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Father of the Bride (1991)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 11

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Critic Reviews: 7
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Steve Martin stars in this remake of the 1950 Vincente Minnelli classic as shoe executive George Banks, whose happily married existence hits a bump when he greets his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams), home from a semester studying in Europe. She tells her father that she is engaged to be married. When the shocked George asks to whom, she says his name is Bryan (George Newbern) and that he is an "independent communications consultant." George is even more shocked when he finds out what the

PG, 1 hr. 45 min.


Charles Shyer

Nancy Meyers

Jan 1, 1991 Wide

Apr 20, 1999


All Critics (39) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (11) | DVD (17)

Neither the '90s nor the husband-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer (they wrote the new version, she co-produced, he directed) can match the original film's grace or wit.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment
TIME Magazine
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Best stuff here comes strsight from Martin, such as his frenzied antics in the in-laws' house or his ridiculous Tom Jones imitation in front of a mirror in a too-tight tuxedo.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment
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The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier film's most memorable moments have been preserved.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment
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[A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment
Washington Post
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This is a movie with heart, and there are little moments in it when Martin is deeply moved by the fact that this perfect creature he brought into the world is now going to start a family of her own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment
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After a provocative setup, this Touchstone Pictures offering pads innocuously down the aisle, a remake that doesn't touch the Spencer Tracy classic of the same name.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment
Washington Post
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The film belongs to Steve Martin, whose crisp, almost bitter delivery, although frequently off-putting, manages to put an edge to a film that, without him, would be mush.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment
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The film does work, but not quite as well as the Hepburn-Tracy classic that it seeks to replace. Mildly amusing.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment
Empire Magazine

A charming, if pointless remake of the Spencer Tracy classic.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment

Steve Martin's sweet-natured wedding weepy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment
Common Sense Media

Humdrum remake of Tracy classic, but has its moments with Steve Martin.

June 21, 2008 Comment

See Spencer Tracy in the original instead.

January 17, 2008 Comment (1)

Some sequences and dialogue are lifted directly from the original, but in the wider context, this merely serves to underline the remake's comparative lack of tenderness and subtlety.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment

It is an adorable little film that has not lost its spark in the past fifteen years.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comment
7M Pictures

For all its glad-handing of cheer and all-encompassing warmth, has a heart as tiny and cold and calculated as a Grinch's.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment
Film Freak Central's not difficult to see why the film has endured since it's release or why a sequel was commissioned just a few years later.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment
Reel Film Reviews

Some parts were sweet without being sugary even in 1991, and they're still as sweet today.

June 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Comment

Not much more than a fluffy little valentine of a movie, but there's still some actual warmth and wit underneath the "been there, seen that, nice wedding" exterior.

June 8, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment

While it tries too hard to be poignant and meaningful, it remains a heartwarming reminder of Hollywood's earlier days of happily-ever-after. (15th Anniversary Edition)

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment

This 1991 update of Father of the Bride may not be quite as touching or as funny as the older version, but it is still lighthearted, gentle, sweet, frothy fun.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment

Is the wedding cake outrageously expensive? Get over it, George.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment
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Audience Reviews for Father of the Bride

Hillarious!!! This movie is just a wonderful story about Dads having difficulties letting go of their little girl. :) :)

April 5, 2008

This is a good family movie. I wouldn't say this was hilarious as some of the scenes seemed to be. But this was decent. I haven't seen the original movie. But this was enough to give me the general idea of that. I liked the wedding planner most. He was the best character that made me laugh.

August 28, 2010

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