‘Father of the Bride’ on HBO Max: Andy Garcia says they needed 'an elevated movie' to stand out from original
The iconic romantic-comedy film ‘Father of the Bride’ is a favorite with many viewers. Fans have grown up watching this film. Now HBO Max’s much-awaited modern-day version ‘Father of the Bride’ has finally been released on digital screens and the reaction to it is no different from the original. Fans and viewers have been raving about it constantly.
The plot of the film revolves around a Cuban couple Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan). They both are in for a surprise when their daughter announces her marriage. They both have to plan their daughter’s wedding. But in reality, they both are seen hiding a huge secret from her which is that they are secretly planning to get separated from each other. Billy and Ingrid are only putting up a facade of a happy marriage for their daughter’s happiness. Both Billy and Ingrid agree to the caper so that their daughter’s marriage goes smoothly. For avid fans who love watching romantic-comedy films, then they can also watch ‘The Bubble’, ‘Electric Jesus’ and ‘Senior Year’.
In a recent interview with Forbes talking about how this film had to be better than the original one, Andy Garcia said, “I understand what you are saying and the question you’re posing. To me, the script is the thing. You have to have that as a solid base, so you can improvise off it if you can, but it all has to hang on this piece of material that works. It’s going to protect you; I know what you’re saying: sometimes these movies are a little bit frivolous; they’re not intense or concentrated and ride on personality and chemistry. We’re following two other great films, so we need to be on point. We also have to be different, we have to be our own entity, and we have to have an elevated movie. As Duke Ellington would say, there are two kinds of music; good music and bad music. We had to be a good movie”.
Furthermore, also opening up on how it is not easy to know what the audiences want nowadays, Andy shared, “Exactly. Sometimes you can get an audience that is kind of jaded. People come to those test screenings because they want to. They’re not forced to go. They want to chime in on what they feel, what they like, and all that stuff. We felt that even before the test screening, it played really well and worked, but you want to hear that from the audience. You want to hear the laughs, you want to sense the tears, and you could. People say, ‘Oh, it’s so funny, and I cried three times.’ People can cry at different times for anything that might strike them personally, but the number three seems to keep popping up”.
The screenplay of the film ‘Father of the Bride’ has been written by Matt Lopez. The film has been directed by Gaz Alazraki. The producers of the film are Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Michael Perez. The film has been backed up by production companies Warner Bros. Pictures and Plan B Entertainment. ‘Father of the Bride’ has already been released digitally on June 16, 2022 at HBO Max.