A wise man once told me that funerals bring out the best in people but weddings bring out the worst. There are inevitable conflicts about whose traditions should be honored, awkward encounters with people we’ve never met before who are suddenly part of our family, and a marathon of wedding-adjacent events and obligations. Weddings may make for some stressful moments, but they are all but certain to make for a relatable and entertaining movie. In its third feature film, not to mention the many variations it has inspired, Edward Streeter’s wry novel about the social pandemonium, staggering cost, guest list debates, and bittersweet emotions accompanying his daughter’s wedding remains a durable foundation for a mix of broad comedy, generational conflict, and the mixed feelings of pride and loss. There’s a reason the title makes clear it is the father who is the focus. It is through his eyes we see the wedding as an occasion to re-think his own place in the world, his daughter making her own choices, choosing someone else to be the most important man in her life.
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