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Father of the Bride (SE)
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06.12.2005 By: Scott Weinberg
Father of the Bride (SE) order
Director:
Charles Shyer

Actors:
Steve Martin
Diane Keaton
Martin Short

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's about a rich and lovable family full of cuddly people and wonderfully exciting wedding plans ... but mostly it's about one goofball daddy who has a whole lot of trouble letting his little girl go.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you make sure you've got your schmaltz-o-meter turned up pretty high, there's a lot to enjoy in this remake of Father of the Bride. Sure, it's amazingly sweet, light, and airy -- but it's also got a few great comic actors doing generally amusing things -- plus everything's just so darn warm and wonderful. Only the overtly cynical would be turned off by what's offered here.

But let's get one thing straight: If it weren't for the fantastic lead performance by Steve Martin (and a rather hilarious supporting turn by Martin Short), Father of the Bride might have been crushed to a pulp underneath all the preciousness. I mean, the house is perfect, the daughter's perfect, the mini-Culkin lil brother is perfect ... I recommend diabetics to steer clear of this flick.

Whenever things get just a bit too fluffy, Steve Martin breaks out with something surprisingly warm or endearingly goofy. Plus there's that extended cameo by Martin Short that everybody seems to love -- cuz indecipherable accents can be pretty funny when they're delivered by a crafty comedian. And of course there's the lovely Diane Keaton in the background, contributing a minor backbone to the proceedings. Plus, wow! That Kimberly Williams was one amazingly cute kitten back in the day.

THE EXTRAS
Writer/producer/director Charles Shyer delivers a rather dry and obvious audio commentary that just might be worth a listen if you're a fan of the flick. But then again, I'm a pretty big fan of the flick -- and I thought this particular yak-track was kind of a snooze.

Steve Martin & Martin Short Interview Each Other is precisely what it sounds like: Two comedians chatting wittily.

An Invitation to Father of the Bride is a surface-deep look at the production of the flick. Not much here to make you slap your head in amazement, trust me.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I'm known to have a very low tolerance for cinematic schmaltziness, but Father of the Bride still works for me -- thanks mainly to Steve Martin's charming lead performance, but also because there seems to be a little dose of actual heart beneath all the cuddly clichés. (And Martin Short's funny accents sure are silly!)
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