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Father of the Bride Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    A few bits are filler, albeit funny filler. But those who would rather laugh than cry at weddings ( will say "I do'' to Bride. [20 Dec 1991, p.1D]

  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's one of the movies with a lot of smiles and laughter in it, and a good feeling all the way through. Just everyday life, warmly observed.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    The film's real subject is the unacknowledged intensity of the father-daughter bond and the difficulty of separation, though Shyer, true to his name, shies away from the more painful implications of the material. [20 Dec 1991, p.B]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Steve Martin's sweet-natured wedding weepy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Steve Martin's comic antics make this remake a sweet confection of a movie. Still, parents should know that this movie mythologizes the high-cost, over-the-top wedding as though it were a requirement for all -- the wedding industry does a fine job of that on its own. Martin Short's flamboyant character is funny, but an unfortunate gay stereotype at the same time.

  • Families can talk about why Steve Martin's character acts up the way he does. Why is it hard to let go when family members change? Also, do you think a wedding should cost that much? It may be helpful to explain to kids what big business the wedding industry really is. Do you think the father, per tradition here, should be the one footing the bill?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Good father-daughter relationship.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Some stereotyping.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some pratfalls but no real violence. Martin's character pitches a fit in a grocery store, lands in jail.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Mythologizes the high-cost, over-the-top wedding as though it were a requirement.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking at the wedding.