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  • Summary: In this update of the Hollywood classic, George Banks, the befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his young daughter when she unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Tickling funnybones, this entertaining treat chronicles George's hysterical trials and tribulations leading up to the big event. Father of the Bride promises to love, honor, and deliver the kind of motion picture fun you'll thoroughly enjoy. (Buena Vista Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    The movie, as a whole, isn't nearly so original. Still, it's a pleasing, well-crafted, surprisingly satisfying diversion. It's eager to entertain and has a quality that's genuinely rare these days, a spirit of gentle modesty.
  2. 75
    The film's real subject is the unacknowledged intensity of the father-daughter bond and the difficulty of separation, though Shyer, true to his name, shies away from the more painful implications of the material. [20 Dec 1991, p.B]
  3. One of the nicest things about Father of the Bride is that it's not ashamed to be old-fashioned and sweet. It's also not ashamed to get sappy and drippy and gooey, but you have to take the good with the bad. [20 Dec 1991, p.C1]
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams do their best with a silly screenplay, and there are a few genuine laughs along the way. [20 Dec 1991]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A few bits are filler, albeit funny filler. But those who would rather laugh than cry at weddings ( will say "I do'' to Bride. [20 Dec 1991, p.1D]
  6. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    Alas, the perfect Steve Martin vehicle will probably never be the perfect film, no matter how endearing the silver-haired actor makes himself. And so it is with Father of the Bride; good, but by no means great. [20 Dec 1991, p.C3]
  7. 20
    Martin's grin-and-don't-bare-it performance lifts the picture above sitcom level. [31 Dec 1991]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. GarryK.
    Apr 8, 2008
    A nice, heart-warming family comedy.
  2. Sep 25, 2013
    Well it certainly doesn't get more happy or possess the soft chewy centre that 'Father of the Bride' has, it's joyful, weepy, heavily flawed yet such a feel good journey from beginning to end. Steve Martin commands the screen and calmly narrates this mash-up of coming of age, comedy, letting go and matrimony. Martin plays George Banks, a typical 'dad' who protects and looks after his own, so you could imagine that when his daughter, Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) announces she is getting married to a virtual stranger in the form of Bryan (George Newbern) George is less than impressed, his slip of the tongue and erratic behaviour says it all, but there is never any danger that the film will throw some twisted turn of fate, a film so full of joy it can actually hurt to smile that much, while all the usual wedding obstacles occur, but these are really only there for the comedy value, not for reflective means, but the comedy is certainly there, in the form of Martin Short sporting a very peculiar accent, his flamboyant and barely understandable voice make up a fair amount of gags and generally funny personality traits. My lingering problem is the amount of fluttering butterflies that the film creates, it paints a picture that any wedding you wish to have is possible, which is untrue, but I don't believe the film was about creating a realistic explanation, but more show the journey the parents make, but again, the journey only seems to consist of daddy, as esteemed actress Diane Keaton, who plays other Nina, plays a largely unimportant role, perhaps a traditional scenario calls for a father and his daughter, but the mother is as equally important. Soundtrack, dialogue and flowing direction make this the joyous occasion indeed, granted it can often fill one with false hope, but strong performances and some heartfelt scenes make this is a very happy affair, perhaps one of the happiest, the chemistry between Martin and Williams-Paisley is convincing and full of meaningful tone, Steve Martin especially controls the situation, it's really his film and that's not a bad thing, his charisma and attitude make the film what it is, it's quite difficult to imagine anyone else in the role, even after all these years. Not the most convincing of messages throughout the film, but it definitely feels good to sit and watch the film, relaxing, funny, well orchestrated and insightful for all. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2011
    Not really funny at all and the story was not as "heart warming" as has been said. But it was watchable to so it's my rating of 6................................................................... Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2010
    Daughter returns from Italy, announces marriage, Father not happy, preparations, farce & hullabaloo!!
    Steve Martin is perfect as George Banks
    in this well written yet predictable comedy farce.
    Good support from Diane Keaton & a tremendously over the top Martin Short as the wedding planner. A mention too for his assistant who is remarkably like Gok Wan, a good while before the real one showed up.