FATHER OF THE BRIDE is a remake of the 1991 (Steve Martin) and 1950 (Spencer Tracy) films. Andy Garcia tried to create a “father” with deep Spanish roots. Unfortunately, he didn’t even come close. 

Why is it necessary to remake joyful, beautifully written, and well-acted films? FATHER OF THE BRIDE is a classic story. This current movie is not. The script was stale, and the acting was stilted. It felt like I was watching mannequins perform. Where were the facial expressions, the character’s physicality, or any expression of joy, sadness, angst, or love? Ugh. I felt nothing, and more importantly, I didn’t care about any of their relationship problems. 

I did enjoy the music. Great, fun tracks that almost made me want to get up and dance. Almost. But why, oh why, didn’t Gloria Estefan sing with the band at the end? She portrayed the mom of the bride. I adore her, but not in this mess. It was a missed opportunity for sure. 

FATHER OF THE BRIDE brought wealth and success to the wedding tables, but not even a huge, over-the-top yacht could save this film from sinking.

It is available to stream on HBOMax. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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