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Father of the Bride (1950)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Old-fashioned, star-studded father-daughter comedy.

Movie NR 1950 92 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Classic dad & daughter movie

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Lustrous black-and-white film, sparkling performances, and relatable comic moments never overpower the heart of this classic movie -- a father's love for his emerging, now grown-up daughter. Old school in its values and gender roles, this 1950 movie looks back at an upper-middle-class, white, loving family whose challenges are definitely what are now called "first-world problems." And planning a wedding is always fodder for comedy -- twenty-first-century "destination" weddings and families willing to take out second mortgages are with us now. So, it's with great nostalgia that we look back at Stanley's shock when he discovers that he might have to "fork over" more than $3 per person for food and $85 for an orchestra. Spencer Tracy is in top form here; Elizabeth Taylor is at her most beautiful and most charming. Overall, the best way to enjoy Father of the Bride is to look fondly on times past like these with trousseaus and shopping sprees and evening gowns, even if it means overlooking the fact that a bride in 1950 didn't choose her own honeymoon, let alone her own future.

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