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This sets the new Father of the Bride movie apart from previous versions

Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia are legends in their respective crafts and have been friends for 30 years — at least as far back as Oscar-nominated Garcia played an invisible waiter in the Miami Sound Machine singer’s music video for her single “I See Your Smile.” They also starred in the 2000 HBO biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Storyand Garcia, who plays bongos, has been drumming with Estefan’s band.

But the pair are working closer together than ever father of the bridethe latest film adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel, previously adapted into a 1950 comedy starring Spencer Tracy and later perhaps its more famous version, the 1991 rom-com favorite starring Steve Martin.

You play the patriarch and matriarch of a wealthy Cuban-American family in Miami, whose older daughter (Adria Arjona) abruptly announces that she is engaged to a man (Diego Boneta) they have never met. Only this time, the parents’ decades-long marriage is on the brink and they have to keep their divorce plans a secret until the party.

It’s one of many new updates for the third father of the bride Film, including the film’s predominantly Latino/Latinx cast (the groom’s affluent family is Mexican).

“It was a great thing for Warner Brothers to give this very valuable intellectual property a new identity and entrust it to us,” Garcia, who also joined Estefan, tells Yahoo Entertainment during a virtual press day for the film (above). “So I felt very honored and responsible. The film has different themes, but it was important to get both cultures together properly without stereotypes and character quirks, you know, behaviors and viewpoints. But having respect for who these are people are.”

FATHER OF THE BRIDE, from left: Andy Garcia, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona, Diego Boneta, 2022. Ph: Claudette Barius /© Warner Bros. /courtesy Everett Collection

father of the brideThe stars, from left: Andy Garcia, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona and Diego Boneta, (Photo: Claudette Barius /© Warner Bros. /courtesy Everett Collection)

“When you grow up, you would [watch] Hollywood put all of us Latinos under one roof because it’s easier for them not to have to differentiate,” says Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), who plays Garcia and Estefan’s younger daughter. But in this film in particular, it feels like they’re really emphasizing the importance of our cultural differences.”

“I can’t think of any other Hollywood film that has had two Latin American cultures that shows the differences and similarities,” explains Boneta (Terminator: Dark Fate). “You know, just because we speak Spanish doesn’t mean Cuba is Mexico. And I love that Warner Brothers and [director Gaz Alazraki] pushed for it because therein lies the comedy and fun in this film. It is culturally specific and at the same time universally themed. It’s not just a movie for Latinx people. It’s not a Latinx remake, if that makes sense.”

As Estefan, Arjona (disease) and co-star Chloe Fineman (Saturday night live) indicate that it is also a more contemporary twist on a classic story. The women have more influence in this film than we’ve seen in previous iterations. Here the woman proposes marriage to the man.

“I’m really excited to see what they’ll be making in 20 years,” says Arjona. “I find father of the bride will evolve forever.”

—Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Luisa Guerrero

father of the bride now streaming on HBO Max.

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