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4.0 out of 5 stars The Caak?, 15 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Father Of The Bride [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Father of the Bride is by far the best of Steve Martin's later work, at some points even harking back to his glory days with Carl Reiner (The Jerk, The Man With Two Brains). Father of the Bride is a remake of the 1950s classic with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor but could not be more different. Martin's portrayal of the over-cautious father who is struggling with letting go of his daughter and, as he sees it, giving her to another man is unrepeatable. His descent into almost madness is sheer genius climaxing in the fantastic supermarket scene. Further comedy is injected when Martin Short (Innerspace) turns up as the indecipherable wedding co-ordinator, seemingly intent on spending all of Steve Martin's money! Short and Martin play off each other brilliantly, a fond reminder of Three Amigos, showing the fact that they are both greatly underrated these days. Diane Keaton (The Godfather) is perfect as Martin's wife, the level headed other half to Martin's anxiety-ridden character. The films great asset is that whilst being outrageously funny, it never ceases to be anything but completely realistic, I know people who have watched this and said it was a painful reminder watching Martin behaving as they did under the same situation! Though this should not put you off buying this film, it's a modern classic and no mistake. I gave this film 4 stars though I think the film really deserves 5, I deducted one for the DVD because of the lack of extra features. But the film itself is faultless.
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