Be still our rom-com-loving hearts—there's a new remake of Father of the Bride, and it's going to be amazing. Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan star in the movie as the bride's parents, and while the basic plot is very much the same (calling all fans of the '90s Nancy Meyers movie with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton), the rest of the story has been modernized in the best way.
The remake comes to HBO Max almost 30 years after the last Father of the Bride. This version focuses on Latin family dynamics and a marriage in jeopardy.
"His marriage to his wife is on the rocks," says Garcia, who plays Miami architect Billy, husband to Ingrid (Gloria Estefan), in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "It's sliding downhill and is on a slippery slope, not because they don't love each other. We've kind of grown into different spaces, and we take our marriage for granted at this point."
Estefan says her character is having a hard time making the decision to end her marriage amidst their daughter Sophie's nuptials.
"She's pushing a button — that D-word with divorce," she says. "She's trying to push him to wake up because a year of therapy certainly hadn't woken him up. But that decision is a tough one for a Latina to make."
While the last movie focused on two rich, white families coming together—with the help of Martin Short's wedding planner, Franck— the remake focuses on a wealthy Cuban American family in present-day Miami. And well as the crazy rich Mexican American family Sophie marries into (that yacht).
"There was both an honor and an obligation to deliver a story that's within the Latin cultures, in this case, the Cuban and the Mexican, trying to relate to one another," says Garcia. "There's an obligation to do it right, represent it without stereotypes, in a way that, although it's culturally specific, its themes are universal."
Well, it looks fabulous. Please let this remake mean that the beloved rom-com genre (which had A Moment in the 1990s and early 2000s, but kind of died out after that) is BACK.