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      The Son of the Bride

      R Released May 10, 2002 2h 4m Comedy Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 58 Reviews 91% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He's overwhelmed by his responsibilities and just isn't having any fun. Just when Rafael feels the most alone and unable to reach out to anyone, a series of unexpected events lead him to reevaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down, and a reunion with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend who tries to keep a positive attitude in the wake of a personal tragedy in his own life, helps Rafael to change his life. Read More Read Less
      The Son of the Bride

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      A film about one man's mid-life crisis, The Son of the Bride is both touching and funny.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review BBC.com Rated: 5/5 May 24, 2003 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune It's fresh, funny, biting, fast-paced and reasonably perceptive about people and their problems. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 20, 2002 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) Though still full of a lot of patriarchal condescension, I ended up liking the movie. I think you will too. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Juan Jos Campanella's The Son of the Bride isn't art, but it is artful. Rated: 4/5 Dec 10, 2008 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 4/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Tony S The drama is thematically strong yet narratively dull and predictable. In fact, if we were to be honest, the overall premise itself is deceptive because it is hardly about the mother but largely about her son's middle life crisis realization as to how fleeting life is. The plot is essentially domestic squabbles strung together. And there are a lot of them. This movie tags many subplots that essentially result in nothing and are not that interesting. Indeed, they are all connected to the main theme, but oh so sparsely. What helps the film is great acting by the entire cast and great music, making the overstaying runtime much more charming. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/28/22 Full Review jordan m This certainly wasn't a bad movie, but there's no doubt it was the weakest entry to the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars for its year. The acting was great and the dialogue was well-written; the jokes were good and some of the scenes were plenty endearing. The issue is that they took a rather mundane and melodramatic premise and didn't really elevate it the way that, say, Amelie did with its love story. They didn't manage to convince me that the parents renewing their vows was important or necessary despite the ample runtime they had for accomplishing that. I would've preferred a more focused story on Rafael's restaurant woes as they were the most interesting part by quite a margin for me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Deeply moving, heartfelt movie. Hard for me to spot the acting, the characters jumped out off screen, seemed so real to me. I found the entire experience quite endearing, lovely & enchanting. Be sure to have your tissues ready but know it's not in any way manipulative & maudlin. Not at all. a Story in which many can identify. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review nefasto r You will spend the time laughing, so you will be surprised to find a tear in your eyes when the film is over. Darin is amazing, and I mean in general. In all he does, but every Argentinian knows that, as he is in all their movies. It's a middle age crisis themed work, surrounded with love and family. Sweet and true. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Son of the Bride is a simple family drama about a man who is struggling to find balance in his life. This is the type of film that could easily fall into the kind of sappy melodrama that you’d typically find on the Lifetime network. However, there was something special about the way that this movie was written. It was more realistic in the presentation and, while there were heartfelt moments, it never fell into emotional manipulation. The cast of the film was brilliant, particularly Ricardo Darin. He is the central character, and his journey is what keeps the audience invested. While he often makes choices that would annoy me in most movies, you can sense his confusion and conflict. I found myself sympathizing with what happened to Darin throughout the film, even when he’s being an idiot. The rest of the cast fit their roles so naturally that it was like watching a real family working through their issues. Son of the Bride ends in a satisfying fashion, but without overdoing it with a cheesy Hollywood ending. This is the second movie from Argentina that I have seen which is as good or better than any American movie in the same genre. I recommend anyone who is a fan of this style of film give Son of the Bride a chance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member De Juan José Campanella nos lllega esta película en la que Rafael (Ricardo Darín) se encarga del restaurante de la familia en medio de su caótica vida, En medio de este panorama, la relación con su hija, su ex mujer y su padre Nino (Hector Alterio) quién está empeñado en retomar los votos matrimoniales con su esposa Norma (Norma Alejandro) quien sufre de Alzhaimer someterán a Rafael a un complicado panorama emocional que requerirá de mucho aprendizaje y lecciones de vida interesantes Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He's overwhelmed by his responsibilities and just isn't having any fun. Just when Rafael feels the most alone and unable to reach out to anyone, a series of unexpected events lead him to reevaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down, and a reunion with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend who tries to keep a positive attitude in the wake of a personal tragedy in his own life, helps Rafael to change his life.
      Director
      Juan José Campanella
      Producer
      Mariela Besuievski, Fernando Blanco, Pablo Bossi, Jorge Estrada Mora, Gerardo Herrero
      Screenwriter
      Juan José Campanella, Fernando Castets
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Tornasol Films S.A., Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Patagonik Film Group
      Rating
      R (Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 10, 2002, Wide
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $624.2K
      Runtime
      2h 4m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)