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The new version of the movie is available on HBO Max. Photo: HBO Latin America
The new version of the movie is available on HBO Max. Photo: HBO Latin America

'Father of the Bride' premieres its new, more Latin version

The classic movie's new spin on HBO is a celebration of Latino culture.

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HBO Max premiered a new version of the comedy, The Father of the Bride, with Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia in the title roles in place of Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy from the 1950s original.

According to the stars, this new version of the film pokes fun at Latino stereotypes.

"It's better to laugh at yourself than to let others laugh at you," said Estefan.

The production, which is now available on HBO Max, is a comedy focused on the cultural differences of Latinos that are not usually featured in Hollywood blockbusters. 

A film with Latino humor

The feature film, inspired by the 1949 novel of the same name, revolves around a Cuban and Mexican family who meet in Miami, Florida, to celebrate the marriage of their two children, Sofia Herrera (played by Adria Arjona) and Adan Castillo (played by Diego Boneta). The outdoor scenes were filmed entirely in Miami and the directors took care of every detail. The emblematic Calle Ocho, in the heart of the Cuban neighborhood of Little Havana, Domino Park and the popular nightclub Ball and Chain are some of the locations featured in the film.

"The dynamic of these two families ends up creating a film with a lot of love, honesty, affection and humor that makes us willing to laugh at ourselves and the points of view of the different characters," said Garcia, who plays Billy Herrera and also serves as executive producer. 

Beyond the clichés, the film is also an empowering and diverse image of Latinos in the United States, who have long been considered a monolithic bloc.

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