Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Father of the Bride, released in 1950, is a classic, beloved family comedy that clearly embraces the gender roles and values of its time. In beautiful black and white, Spencer Tracy holds fast to center stage as he undergoes the trials and tribulations of watching his cherished daughter grow up and commit to marriage while he takes on the responsibility for the wedding, a bash of escalating proportions with all the attending chaos and pleasure. Some of the mid-20th-century values accepted here include: the man as the family breadwinner and main emotional support; the wife as supportive and loving, while making sure her needs and desires are met; and the young woman's sole objective being to find "the one" and move into the next phase of her life -- marriage. An African-American housekeeper is devoted and well-loved. Social drinking is an intrinsic part of the upper-middle-class lifestyle portrayed here; in one scene, the father becomes a bit tipsy and falls asleep. A remake of this film, 1991's Father of the Bride, was a favorite in its time and serves as a wonderful companion piece to this earlier movie.
Loving kisses between husbands and wives.
Comically promotes open communication within a family. Highlights the joy found in solid family connections.
Drugs / Tobacco /
In one scene, the dad becomes slightly drunk and falls asleep. Father smokes a pipe, offers cigarette to young man.