1991 Certificate: pg


Steve Martin steps into Spencer Tracy's shoes for this remake of the 1950 classic which sees a protective dad struggling to accept that his little girl (Kimberly Williams) is about to get married. Mum Diane Keaton tries to keep panic at bay as the big day approaches, but there's no stopping Martin's doolally daddy in a feelgood comedy with big laughs and a big heart.


  • Charles Shyer


  • Steve Martin

  • Diane Keaton

  • Kimberly Williams

  • Martin Short


This glossy, slightly ruder remake of the Spencer Tracy-Joan Bennett-Elizabeth Taylor classic is not far short of the original in warmth and humour, with Steve Martin superb as a doting father who careers off the rails at the news of his beloved daughter's impending wedding.

The script hardly makes the most of Diane Keaton's talents as his wife, though, and Kimberly Williams not unexpectedly lacks Elizabeth Taylor's beauty and glow; at least for once they picked an actress the right height for her on-screen parents: not as tall as Martin, but taller than Keaton.

Martin Short scores in a smartly-written cameo role, and, on the whole, the film makes ideal, well-paced entertainment for reasonably broad-minded families.