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George Banks (Steve Martin) and his wife, Nina (Diane Keaton), are the proud parents of Annie (Kimberly Williams), but when she returns from studying abroad and announces that she's engaged, their whole world turns upside down, especially that of overprotective George. From meeting the in-laws to wedding plans with an over-the-top consultant (Martin Short) and his flamboyant assistant (B.D. Wong), it seems as if the troubles never end in this update of the classic Spencer Tracy comedy.

SCENE 1

GEORGE:

I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. A boy and girl meet,

they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say "I do."

I was wrong. That's getting married. A wedding is an entirely

different proposition. I know. I've just been through one. Not my

own. My daughter's. Annie Banks-MacKenzie. That's her married name.

MacKenzie. I'll be honest with you. When I bought this house

seventeen years ago, it cost me less than this blessed event in which

Annie Banks became Annie Banks-MacKenzie. I'm told that one day I'll

look back on all this with great affection and nostalgia. I hope so.

You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. An adorable

little girl who looks up to you and adores you in a way you could never

imagine. I remember how her little hand used to fit inside mine. How

she used to sit in my lap and lean her head against my chest. She said

that I was her hero. Then the day comes when she wants to get her ears

pierced and she wants you to drop her off a block before the movie

theater. Next thing you know she's wearing eye shadow and high heels.

From that moment on, you're in a constant state of panic. You worry

about her going out with the wrong kind of guys, the kind of guys who

only want one thing--and you know exactly what that one thing is

because it's the same thing you wanted when you were their age. Then

she gets a little older and you quite worrying about her meeting the

wrong guy and you worry about her meeting the right guy. And that's

the biggest fear of all because then you lose her. And before you know

it, you're sitting all alone in a big, empty house, wearing rice on

your tux, wondering what happened to your life. It was just six months

ago that it happened here. Just six months ago that the storm broke.

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Frances Goodrich

Frances Goodrich was born on December 21, 1890 in Belleville, New Jersey, USA. She was a writer, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and Easter Parade (1948). She was married to Albert Hackett, Henrik Van Loon and Robert Ames. She died on January 29, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. more…

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