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