True confession: If Father of the Bride is on TV, we can’t help but watch it. It doesn’t matter what part of the film we’ve landed on, we’re settling in and seeing it through until the end, even with the commercials. The 1991 remake starring Steve Martin as the lovable but befuddled George Banks taps into the universal wedding planning experience and explores the dynamics of a solid father/daughter relationship during this happy, but intense, time for any family.
From the moment his oldest child Annie mentions she met a man in Rome, who after a super short courtship popped the question, George is anxious, and once wedding planning gets started, downright stressed...constantly unbuttoning the top collar button on his shirt at every turn. By the end of the movie (and btw, we're not worried about spoilers here because we’re pretty sure everyone’s seen it), we all know this has less to do with Annie’s new man, Brian McKenzie, and more to do with George’s reticence to let his daughter go—which pretty much makes him the sweetest. dad. ever. Here, in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look back at some of our favorite “quintessential dad” moments in (ok, we’re just going to go ahead and say it) the best wedding film of all time.
1. He pulls the typical parent move where you’re talking about someone for five minutes and then they ask “Who?”
Nina: What does Brian do?
George: Who’s Brian?
2. He’s old school and assumes anyone who doesn’t have a 9 to 5 is unemployed.
Annie: He’s an independent communications consultant.
George: That’s code for unemployed! This is perfect! You meet an unemployed, amazingly brilliant non-ape that I’m going to have to support! I suppose I’m going to have to hire him and fire some hard working guy with three kids because my son-in-law, the “independent communications consultant,” can’t get a job anywhere else! No wonder he’ll move anywhere you get a job! You’re not getting married and that’s it and that’s final! And I don’t like you calling me George! I mean, when did this start?
3. After all of these years, he can still embarrass you sometimes.
George: Drive carefully. And don’t forget to fasten your condom.
George: Seat belt! I meant...I meant seat belt.
4. The man likes what he likes.
Nina: Well. So have you two given any thought to what kind of wedding you want?
Annie: Well, we’ve talked about it.
Nina: Yes? And what do you think? Big? Small?
Annie: Well, it can’t be too big. We don’t have that many friends.
George: So we’re talking in the small vicinity range?
Nina: Well, she didn't say small. She said not too big.
George: Yeah, but nothing fancy or overblown, right?
George: Right. So, kind of the less is more theory, huh, Annie?
George: Well, the reason I’m asking all these questions is I have a great idea where we can have this lovely, not small, but not too big wedding.
Nina: You do? Where?
George: At our favorite restaurant. The place we’ve been eating at for 15 years. The best. The Steak Pit!
5. He doesn’t understand inflation.
Annie: Do you like it dad?
George: Well, what is that? Is that dollars? $1,200?
Franck: Well, Mr. Banks. This is a very reasonable price for a cake of this magnitude.
George: A cake, Franck, is made of flour and water. My first car didn’t cost $1,200.
Franck: Well, welcome to the ’90s, Mr. Banks!
6. He’s economical.
George: I’ll tell you what I’m doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don’t need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don’t need rather than make a stink. Well they’re not ripping of this nitwit anymore because I’m not paying for one more thing I don't need. George Banks is saying NO!
7. He’ll always be a dad who loves his daughter to the moon and back.
George: Who presents this woman? This woman? But she’s not a woman. She’s just a kid. And she’s leaving us. I realized at that moment that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs. Never going to see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us, and something inside began to hurt.