Based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Edward Streeter, Father of the Bride is a 2022 American romantic comedy film directed by Gaz Alazraki and written by Matt Lopez. Andy Garca, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona, Isabela Merced, Diego Boneta, and Chloe Fineman star in the film.
It is the third film adaptation of the narrative, following 1950 original and the 1991 remake. Produced by Plan B Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, and HBO Max, released on June 16, 2022.
The Plot of Father of the Bride
The renowned architect Billy Herrera and his wife Ingrid are Cuban-Americans in Miami. They have two children, Sofia, a recent law school graduate, and Cora, a rebellious wannabe fashion designer.
In couples counseling, Ingrid informs Billy that she has had enough of his workaholism and obstinacy and wants a divorce; their counselor advises them to notify their girls immediately. Sofia declares that she is engaged to fellow lawyer Adan Castillo and that they plan to marry in one month before Ingrid announces her engagement.
Billy and Ingrid agree to conceal their separation until after the wedding. And Billy feels concerned regarding Sofia’s wedding and her intention to travel to Mexico with Adan to work for a non-profit organization rather than remain in the United States.
Billy desires a large, traditional Cuban wedding. However, Sofia and Adan choose a more intimate affair. Meanwhile, Sofia requests that Cora create her wedding gown and the outfits for her bridesmaids, which irritates their eccentric wedding planner Natalie Vance.
Hernan, the affluent father of Adan, and the rest of his family are arriving in Miami. Hernan and Billy continue to fight about the expense and scope of the wedding, and Hernan offends Billy by offering to pay for something he cannot afford. Instead, Hernan hosts a grandiose engagement party aboard his yacht.
Hernan has already acquired a beautiful estate on an island near Miami and offers to have the wedding there, provoking a yelling match between him and Billy, who expresses his hate for Adan and the Castillos. Billy appeases Sofia during her dress fitting and informs Adan of their impending divorce during the latter’s bachelor party.
A storm watch has been issued for the upcoming event. The families attend the wedding rehearsal, where Cora overhears Billy discussing his impending divorce with his cousin Junior and instantly informs the other guests.
Sofia is outraged that her parents and Adan have been concealing this information from her, but she reconciles with her father and agrees to proceed with the wedding. The Herrera family spends the night together on that stormy night.
The next day, the weather cleared, but the storm had wrecked the wedding venue’s sole bridge and a large portion of the decorations. The Herreras and Castillos pool their resources to arrange a last-minute wedding at the Herrera residence, officiated by Natalie. Billy ultimately consents to Sofia and Adan’s marriage while he and Ingrid revive their romance.
Date of Release of Father of the Bride
The film was released on HBO Max on June 16, 2022. The article contains further information on the film.
- Billy Herrera is played by Andy Garca.
- Ingrid Herrera is played by Gloria Estefan.
- Emily Estefan when she was little Herrera, Ingrid
- Adria Arjona in the role of Sofia Herrera
- Cora Herrera is played by Isabela Merced.
- Adan Castillo is played by Diego Boneta.
- Natalie Vance is played by Chloe Fineman.
- Kyler is played by Casey Thomas Brown.
- Pedro Damián in the role of Hernan Castillo
- Vanessa is played by Ana Fabrega.
- Junior is played by Enrique Murciano.
- Laura Harring plays Marcela Castillo.
- Ruben Rabasa plays Tio Walter.
- Marta Velasco in the role of Caridad “Chi Chi” Gonzalez
- Julieta Castiilo is played by Macarena Achaga.
- Matt Walsh plays Dr. Gary Saeger.
- Sean Patrick Dawson plays Junior Jr.
- Ho-Kwan Tse plays Huan.
Review of ‘Father of the Bride’
There’s a lot of talk about tradition and breaking with the past in director Gaz Alazraki’s Father of the Bride, the third film adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel of the same name. Andy Garcia plays Billy Herrera, who immigrated from Cuba early to work as an architect in Miami.
Throughout Father of the Bride, we watch Billy and other people forge ahead to forge a new path while yet embracing old customs. His structures have a traditional design that harkens back to the past. Billy frequently waxes nostalgic about his early days in Florida, marrying Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) in a bingo hall, and how far he’s come since then.
Similarly, Father of the Bride attempts to carve its route outside the previous two renditions of this story while simultaneously paying tribute to what has previously worked so effectively.
While Matt Lopez’s screenplay strives to do so, Father of the Bride learns the incorrect lessons from past renditions, resulting in an unnaturally sad version of this narrative that lacks the humor and heart needed. This transition is evident almost immediately in the opening scenes of Father of the Bride when Billy and Ingrid are fighting in marriage counseling.
However, Father of the Bride lacks the warmth and comedy that have made this a cherished narrative for decades. Garcia is exceptionally terrific in this role, combining charisma with love for his family and his daughter—who can transform him into a big ol’ teddy bear just by gazing at him.
However, for anyone anticipating Garcia to go full Spencer Tracy or Steve Martin in this part, the writing lacks the humor for which this narrative is known. Saturday Night Live’s Chloe Fineman, a wedding planner attempting to channel the spirit of Martin Short’s Franck via a millennial lens, is one of the film’s widest attempts at humor.
Father of the Bride tries to tell this well-known story to appeal to a new generation and audience. Its intentions are good, but because it changes too much from past versions, it doesn’t have the same magic that those versions did.
Trailer for Father of the Bride
The trailer for the movie is available to watch here, and additional info about the film is present in the article.
Production of Father of the Bride
In September 2020, Warner Bros. Pictures revealed that a Latin remake of Father of the Bride centered on Cuban-Americans is developing, with a script written by Matt Lopez. Gaz Alazraki was announced as the director of the film in February 2021. Andy Garcia was cast as the titular character in March 2021.
Adria Arjona, Gloria Estefan, and Isabela Merced were cast in April 2021, with Diego Boneta, Enrique Murciano, and Macarena Achaga completing the cast in May. Chloe Fineman and Ana Fabrega joined the picture’s cast in June 2021, and it is now produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and released by HBO Max. On June 22, 2021, principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia.
Where Did the Filming of ‘Father of the Bride 2022’ Take Place?
Where did the 2022 “Father of the Bride” remake take Place? According to TheCinemaholic, filming for Father of the Bride 2022 took Place mainly in Georgia, with many critical scenes shot in Atlanta. According to Adria’s Instagram feed, filming for Father of the Bride 2022 began in June 2021.