The Star-Studded “Father of the Bride” Reunion Featured a Zoom Wedding in Sweatpants

published Sep 26, 2020
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The beloved 1991 comedy film “Father of the Bride” received the ultimate coronavirus pandemic revamp: a Zoom wedding. Its original stars Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kieran Culkin, Martin Short, and George Newbern reunited for a mini “Father of the Bride” film on Netflix’s YouTube on Friday to raise funds for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to providing meals to communities in the wake of natural disasters and COVID-19. Special guests Florence Pugh, Ben Platt, Robert De Niro, and Alexandra Shipp also had roles in the reunion. 

Via one giant Zoom call from their respective homes, the Banks family is brought together by George (Martin) and Nina’s (Keaton) youngest son Matty (Culkin), now all grown up. Husband and wife duo Annie (Williams-Paisley) and Bryan (Newbern) also dial in to catch up with the family. Pugh plays an adult version of Megan, George and Nina’s daughter from the 1995 sequel “Father of the Bride Part II,” while Platt plays an adult version of Annie and Bryan’s son, Georgie. 

During the call, Matty announces his plans to surprise his fiancé Rachel (Shipp)—a doctor on the frontlines of the pandemic currently quarantined in a hotel room—with a Zoom wedding. When Rachel agrees, her father James (De Niro) joins the Zoom for the festivities. Iconic wedding planner Franck (Short) then joins the call to officiate the virtual ceremony. Soon, Rachel and Matty recite their vows and become husband and wife, taking Franck’s “repeat after me” literally and mimicking his thick, sometimes incoherent accent. 

The entire mini-film is interspersed with montages from the first two films. “We parents never fully see our children as grown-ups,” George narrates during the wedding. “We look at them and can still see the little kid they used to be. The memories of all those moments we shared stay with us.” He adds, “Not just the big ones, the ones we all have photos of, but the little ones—it’s especially those memories, the ones you’d think you’d forget over time that we treasure the most.” The reunion concludes with Georgie performing a jubilant rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Watch the reunion film, “Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish),” above.