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Family is essential. Love endures. Parents' relationships and values have a direct influence on their children's relationships and values, but children grow up and have their own values, beliefs, and attitudes. Wealth doesn't bring happiness. Don't judge people by their nationality, and don't stereotype people based on nationality or culture.
Positive Role Models
Billy works hard to provide for his family, but he forgets to give them the attention they need. Ingrid has given her husband an ultimatum in order to enjoy her late middle age; she's a caring and intuitive mom. Cora marches to her own drum and refuses to follow her parents' desired path, but she has talent and works hard at her craft. Sofia has also worked hard for her career, and she and her fiancé have modern ideas about gender roles in a marriage.
Set in Miami, and main characters are Cuban American and Mexican. Confronts stereotypes in ways both funny and insightful. Thoughtful discussion of cultural issues, like what traditions come from where and how different families use English and Spanish at home. Discussion of immigration. Characters grapple with generational change and gender roles. Director Gaz Alazraki is Mexican.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, flirtation, discussion of a woman sleeping with her fiancé before marriage. Characters go to a strip club for a bachelor party, where women in short-shorts dance; an uncle is about to go into a private room with one of the dancers. Two characters who seem to have a mutual attraction share a dance at the end, but a possible relationship between them is left undiscussed.
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"S--t," "hell," "freaking," "pee," "God" (as an exclamation), and some swearing in Spanish.
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Products & Purchases
The families of the bride and groom are both very wealthy; one owns a soccer team, mansions, and a luxury yacht. Brands seen/mentioned include Mac, Uber, Instagram, Starbucks, Biltmore.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol with meals and in social settings. Adults also get drunk at bachelor and bachelorette parties. Cigar smoking. A character owns a beer company.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this take on Father of the Bride -- like the 1950 and 1991 versions -- is based on the novel by Edward Streeter. But it moves the action from the suburbs to Miami and centers on Cuban American and Mexican characters played by the likes of Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan. Characters discuss immigration, as well as stereotypes and misconceptions about their cultures. Family is a priority, and the film shows how parents' relationships and values have a direct influence on their children, even as times change and values evolve. The two central families are both extremely wealthy. Adults drink, sometimes to excess, and smoke cigars. There's kissing, flirting, discussion of a woman sleeping with her fiancé before marriage, and scenes in a strip club where women dance in short-shorts. Language includes "s--t," "hell," "freaking," "pee," "God" (as an exclamation), and some swearing in Spanish. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This may be the most serious retelling yet of the classic family tale, and the updated setting and characters give it a whole new life. There's definitely comedy in this version of Father of the Bride, but, from the very beginning, the tone is more "middle-age existential crisis" than "bumbling patriarch." The movie opens with Garcia summarizing his rags-to-riches immigrant tale in a voice-over and concluding, "So if I did everything right, how the hell did I end up here?" Flash to Billy and Ingrid on opposite ends of a therapist's couch. Their pending divorce and marital issues are portrayed as realistic, not comedic, and both actors seem more comfortable in the dramatic range. Their characters have built an enviable life, full of extended family, which the film embraces as both cultural and a device to get viewers invested in their reconciliation.
Sofia's family is Cuban American, and the in-laws to be are Mexican, a combo that provides some cultural humor, as well as "teachable moments." The film confronts stereotypes in ways both funny (the clueless wedding planner pitching a flamenco-flamingo themed wedding, or Cuban and Mexican men hurling colloquial insults at each other) and insightful (Garcia correcting "immigrant" to "exile" and stressing "I don't know what 'Latinx' means"). The characters are also grappling with a lot of generational change, including gender roles. When a Mexican character asks a group from the two families why they're all speaking English, it's a meta moment for the film, but characters continue to use English together even in private pairs. Still, some Spanish is thrown in, and not all of it subtitled. That, together with Mexican director Gaz Alazraki and cinematographer Igor Jadue-Lillo's loving filming of Miami, suggests that the story, while universal, is playing directly to a Latino audience. The Latin jazz soundtrack is a bonus.
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