Film: Father Of The Bride
Father of the Bride
is a 1991 film
, a remake
of a 1950 film of the same title. It stars Steve Martin
and Diane Keaton as George and Nina Banks (no, not THAT George Banks
) as the parents of Annie Banks
(Kimberly Williams Paisley) who is about to get married
to Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern
), and while her rather skinflint Bumbling Dad
nearly has an aneurysm about the costs of the wedding, he realises slowly that Annie has grown up
and is leaving him. Yes, it sounds cliché, but the film has so many warm moments.
In 1995 there was a sequel where Annie gets pregnant, triggering a Mid Life Crisis
in George that ultimately ends up getting Nina
This film contains examples of the following tropes:
- How We Got Here: The movie begins after the wedding is over, then backtracks five months when "the storm broke".
- Love at First Sight: It is strongly implied that this is what happened with Annie and Bryan because Annie's story of how they met is very short.
- Only Sane Man: George flirts with this at points in the first movie, as the wedding plans grow increasingly elaborate and expensive. He definitely sees himself as this, at any rate.
- Opening Monologue: George follows this into his role as Narrator.
- Overprotective Dad
George: What can I say? I'm a father. Worrying comes with the territory.
- Parental Marriage Veto: This is how George reacts when Annie announced her engagement.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Annie's wedding gown is a Pimped-Out Dress with lots of skirt and plenty of lace.
- Rant Inducing Slight: George's hot-dog rant is basically a PG version of Martin's infamous rant from Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
George: I'll tell you what I'm doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don't need rather than make a stink. Well they're not ripping of this nitwit any more because I'm not paying for one more thing I don't need. George Banks is saying NO!
- She Is All Grown Up: George hadn't realized Annie grown up until she announced her enagement. He still sees her as a little girl with her hair in pigtails. Him coming to terms with this fact is part of the movie's conflict.
- Shout-Out: The clock that Annie is given that looks like Michelangelo's David was also a gift in the original film.
- Stay in the Kitchen: This is what Annie thinks Bryan expects of her in their marriage when he gives her a blender as a wedding present. In truth he was thinking more along the lines of "one of us might want to blend something at some point in the future".
- Tacky Tuxedo: As George learns to his chagrin, Armani doesn't make a navy tux.
- Time-Compression Montage: There's two of these in the first movie. The first one shows the months leading up to the wedding and the second one shows a much longer period of time where Annie is growing up.