In preparation for its June 16 walk down the aisle, HBO Max’s The father of the bride received a trailer. The reimagining follows the pattern of the 1991 film series of the same name, which starred Steve Martin, Diane Keatonand Kimberly Williamsand the original 1950 film directed by Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennettand Elizabeth Taylor. This time, panicked parents will be interpreted by Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, and the story will update to reflect the world we live in today.
The trailer reveals a young woman named Sofia (Adria Arjona) giving her parents Billy (Garcia) and Ingrid (Estefan) the surprise of a lifetime when she announces her recent engagement to her short-lived boyfriend, Adan (Diego Boneta), on them. Patriarch of a traditional Cuban-American family, the stress begins to pile up for Billy, who insists on paying for the wedding and following a host of other longstanding traditions. As the happy couple continue their walk to say “yes,” Billy and Ingrid prepare to tell their family they plan to divorce, something the duo hopes to keep hidden until the big event is over.
Directed by Alazraki gasthe feature, like the others before it, was based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Edward Streeter. The father of the bride also stars Isabelle Merced, Enrique Murciano, Macarena Achaga, Ana Fabregaand Chloe Fineman. Written by Matt Lopez, the updated romantic comedy breathes new life into an old story. Although some things remain the same, such as the global themes of parents abandoning their children as they grow up, the reimagining deviates from several plot points of the original films, including a happily married couple as as parents of the bride.
The next feature will show how changes affect everyone involved and how sometimes the most difficult changes turn out to be the best in the long run. One thing we’re glad to see stay the same is the over-the-top wedding planner. Played by Martin runs in the 1991 film, the new interpretation of the role went to another Saturday Night Live actor, Fineman. If Fineman’s version is anything like Short’s (and judging by the trailer, it is), we can expect plenty of laugh-out-loud comedic moments whenever Fineman graces the screen.
Putting the right spin on a remake is what makes them shine, and that’s exactly what we hope to get out of The father of the bride when it arrives on HBO Max on June 16. See for yourself in the trailer below.
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