Father of the Bride
2022 Version Compared to the 1991 Version
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Hard to compete with the 1991 Father of the Bride movie with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton as the parents and Martin Short as the hard-to-understand French Wedding Planner, Franck Eggelhoffer, who sells a $1,200 wedding “ceke.” The 1991 Father of the Bride is silly, funny, and politically incorrect in portraying certain characters. But back in 1991, it was hilarious and still kind of funny today. The 2022 Father of the Bride is a romantic comedy. This 2022 version is the same story but completely different, politically correct, respects the Cuban and Mexican cultures, and is enjoyable but not hilarious. Plus, you know what is going to happen
Billy’s (Andy Garcia, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) 21-year-old daughter, Sofia (Adria Arjona, Triple Frontier), surprises everyone by telling her family she is engaged to Adan (Diego Boneta, Die in a Gunfight). And they are moving to Mexico. Her authoritative father, Billy, butts heads with the bride and groom and with the wealthy future Mexican father-in-law, Hernan (Pedro Damian), trying to get his way on all the details of the wedding since he’s the father of the bride.
1991 Father of the Bride had voice-overs of Steve Martin speaking to himself about how he really feels. There are no voice-overs in the 2022 Father of the Bride, although the motives of the father in the 2022 version are not difficult to understand. But voice-overs can be funny.
The bride’s mother is Ingrid, played by Gloria Estefan (Miami Sound Machine). Although there is an opportunity for Gloria to sing, she does not sing; instead, the grandmother sings. It might have been a bit special if Gloria Estefan sang in this version of the Father of the Bride. Her role is the most disappointing of the characters.
Natalie (Chloe Fineman, SNL cast member) is the Wedding Planner in the 2022 version. She is slightly outrageous as a snobby millennial, always connected to social media, but not as outrageous and over the top as Martin Short is in the 1991 version. But the character Natalie is fun and the main comic relief in the film, and she also is the only non-Latinx character in the movie.
It is interesting to see the clash between the Cuban and Mexican cultures, something not in the 1991 version, and there is excellent Latinx music throughout. The only non-Latinx music is at the end when the movie ends with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, which fits in well.
The 2022 Father of the Bride is a romantic comedy and is an enjoyable watch, with a bit of humor and comic relief. Maybe this 2022 version is more poignant than the 1991 version.