Film Watch – 361. Father of the Bride

father-of-the-brideFast Facts

Title: Father of the Bride
Director: Charles Shyler
Year: 1991
Run time: 1 hr 45 mins

Background Info

A classic, and one that we watched when we needed something simple and delightful. I’ve seen it before, although I can remember the sequel more than I can the original. What I do know is, and this will not come as a surprise to anyone, that Franck is brilliant!

Live Blog

2:32 – There are many reasons I’m glad we got married on a boat. The detritus post-wedding may be one of them!
4:07 – Totally impressive to start a movie with a monologue.
6:31 – He has a brilliant car. Don’t put a bike on the back of it.
11:09 – “We’re getting maaaaarried.”
11:47 – This other Culkin kid is way cuter than the more famous one.
16:30 – I want a basketball hoop!
19:30 – He’s wearing Nikes! That’s a fail right there.
21:41 – I don’t think you should ever say “to use a word from your generation.
28:41 – And I’m impressed by the size of the Banks’ house. This other one must be enormous.
37:55 – The bride burger and the groom burger sound excellent. I wonder how they are different.
42:10 – Franck!
48:47 – Argh, the invitations conversation is the worst.
52:39 – “Oh, very nice. We’ll change it all though.”
58:57 – Love the flipout in the supermarket. I can relate to that so much.
1:04:25 – “Makes great foam.”
1:08:30 – Steve Martin has the best faces.
1:11:09 – I don’t really get the whole calling your in-laws mum and dad.
1:18:40 – Playing basketball in the depths of the night isn’t exactly… quiet.
1:27:34 – I feel like this bit is emotional but… I don’t get weddings.
1:36:16 – This is chock full of wedding songs, I bet the soundtrack was popular.
1:39:36 – It’s not like she’s not going to be back. I’ve seen the sequel.

Conclusions

Aside from some of the fashion, the film has held up really well. The underlying story of a man losing his daughter and/or gaining a son is one that doesn’t tire, and with the additional bonuses such as a Culkin in the family, and a Franck organising the wedding, there’s plenty to like. Steve Martin is so expressive, and the dialogue is very well done. Really enjoyed it – more than I was even expecting to.

Rating: 4/5

One comment

  1. elephino

    I’m not a big fan of this type of movie generally (though amazing how many I’ve seen), but Steve Martin is just brilliant at almost everything he does.

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