Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride
  • UR
  • 1h 29m
  • 1950
Fresh70%
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Academy Award winners Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor star in this classic comedy about a devoted father's survival--from the time his daughter announces her engagement until the last guest departs from the wedding and reception--as The Father of the Bride. Attorney Stanley T. Banks (Tracy--Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Adam's Rib) finds himself unprepared when his daughter, Kay (Taylor--Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor--Stalag 17), while wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) and son Tommy (Russ Tamblyn--West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) burst with enthusiasm for Kay's wedding. But for Stanley, gaining a "son" offers no consolation for the loss of his baby girl, who's all grown up now with a life of her own.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh70%
Critics Consensus: While it doesn't quite hit the heights of the original, this remake of the 1950 classic is pleasantly enjoyable, thanks in large part to winning performances from Steve Martin and Martin Short.
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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Best stuff here comes strsight from Martin, such as his frenzied antics in the in-laws' house or h...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

Some sequences and dialogue are lifted directly from the original, but in the wider context, this...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier f...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Old-fashioned, star-studded father-daughter comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Father of the Bride, released in 1950, is a classic, beloved family comedy that clearly embraces the gender roles and values of its time. In beautiful black and white, Spencer Tracy holds fast to center stage as he undergoes the trials and tribulations of watching his cherished daughter grow up and commit to marriage while he takes on the responsibility for the wedding, a bash of escalating proportions with all the attending chaos and pleasure. Some of the mid-20th-century values accepted here include: the man as the family breadwinner and main emotional support; the wife as supportive and loving, while making sure her needs and desires are met; and the young woman's sole objective being to find "the one" and move into the next phase of her life -- marriage. An African-American housekeeper is devoted and well-loved. Social drinking is an intrinsic part of the upper-middle-class lifestyle portrayed here; in one scene, the father becomes a bit tipsy and falls asleep. A remake of this film, 1991's Father of the Bride, was a favorite in its time and serves as a wonderful companion piece to this earlier movie.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 20, 1991
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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