Father of the Bride Part II
|Father of the Bride Part II|
|Directed by||Charles Shyer|
|Produced by||Nancy Meyers|
|Written by||Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich (screenplay - Father's Little Dividend)
Charles Shyer (screenplay)
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
William A. Fraker
|Edited by||Adam Bernardi
Stephen A. Rotter
|Distributed by||Touchstone Pictures|
|Box office||$76.6 million|
Father of the Bride Part II is a 1995 comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. It is a sequel to Father of the Bride and a loose remake of the 1951 film Father's Little Dividend, the sequel to the original Father of the Bride film released in 1950.
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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, therefore he must contend with his new status as a grandfather.
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, by way of dying his hair, trying to get in shape,etc. 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 after she unexpectedly becomes pregnant. Now he must also contend with beginning again as a new parent just as he was preparing for retirement and an empty nest for the both of them after their son, Matty grows up.
After Nina's gynecologist reveals the aforementioned pregnancy, Nina and George run into wedding coordinator, Franck Eggelhoffer and his assistant, Howard Weinstein, as they are leaving the medical complex. Upon overhearing the news form a nurse who gives Nina some prenatal paperwork, Franck starts to convince George into letting him organize an extravagant double baby shower for Nina and Annie, which at first he is reluctant, but eventually gives in.
As they are driving home Nina and George have differing perspectives on the prospect of becoming new parents again. During a rainstorm George decides to sell the house, upon noticing a roof leak. The Banks then put the house on the market,at first to no avail, but then, Mr. Habib, a Turkish businessman makes an offer on the house for $15,000, on the condition that they move out in 10 days. On moving day George and Annie shoot hoops one last time (what they always did for father and daughter bonding since Annie was a small child). Having no place to go, the Banks stay at the MacKenzies'(Annie's husband Bryan's parents) mansion. The MacKenzies are on vacation in Hawaii, the Banks have to deal with their vicious Dobermans, much to George's chagrin (still obviously paranoid from a previous mishap with them).
One day when George is out he notices that the street to their old house is blocked off and then he sees a demolition crew with a wrecking ball at the house and learns that Mr. Habib plans to demolish it. An upset George runs in and tries to stop them, as the wrecking ball is about to slam into the house. He pleads with Mr Habib. not to tear down the house, as there is great sentimental value to it. George then offers to buy the house back and Mr. Habib eventually, but reluctantly, gives in. The Banks then move back into their house and Bryan is called away to an emergency meeting in Japan.
Meanwhile Nina and Annie are moving along in their simultaneous pregnancies and need around the clock care from George (Matty takes over when his father is away at work). Also Franck turns simple redecoration of the Nina and George's new baby's nursery into a full-scale renovation/addition, which he affectionately calls, 'the baby's suite'. Eventually all the stress and nights with sleep deprivation around Nina and Annie's constant care, and a few false alarms where Annie thought she was going into labor wears George out. When 'the baby's suite' is revealed, Franck offers George some sleeping pills from his native country after George tells him that he has not been getting enough sleep. George unknowingly takes too high of a dosage and suddenly passes out during dinner. The family is worried, then to top it off, Annie finally goes into labor.
So now Franck has to take over George's role of driving the family to the hospital with a barely coherent George in tow. Franck and the Banks finally arrive at the hospital and after being mistaken for a patient in need of a prostate exam, George finally regains consciousness and goes to see Nina and Annie, when Nina goes into labor. Bryan soon returns to be with Annie, who gives birth to a baby boy, while Nina gives birth to a baby girl, and they're both named George and Megan. Bryan and Annie then move to Boston, since Annie took a job there, and George, while holding his newborn daughter, gives her a tiny basketball, promising to teach her how to play.
- Steve Martin as George Banks
- Diane Keaton as Nina Banks
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks-MacKenzie
- George Newbern as Bryan MacKenzie
- Kieran Culkin as Matty Banks
- Martin Short as Franck Eggelhoffer
- Eugene Levy as Mr. Habib
- B.D. Wong as Howard Weinstein
- Peter Michael Goetz as John MacKenzie
- Kate McGregor-Stewart as Joanna MacKenzie
The film debuted at No. 2.
Alan Silvestri returned to score the music for the film. The officially released soundtrack album contains the following 15 tracks:
- Give Me The Simple Life (by Steve Tyrell)
- Annie Returns
- Here Comes the Judge (Judge Tinkleberry's Theme)
- The Way You Look Tonight (by Steve Tyrell)
- Drivin' Me Crazy
- You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me
- When The Saints Go Marching In (by Fats Domino)
- Summer Montage
- George Walks
- Remembering Annie (Squirrel Montage) (by Ralph Waldman)
- Ain't Nobody Cheatin'
- Rush Down Corridor
- George Tells a Story About Divorce
- On the Sunny Side of the Street (by Steve Tyrell)
- End Credit Suite
In 1996, Meyers confirmed that Shyer and her were planning a third installment in the Father of the Bride series, which would "have their characters confronting serious problems in their relationship – but ending up with a stronger bond than ever". At this time, a sequel failed to materialize however. In 2014, rumors about a gay marriage themed Father of the Bride 3, again directed by Shyer, emerged, which was said to focus on a now 29-year-old Matty Banks after he announces his engagement to the son of a US Navy Seal. Steve Martin quelled the rumors with a tweet on Twitter in which he confirmed that he had neither seen a script nor been offered the role.
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