The 'Father of the Bride' Cast Is Reuniting for a Brand-New Netflix Special Tonight

Amanda Garrity
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Photo credit: Archive Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Archive Photos - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

In times like these, many of us turn to feel-good films from years past to lift our spirits. Nancy Meyers' movies — think: The Parent Trap, The Holiday, and Father of the Bride — typically top the list. But now, the beloved writer and director is reuniting the Banks family for a brand-new Netflix special, Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish).

The hour-long special was Meyers' response to the current moment. First, she reached out to Steve Martin to ask if he'd like to work on something together. Then she connected with the rest of the Father of the Bride cast to see if they'd be willing to "shoot from home" and get a movie "online somehow" — everyone, including Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short agreed without hesitation.

Unlike other Zoom readings or cast reunions that have taken place in recent months, Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) features brand-new material and is edited to fit a movie format. This special, which Meyers points out to The New York Times is "not as long as a movie," picks up right where Father of the Bride Part 2 left off 25 years ago: George and Nina Banks (played by Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, respectively) are now in their 70s, and their three children — Annie (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Matty (played by Kieran Culkin), and Megan, who was a newborn in the second movie — are all out of the house. Annie and her husband George (played by George Newbern) are also parents to a 25-year-old.

The reunion has a lot of heart behind it, especially because it doubles as a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen. For Meyers, Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) brought her a much-needed sense of joy amid the pandemic — and she hopes it does the same for everyone who watches at home. "This one, with its positive themes and love of family, made me feel whole at a time when I needed it most. And if our efforts lead to a little relief for someone else, then it was a summer well spent," she told The New York Times.

How to Watch and Stream Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)

Even if you're not a Netflix subscriber, see the Banks family in action on Netflix's YouTube channel and Facebook page on Friday September 25 at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET. Set a reminder beforehand, so you can be alerted when the time comes. But if you miss the initial showing, there's a good chance that Netflix will make it available to watch it on their YouTube channel and Facebook page in the days to follow.

But first, can I watch the other Father of the Bride movies on Netflix?

Not yet. This seems to be a one-time occurrence, but it could be a sign that all three movies will be on Netflix in the near future. For now, you can rent Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part 2 on Amazon for $3.99 each.

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