Director: Gary Alazraki
Writer: Matt Lopez
Stars: Adria Arjona, Isabela Merced, Andy Garcia
The father of the bride is one of those stories. After being published as a novel in 1949 by author Edward Streeter, the book was quickly adapted for film the following year by Vincente Minnelli. He starred as Spencer Tracy as the father, an old-fashioned man worried about his daughter’s marriage to a modern man.
Our first thought would be that this HBO/Warner Bros. adaptation looks extremely familiar. However, with the trailer posted on YouTube, the film is strikingly different from the 1991 version of the film. It feels like the story has been reinvented a bit and made to suit this time.
Almost 30 years after the last incarnation of Father of the Bride, comes the latest update, with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan taking the place of fathers previously used by Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in 1991 (not to mention Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett). in 1950). But don’t expect this version to be just a recap of the beloved story with a Latin twist: today’s Father of the Bride, which premieres on HBO Max on June 16, has some pretty complications for 2022.
“His marriage to his wife is in crisis,” says Garcia, 66, who plays Miami architect Billy, husband of Ingrid (Gloria Estefan). “He’s sliding downhill and he’s on a slippery slope, not because they don’t love each other. We’ve grown up in different spaces and take our marriage for granted at this point.” Adds Estefan, 64, “She’s pushing a button — that D-word for divorce. She’s trying to push him to wake up because a year of therapy certainly hadn’t woken him up. But that decision is hard for him.” A latina”. do.”
A father of the bride where the parents don’t have a perfect marriage? It’s enough for us to throw a tantrum at a grocery store because we don’t want to pay for superfluous buns. Other changes? The younger brother is not a little brother (because, yes, that was Succession’s Kieran Culkin illegally parking wedding guests’ cars in 1991), but a little sister (Dora’s Isabella Merced). And the bride, Sophie (Adria Arjona), actually gasped! She — she proposes to her fiancé Adán (Diego Boneta).
And, of course, the biggest change: Instead of the affluent white East Coast family of 1950 or the affluent white California family of 1991, the film focuses on an affluent Cuban-American family. in today’s Miami. (As well as the stunning Mexican-American family Sophie marries.)
“It was both an honor and an obligation to deliver a story that is within the Latin cultures, in this case, the Cuban and the Mexican, trying to relate,” says García. “There’s an obligation to get it right, to represent it without stereotypes, so that while it’s culturally specific, its themes are universal.” Says Estefan, “The fact that we’re two Latino cultures blending together in that movie, it might seem strange to them because they can lump us all into one lump, when we have these subtle differences.”