Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1991. Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1, Sandollar Productions. Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, based on a screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett. Cinematography by John Lindley. Produced by Carol Baum, Nancy Meyers, Howard Rosenman. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Sandy Veneziano. Costume Design by Susan Becker. Film Editing by Richard Marks.
Remake of the 1950 classic with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor remains fresh and fun forty-one years later, with all of its suburban American values completely intact. Steve Martin is the bewildered father whose beloved daughter (Kimberly Williams) has suddenly grown up and announced that she is getting married. Mom (Diane Keaton) couldn’t be more delighted, but Dad is completely at a loss for words; for one thing, can he handle his little girl growing up and moving out? For another, can he handle the flurry of wedding preparations that are taking over his home and emptying his wallet? Thanks to having Martin and Keaton playing the parents, the situations are a lot smarter and sharper than they were the first time around, but it’s still a big schlockfest that will only appeal to the most hopelessly romantic audiences. Its sequel is a lot classier and much more entertaining.