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Martin is the'Father' of many laughs_
By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
. Just when you thought there was no
hope for film sequels, "Father of the
Bride Part II" has come to save the day.
Initial previews undoubtedly made us
skeptical. How could they try to con-
tinue such a wonderful film with an
incomparable continuation? How could
they take those members of the Banks
family and make us fall in love with
them all over again? Many thought it
could not be done, but it was completed
In this film we are reacquainted
with the Banks family: George, Nina,
Matty and Annie Banks-MacKenzie.
We also meet Annie's husband Bryan
and his parents. The film is staged
much like the first installment, with
George speaking in retrospect as he
sits in the Banks' humble abode in
The first knowledge of Annie's preg-
W Father of the
Bride Part ii
Directed by Charles Shyer;
with Steve Martin and
At Briarwood and Showcase
nancy propels George into a bizarre
hysteria. The prospective grandfather
makes numerous attempts at regaining
his youth like dying his hair and selling
the family home so as to buy a condo on
the beach. Steve Martin adds his come-
dic style that, as always, creates non-
stop laughs. In his attempts to find his
young spirit, the new, wild and crazy
George Banks surprises his wife, Nina
(Diane Keaton), with a night of passion
and romance that leads to more sur-
prises for the family.
The results of that wild evening are
preposterous. George loses any con-
trol he had left when he learns that
Nina will also be expecting a baby. He
has a child and a grandchild on the
way, the mere thought of which sends
his mind into a tailspin.
Upon leaving the doctor's office one
day, George and Nina encounter Franck
(Martin Short), the wedding coordina-
tor who nearly wrecked George after
his daughter's wedding (in the first
film). Despite their attempt to keep
their little secret to themselves, the
word slips and Franck feels immedi-
ately inclined to help with prepara-
tions for her pregnancy.
When his daughter, Annie (Kim-
berly Williams), discovers that she and
her mother will endure the next nine
moths in the same state,she is not quite
as ecstatic. She, like her father, has
been known to over react, and she fails
'Oh Steve, you're so funny. Will you marry me?"
to think before behaving irrationally.
Soon, all the tension subsides and the
film lapses into the sensitivity that cap-
tivated us five years ago. The delivery
scene is rather incredible as mother anV
daughter experience labor simulta4
Screenwriters Nancy Meyers and
Charles Shyer (who also directedthe
movie) worked diligently to make the
second film with the same greatnebi
the first. The original "Father of the .
Bride," directed by Vincente Mini lli
was released in 1950, and this writing
duo modernized that film, bringing it,
back to the big screen "in 1991. Now
they have successfully updated theirklot
just as Minnelli did with his sequel,
"Father's Little Dividend."
The talents of the cast are perhaps
what most enchants audiences. Mar's,
ability to make us laugh and cry s
spirit to the film. As Nina Banks, Diane
Keaton could not have fit her role more
perfectly. Her calm style along with the,
craziness of Martin creates a chemistry
that makes the film flow quite well.
The low-key career of Kimberly Wil-
liams has many buzzing about what she,
is going to do next. She has once again,
stolen the hearts of many. Martin Short
keeps Steve Martin on his toes and still
creates the laughs with his curious-
The idea sounds a bit peculiar:
Mother and daughter pregnant simul,
taneously. The coming attracti _os
showed a film that could fall into the:
category of sequels that were poor'
attempts at making a success off their
predecessors. Yet, somehow it'all
works. Granted, some of the events are
a little exaggerated, but the final reeuli
still leaves audiences entirely in4
ated with the Banks family.
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