Father Of The Bride Part II (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1995.  Sandollar Productions, Taylor-Made Productions, The Meyers/Shyer Company, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by , Charles Shyer, based on the screenplay Father’s Little Dividend by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Superior sequel to the 1991 original now has the newly married , daughter of befuddled dad , announce that she and her husband have a bun in the oven. What throws the family for a loop, though, is that mom Diane Keaton announces that she’s got a special delivery of her own coming along. Energy is higher than in the last chapter, and the script is written with better humour and more palatable sentimentality, creating its moving moments honestly without depending on stereotypical cliches of family dramas to get its audience involved. On the other hand, it’s still a Hollywood studio movie about rich white people. Keaton is as lovely as ever, and Martin as the baffled dad is at his funniest, plus there’s a perfectly lovely performance by as the overworked doctor who takes care of the babies’ deliveries when they happen (at the same time!)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Steve Martin)


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