Directed by Gaz Alazraki, HBO Max’s romantic film ‘Father of the Bride’ centers around Miami-based architect Guillermo “Billy” Herrera and his wife Ingrid Herrera, who undergo couples therapy due to their troubled marriage. Ingrid decides that they will end their marriage after the therapy sessions fail to make any significant changes to their relationship. However, they get forced to wait until the marriage of their daughter Sofia Herrera and Adán Castillo. Since the fascinating film ends without an obvious answer concerning Billy and Ingrid’s fate as a married couple, the viewers must be wondering whether they are getting divorced. Let us know your thoughts. SPOILERS Ahead.
What happens when Billy and Ingrid are together?
Billy Herrera is one the most prominent architects in Florida. Billy Herrera was born in Cuba and fled to the United States as a young man. He had to struggle to establish a foothold in America. Ingrid, his wife of ten years, was the first thing he did. His determination and resilience helped Billy become an architect, and his mastery made him a well-known one. His success and reputation as an architect are the reason that Billy never compromises on his work. However, his workaholism caused tensions between him and Ingrid in their married life.
Ingrid doesn’t want Billy to get too involved in his work after achieving financial independence. She needs to be there for her husband, and she demands that they spend quality time together. She also wants to go on vacation with Billy in Greece so that he can be there for her, without having to work. But Billy fails to understand the intentions behind Ingrid’s demands. The tensions are only increasing because he continues to put his work ahead of his wife. Even while attending therapy sessions, Billy doesn’t put an effort to change and save his marriage but chooses to fight with Ingrid. After trying and failing to compromise, Ingrid concludes that Billy’s divorce is necessary.
Billy, who doesn’t want to separate from Ingrid, becomes helpless when she demands a divorce. But before they could reveal the news about their potential divorce to their family, Sofia tells her parents that she is engaged to Adán and they want to marry in two months. Ingrid and Billy decide to delay getting divorced so as not to ruin their daughter’s joy.
Father of the bride ending: Are Billy and Ingrid getting Divorced
Even when Billy makes it clear that he isn’t open to change, he insists on not moving forward with a divorce. He tries to buy more time to process Ingrid’s decision to part ways and Sofia’s wedding turns out to be a perfect excuse. Ingrid decides, with no other options, to wait until Sofia goes on her honeymoon. However, Sofia’s decision to marry Adán further complicates Billy’s life. He finds it hard to let her daughter marry someone who doesn’t make enough money to provide for his wife.
Even when Billy comes to know that Adán is from a rich family, he doesn’t get convinced that he is the right person to be his son-in-law. His opposition leads Sofia to make it clear to him that he is just the father of the bride, who doesn’t have any authority to choose the groom for her. She even tells him that he can choose to not attend the wedding if he has any problem with her marrying Adán. Sofia’s words make Billy realizes that he is the problem, not in just Sofia’s case but also in Ingrid’s.
Billy’s arrogance vanishes away and he starts to think about where he has failed as a husband. He finds the answer from Adán when he lets him know that he is moving to Mexico for the sake of Sofia and not the other way around. Billy initially doesn’t understand why Adán, who has a great career in New York, wants to compromise on the same and work in a non-profit organization just because his future wife wants it. Adán adds to Billy that his future is not in New York but with Sofia, wherever she is. Billy realizes that he has never prioritized a future with Ingrid like Adán prioritizes a future with Sofia.
Billy is changed by this realization. He is more thoughtful and helps Ingrid and Sofia better. Ingrid is invited to the wedding with him and Sofia. He asks for forgiveness from all those who have wronged him at the wedding reception. Ingrid sees a changed man who isn’t enveloped in arrogance. During the dance after the wedding, Billy proposes a trip to Greece to fulfill Ingrid’s wish and Ingrid lets him kiss her after a long while. Surprised, she sees a sweet and humble version her husband.
At the end of the film, Ingrid doesn’t reveal her decision concerning the divorce to Billy. However, the changes she sees in him have an impact on her. She becomes more aware of her husband’s understanding and willingness to follow her wishes and feelings. She finally gets the things she’s been requesting for a while. This may encourage her to share her life with him. Ingrid doesn’t have any other reasons to keep Billy apart from her life. Ingrid might realize that Billy has made a change to be with them and that could be enough to convince her not to get a divorce.
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