This is why I'm glad I didn't run over Steve Martin
Six years ago, I almost ran over Steve Martin in New York City.
Yeah, I'm not proud of it, but it's true -- I almost ran down a living legend of comedy while he was crossing the street in the West Village.
As Steve Martin scooted across West 4th, just barely avoiding being struck by my minivan, my very first thought was the headline:
"Big Fat Nobody Whacks Father of the Bride"
Can you imagine how upset the world would be with me if I accidentally ran over the man who brought us what is probably the greatest father/daughter movie of all time? I mean, I'd hate me.
I love this movie.
I loved this movie even before I had two daughters, and it's still one of those movies that sort of seeps into the psyche of a father with daughters. Even though my daughters are nowhere near marriage (thank you, God), I still can't help but frame my references around Father of the Bride.
Throughout the movie, we get to see a very real reaction to a very unreal situation where a father needs to let go of a person that means more to him than really anything.
Unlike so many movies that turn into cliche, Father of the Bride shows us a glimpse of reality where the parents (George and Nina Banks) fret over the little things while working as a team to provide a magical wedding. You see George navigate through the massive expenses while trying to pull together the best experience possible for his family.
As a father, if you don't get choked up (okay, I admit it) by the end when George's daughter, Annie searches for her father's final approval and send off into adulthood adventure -- well, then you're just not alive. Sheez, I'm getting all misty-eyed just thinking about it.
Father of the Bride will be relevant for as long as parents have children that grow up and get married. As a remake of a classic Spencer Tracy movie made in 1950, this particular plot will always be intriguing. This movie is punctuated by classic comedy provided by an all star cast that is both safe for families, and worthy of watching multiple times.
Like I said, I love this movie, and I can't wait to watch it with my own daughters.
Now, aren't you glad I didn't run over Steve Martin?
Do you love Father of the Bride? Here are some other great classic movies you'd probably love to see again.
Another great comedy from a similar era when movies were a bit sillier and safer. This is just a fun family movie.
Want to see the original? I think it would be fun to compare how things have changed yet how they've stayed the same. Check out this classic 1950 Spencer Tracy original!
Tom Hanks before he was TOM HANKS. You've got mail is the quintessential romantic comedy that is going to be great to watch again.
Here's some feel great videos just for Dads. Okay, Papa - I dare you not to get emotional. Good luck.
Okay, this one crushed me. As a military dad with two daughters, it doesn't get much more hardcore.
If you're a dad with daughters, you get it.
This is just plain awesome!!
Classic Steve Martin. So good you can't ignore him.
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Last updated on March 7, 2014
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