Just as Rafael is beginning to feel detached from his own existence, a series of unexpected events allows him to recognize all the wonderful people in his life he's been too self-involved to appreciate. After suffering a mild heart attack, Rafael is forced to spend more time away from work and, therefore, more time with his family. But the most affecting change comes when Rafael's elderly father seeks his son's help in staging a wedding for his beloved wife, who lives in a nursing home and suffers from Alzheimer's.
Although “Son of the Bride” has some touching moments, the majority of the film is expended on the drudgery of Rafael's indifference and often unfounded unhappiness with his life. Unfortunately, the more compelling characters and storylines remain in the background. Best when it focuses on the tender relationship between the elderly parents, “Son of the Bride” shines when the father and mother are allowed to take center stage. Starring Ricardo Darin, Hector Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco and Natalia Verbeke. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella. Written by Juan Jose Capanella and Fernando Castets. Produced by Fernando Blanco, Pablo Bossi, Jorge Estrada Mora, Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievdsky. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Drama. Rated R for language. Running time: 124 min.