George Banks (Steve Martin) has just heard the words every father dreads. His daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) has just announced that she's getting married to Bryan (George Newbern), a man she met while studying in Europe. While George's wife Nina (Diane Keaton) is thrilled by the news, George doesn't handle it well. After all, this means big changes happening in his life. And he doesn't cope well with change.
So, naturally, he handles this the way any dad would. He starts watching "America's Most Wanted" in case Bryan is on it. And when it comes to planning the wedding, his idea is cheap and informal, much to the women's dismay. Will he ever get with the program? And if he does, will he survive the big day?
This movie isn't a laugh until it hurts comedy. There are plenty of laugh out loud parts, but the humor is often subtler. While some of George's antics are definitely over the top and border on embarrassing, the movie manages to find the balance between embarrassment and humor. And the ending it truly touching.
And I can't say enough about the acting. Everyone is believable. In fact, what makes the movie work is the fact that every one of the characters and actors seems absolutely real. The exception, of course, are Franck and Howard, the over the top wedding coordinators played by Martin Short and B. D. Wong who absolutely steal every scene they are in.
Whether you've gone through a wedding or not, this movie will make you laugh and touch you. And what more could you want from a wedding, and movie, then that?