Original: Father of the Bride (1950)
Director: Charles Shyer
Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short, George Newbern, BD Wong, Kiernam Culkin
In 1950, Golden Era leading man Spencer Tracy received an Oscar nomination for his work in Father of the Bride, a vibrant, accessible, and entirely feel-good comedy about a dad coming to terms with his grown-up little girl's impending nuptials. Considering that patriarchs in any era can relate to that narrative set-up, it was inevitable that Father of the Bride would be remade, and in 1991 that's exactly what happened. Fortunately, Steve Martin was attracted to the material.
Made back when Martin was still headlining mainstream comedies (a time that's sorely missed, frankly), Father of the Bride is a faithful spin on the '50 film that breezes on by thanks to a pair of hilarious and always-on performances from Martin and fellow comedy great Martin Short (as a flamboyant wedding planner). In this case, the original far outweighs its remake, but Father of the Bride is, nonetheless, an enjoyable romp.