Father of the Bride Part II

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Father of the Bride Part II
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Shyer
Produced by Nancy Meyers
Written by Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich (screenplay - Father's Little Dividend)
Nancy Meyers
Charles Shyer (screenplay)
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Elliot Davis
William A. Fraker
Edited by Adam Bernardi
Stephen A. Rotter
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • December 8, 1995 (1995-12-08)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $76.6 million

Father of the Bride Part II is a 1995 American 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.


George tells his next story, after he had to go through his daughter's pregnancy for nine months. Her daughter's wedding was a lot tougher than Annie's pregnancy. Now George has to go through nine months when her daughter Annie got pregnant and what he had to go through. George must now 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. George has a fear of getting old. So he goes through a midlife crisis.

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 the Banks move out in ten days. On moving day George and Annie play a game of basketball 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,so 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 since he is going to be a father again, as there is great sentimental value to it. He wants to raise his new kid in the house his family grew up in. George then offers to buy the house back and Mr. Habib will sell it to him for 100,000. George is reluctant to pay that money, but he gives in when Mr Habib is about to sent in the wrecking ball and George gives in and pay him the 100,000 and got the house back from Mr. Habib. 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 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 of sleep deprivation around Nina and Annie's constant care, and a few times where Annie thought she was going into labor wear 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 full consciousness and goes to see Nina and Annie, when Nina goes into labor. George is initially cynical about Dr. Eisenberg, a young female obstetrician, who fills in because the intended physician had to tend to his sick child in Maine. 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. The story picks up where it left off and George finishes telling the story after Nina and Annie's pregnancy. 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.



The film received a mixed critical response from fans and critics alike, and currently holds a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1][2][3][4]

Box Office[edit]

The film debuted at No. 2.[5]


Alan Silvestri returned to score the music for the film. The officially released soundtrack album contains the following 15 tracks:

  1. Give Me The Simple Life (by Steve Tyrell)
  2. Annie Returns
  3. Here Comes the Judge (Judge Tinkleberry's Theme)
  4. The Way You Look Tonight (by Steve Tyrell)
  5. Drivin' Me Crazy
  6. You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me
  7. When The Saints Go Marching In (by Fats Domino)
  8. Summer Montage
  9. George Walks
  10. Remembering Annie (Squirrel Montage) (by Ralph Waldman)
  11. Ain't Nobody Cheatin'
  12. Rush Down Corridor
  13. George Tells a Story About Divorce
  14. On the Sunny Side of the Street (by Steve Tyrell)
  15. 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".[6] At this time, a sequel failed to materialize however.[6] 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.[7] 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.[7]


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