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Father of the Bride Part 2

Father of the Bride Part 2
Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Keirnan Culkin and Martin Short

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 8, 1995 Released by: Touchstone Pictures

Steve Martin and Diane Keaton reprise their roles as George and Nina Banks. The wedding of their daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) is behind them and they think they can finally settle down into middle-age life with their 12-year-old son (Keirnan Culkin). Wrong!

George reacts with some cliche responses when he hears he's about to become a grandfather. After Annie springs the news of her pregnancy he goes to the gym, dyes his white hair brown and comes home feeling amorous.

Unlike the film on which this is based, Father's Little Dividend starring Spencer Tracy, writer Nancy Meyers adds a twist by having sedate Nina pregnant also.

The Banks have the perfect home, family and marriage, but this unexpected little addition is considered more of a blessed event by Nina than George. He's looking forward to freedom and travel, not diaper changing and 3 a.m. feedings.

Martin Short is back as the flamboyant wedding consultant, Franck. He returns to plan a double baby shower and decorate the babies' rooms, and he's a hoot.

1991s Father of the Bride was funny and memorable. This sequel is also charming, except for a silly sequence with George taking sleeping pills while the women are simultaneously in labor.

When I first heard the premise of the double pregnancies, I thought it would be hokey and contrived, but Keaton makes it work. Her character is levelheaded and controlled through the chaos.

From "Parenthood" to the "Bride" films, Martin makes a great father figure. He's dependable, understanding and he plays a mean game of basketball - what more could you ask for?

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