Father of the Bride (1991)

Charles Shyer directs Steve Martin, Martin Short and Kimberly Williams in this family comedy about about a loving father not quite ready to let his little girl go when she announces she is getting married.

A remake of a Spencer Tracy movie, and let’s be honest Steve Martin is no Spencer Tracy. Strange that he choose to suppress his trademark wild and crazy energy to play straightman in a series of glossy, interchangeable family comedies. It feels a waste having him in such light, manipulative fare. Yet if you can get past the lack of jokes and palpable deficit of craziness, you can see why he made the shift. These projection booth soufflés made more box office dollar than his wackier jaunts in the 1990s. The film itself is easy listening filler, pleasingly gliding through its own warm sugary doughyness. The wealth on display is slightly offensive, no one lives like this and complains about the cost of a wedding. But part of the hook is seeing the chocolate box lifestyle turned into something even more… ‘aspirational’? Maybe tastefully gaudy is the more apt words. Anyhoo… you can’t blame a film for being what it is, not when it is so masterfully assembled. A product, made not for me, but made well.

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My Top 10 Steve Martin Movies

1. The Muppet Movie (1979)

2. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

3. The Jerk (1979)

4. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

5. Three Amigos (1986)

6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

7. L.A. Story (1991)

8. Roxanne (1987)

9. The Man With Two Brains (1983)

10. Parenthood (1989)

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