Father of the Bride

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Year Released: 1950
Rating: 2.0

Conceptually thin film of father losing his daughter in marriage and having to pay the bills; aside from the whole Electra Complex-angle, there's not a whole lot there - Minnelli seems to want to milk the material for awkward, unfunny gags (at Spencer Tracy's expense) and the father's 'inner turmoil' (which is supposed to be the 'heart' of the movie) provides little emotional effect (the dream sequence comes close, but even that is a little silly; the weak voice-over is all that remains). Elizabeth Taylor's character is too whiny and privileged, and a late development that would have 'stalled the wedding' between her and her cipher fiancé goes away about as quickly as it's brought up.