Pros:funny, lovable, great story, will make you want to watch over and over again
The Bottom Line: Great, great film. A real winner. I love it!
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
Father of the Bride is simply a great, feel good film. It is also is one of those rare films that I can watch over and over again and never tire of. It is one of those films where I will stop everything I am doing when I find it on TV and watch- no matter what part it is at.
I first saw this film with my dad when I was younger and instantly loved it. It touches on the relationships that fathers have with their own daughters and relating to it is a great feeling.
All of the acting is wonderfully done. Steve Martin shines as the over-protective dad who doesn't want his daughter to get married. He still believes she is his little girl. Martin Short plays the wedding planner and is simply hilarious! His accent is excellent, and really carries throughout the film. These two are twice the fun when they are together.
When Annie comes home announcing that she is engaged to a man she met overseas named Bryan, the fun begins. The look on George Banks's face is perfect. From then on, it is a struggle for George to accept his little girl is all grown up, and of course planning the huge wedding. George also meets the wealthy in-laws and ends up in a sticky situation when he is over visiting at their house and snoops around.
Annie also tries to deal with the many emotions she is facing including a classic scene where she almost breaks down after Bryan gives her a blender as a present.
George worries about the cost of the wedding and ends up in a jail for a bit over stealing hot dog buns. I laugh so hard I almost cry at that scene. "Get me security." Oh man, that's a winning line.
Of course the big day comes and it is wonderful for the families- and the viewers of this awesome wedding. Here, we feel the love come through for all involved on this special day, especially George and his daughter.
Some of the best scenes are where George dreams of Annie as a little girl, and then growing up. Bring out the tissues, people. You are going to need them.
I applaud this film. It is one of my favorite. We need more feel good films like this one these days. I can't wait to go watch it again now after writing this review!
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening