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.

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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So, tell me what you think? Do you love Father of the Bride? 22 comments

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Charito1962 6 months ago from Manila, Philippines Level 6 Commenter

I loved this movie! It was so heartwarming.

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OhMe 6 months ago from Pendleton, SC Level 6 Commenter

Great review. I love the movie, too, and am certainly glad you didn't run over the Father of the Bride.

glowchick 6 months ago

Love your review~ I do like this movie and the original with Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor :)

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Merrci 6 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

Great review and very fun to read! I enjoyed both versions very much!

tonyleather 6 months ago

Very funny movie!

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TerriCarr 6 months ago Level 5 Commenter

I am soooooo glad you didn't run over Steve Martin. He is one of our true national treasures. I will have to watch this movie soon!

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Diana Wenzel 6 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

Most likely Steve Martin would have found humor, and perhaps a movie plot, in your near miss (or an actual hit with the van... assuming it was a glancing blow). Still, I'm glad we'll never know. I don't believe I've seen this movie. Given your excellent review, I will go rent it at my first opportunity. Congrats on Review of the Day! And now I'm getting misty eyed. :-)

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GrammieOlivia 6 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Cute movie and yes, I'm glad you didn't run him over!

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lazywrites 6 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Oh my, I have a copy of this movie for a while now, I just didn't bother watching it. You gave me a reason too, thanks for the excellent review! :)

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

Thanks All, for the comments and the likes. This is an all-time favorite for me.

sunnymi 6 months ago

it could be a moved book.i like it.

sunnymi 6 months ago

oh,sorry ,a moved movie~

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@lazywrites: You must stop whatever you are doing right now and watch it.

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: haha! You definitely need to rent it. It's a great snow day or lazy day movie to watch with family.

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DecoratingEvents 6 months ago Level 2 Commenter

One of the absolute best reviews with storytelling I have ever read -- really. Thanks for not mowing down Steve (he's one of my favorites as is the movie) and for writing such an awesome review!

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fullofshoes 6 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Great review.... I think I'll have to watch this movie. Can't believe I haven't seen it since I've seen just about every other Steve Martin movie ever made.

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Wednesday-Elf 6 months ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

Wonderful review of a great movie. I can tell you really relate to the story, especially since 'almost' meeting (and running over) the star, Steve Martin. Good luck with your daughters' weddings (some day in the future...LOL).

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Sylvestermouse 6 months ago from United States Level 6 Commenter

I love Father of the Bride! My daughter and I used to watch it together frequently. Sure am glad you didn't run over Mr. Martin. You would never have lived that down. You might have even been nominated for most hated man in the universe :)

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@Sylvestermouse: Yeah right, huh? I'll never forget the look on his face as he went sailing across the street, and I just cringed -- then got out of there as fast as NYC traffic would let me. Had I hit Steve Martin, I would forever be "The Guy That Hit Steve Martin." Forget about writing for Squidoo.

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@Wednesday-Elf: Thanks, Wednesday! I don't know - my 5-year old daughter just came home and told me that "she was in love with" some boy in her kindergarten class. Really?? Ugh... I get so freaked out. One of my favorite parts of that movie is when his daughter is talking, and all he's seeing is a little girl talking about getting married.

Fatherhood is hardcore.

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@fullofshoes: Oh my. Yes, stop what you're doing right now and go watch this. It's been a long time, but I seem to recall that this was one of Steve Martin's first non "wild and crazy guy" movies. It's a great movie, and I seem to watch it about once per year -- never gets old for me.

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pgallagher lm 6 months ago Hub Author

@DecoratingEvents: Wow. Thanks for that! I took this as one of my "quests" through RocketSquids. I saw it on the list and of course can't ever forget the time I almost ran over Steve Martin. Whenever I see him, I tell the story. My wife never tires of hearing it -- haha!

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