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Father of the Bride Part II (1995)

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George Banks must deal not only with the pregnancy of his daughter, but also with the unexpected pregnancy of his wife.

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screenplay "Father's Little Dividend"), Frances Goodrich (screenplay "Father's Little Dividend") | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... George Banks
Diane Keaton ... Nina Banks
Martin Short ... Franck Eggelhoffer
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Annie Banks-MacKenzie (as Kimberly Williams)
George Newbern ... Bryan MacKenzie
Kieran Culkin ... Matty Banks
BD Wong ... Howard Weinstein
Peter Michael Goetz ... John MacKenzie
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Joanna MacKenzie (as Kate McGregor Stewart)
Jane Adams ... Dr. Megan Eisenberg
Eugene Levy ... Mr. Habib
Rebecca Chambers ... Young Woman at Gym
April Ortiz ... Olivia
Dulcy Rogers Dulcy Rogers ... Ava (the Beautician)
Kathy Anthony Kathy Anthony ... Beautician #2
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Storyline

In this sequel to "Father of the Bride", George Banks must accept the reality of what his daughter's ascension from daughter to wife, and now, to mother means when placed into perspective against his own stage of life. As the comfortable family unit starts to unravel in his mind, a rapid progression into mid-life crisis is in his future. His journey to regain his youth acts as a catalyst for a kind of "rebirth" of his attitude on life when he and his wife, Nina, find how their lives are about to change as well. Written by Scott Jentsch

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Expect the unexpected See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudens far 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$76,594,000
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Diane Keaton was given the script for the movie, she nearly refused to film when she found out she had to pretend to be pregnant as she was nearly 50. It took a bag of humbugs and a lot of pleading from Steve Martin and Nancy Meyers to get her to join. See more »

Goofs

Nina supposedly went into labor and delivered her baby a month early but when George is holding Megan in the hospital she is a large, plump baby. A baby born a month premature would not be that big. See more »

Quotes

[Annie is in labor. Dragging sleeping George out by the head. Drops head and looks around]
Franck Eggelhoffer: Gee, I could change this room... THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT THIS FRANCK!
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Connections

References The Harvey Girls (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Harry Ruby
Performed by Steve Tyrell
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Entertaining, but the premise has been worn thin -- it's sweet, but unnecessary.
21 August 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The original "Father of the Bride" with Spencer Tracey is a really good comedy, the remake starring Steve Martin is a good sweet-natured, amiable enough comedy - and I don't really think a sequel was necessary at all. I mean the whole premise is basically the same - before George Banks (Martin) had to grasp the reality of his daughter being married, and now he has to come to grips with the fact that she's having a baby. A nice twist on this is that his wife (played by Diane Keaton) is ALSO pregnant, but nevertheless it's still (basically) the same as the first film in one form or another.

Thankfully it doesn't seem like a total cash-in (like so many sequels of this sort do) because it has a certain charm (as did the first film) and is still remarkably entertaining, all considered. But you can tell it was made solely because of the success of the first film - even Martin Short is back with another extended cameo as Franz the wedding manager. Of course you may be wondering why he's involved with a pregnancy, since his business is weddings. Here's a hint: more $$$ for the studio.

Martin is basically doing the same thing he did in the first film - the weary upper-class guy who feels overwhelmed by the state of things. Diane Keaton is still very sweet and likable as his wife. The rest of the cast (including Macaulay's little brother Kieran Culkin) range from OK to good. Martin Short, however, is yet again a stand-out and is very funny - he wasn't necessary for the plot but he is funny and a good addition to the movie regardless.

Overall I'd say this is one of those sequels that didn't need to be made, but could have been a lot worse. It's sweet, it's got some good lite-comedy moments, and in general it's just an enjoyable family movie that isn't trying to be anything other than simple entertainment -- which it is.


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