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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family is important and should support one anther. Change is a natural part of life. Let your kids grow, and respect them as adults.
Positive Role Models
All four members of the Banks family treat each other warmly. Annie is smart, capable, and kind. George struggles to accept his daughter growing up and acts in controlling and overprotective ways, but he gradually learns to let go and trust her. Nina is nurturing and understanding toward George, even as she gets frustrated. Young Matty shows maturity in dealing with his father and supports his sister.
Majority White cast. Some Black and South Asian characters work in George's factory as laborers. Stereotypes include an East Asian assistant, a Latina maid, and a campy gay wedding planner with a faux French accent. Gender roles are played into, with George as the chaotic, fiery-tempered man-child and his wife Nina as the sensitive, patient eye-roller. Though Annie is infantilized by her father, she's smart and capable, training as an architect and beating him at basketball.
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Violence & Scariness
Pratfalls, but no injuries. George has an outburst in a grocery store and ends up in jail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references include mention of condoms and "doing it" in every room of the house. There are kisses on the lips -- one quite passionate -- and caresses on the knee.
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Characters say "oh my God" on a few occasions.
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Products & Purchases
Money is mentioned frequently in relation to the elaborate wedding, with idea of a simple wedding seen as sad by the family. Brands referenced include Nike Air, Pellegrino, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, the Lakers team, and the movie Bringing Up Baby.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink on a few occasions, including with dinner, at a bar, and at the wedding, though characters aren't seen drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steve Martin's comic antics in Father of the Bride -- plus the warm messages about family support and learning to embrace change -- make this remake of Vincent Minnelli's 1950 film a sweet and enjoyable movie. That said, it does mythologize the concept of the high-cost, over-the-top wedding as though it were a requirement for all, and a number of brands are mentioned. It also leans into stereotypes around gender, race, and sexuality, and characters are almost exclusively White. (Characters of color are shown in support/manual jobs.) There are a few sexual references, and characters drink alcohol but aren't shown drunk. But overall, it's a fun, lighthearted comedy that should appeal to both kids and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film spins a pretty web of nuptial fantasy, though it makes you wonder whether such frenzied consumerism is really what weddings should be about. That said, there's a lot to like in Father of the Bride, especially its warm, witty star: Martin embodies the fiercely overprotective dad struggling to let go, prickly but loving, and a real softie at heart. Keaton has little to do here but smile through tears; her role has been usurped by Martin Short's Franck, the wedding planner who leans into lazy gay stereotypes, but whose over-the-top performance can still often be funny. The scenes between Franck and George are superb, making up for the overly sweet sentiment elsewhere.
Also to its credit, this film manages to capture a sense of the specific bond that can exist between father and daughter. As George wrestles with the fact that his little girl, who saw him as her hero, is growing up, he experiences emotions that most parents and children will relate to. And in a welcome update of the 1950 original, Annie has more to offer than just a pretty face: She's pursuing a career in architecture, and she can play a mean game of basketball, too.
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