• Publication date: January 24, 2010

Father of the Bride Father of the Bride

After dating her boyfriend for just three months, 22-year-old Annie is ready to ...

After dating her boyfriend for just three months, 22-year-old Annie is ready to walk down the aisle with him, but her father George Banks, played by legendary comedic actor Steve Martin, is having trouble coming to terms with her decision, leading him to near insanity and quite possibly bankruptcy. The Banks are a typical middle class suburban family. Dad makes ends meet as the owner of a footwear company, proudly making it possible for his daughter to travel across the globe, most recently to Rome, where much to his dismay Annie meets her fiancée. On the other hand Annie’s future in-laws, the MacKenzies, are affluent socialites living in the lap of luxury. In a fit of insecurity, George agrees to finance the wedding and seeks the services of top European decorator Franck Eggelhoffer, whose plans include a $1,250 cake and live swans costing $100,000, a bill George cannot afford to pay. Nevertheless plans move forward, and the Banks examine their guest list of potentially 600 friends and family members. With each guest costing George $250, they narrow the invitations down to the bare minimum, gleefully crossing out the names of individuals who have recently passed away. Still, no amount of preparation can put dad’s heart at ease. During an embarrassing visit to the MacKenzies’ posh home George is caught snooping in the family’s checkbook; adding insult to injury – or perhaps injury to insult, George manages to launch himself from a second story bathroom window, and into the MacKenzies’ swimming pool. On the home front he watches America’s Most Wanted attentively each week, fearful that his future son-in-law will be profiled. Petrified or not, no amount of worrying can halt Annie’s big day, and George must accept that his little girl is a young woman now. Father of the Bride was a hugely successful movie and eventually spawned a sequel in 1995. It also marked the continuing transformation of Steve Martin’s characters from coldhearted funny guys into warm and fuzzy family men. Nineteen years later the picture is still well regarded; most recently the television network Bravo declared it one of the funniest movies of all time.