Picks and Pans Review: Father of the Bride, Part Ii

UPDATED 12/18/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/18/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short

Perfectly pleasant. That's how you'll find this sequel to 1991's Father of the Bride, which sticks closely to Father's Little Dividend, he 1951 sequel to the original but with one rabbittest twist. This time out, titular patriarch Martin finds out that not only is his daughter (Williams) expecting but, after a frisky afternoon session in the kitchen, so is his wife (Keaton).

Blatantly sentimental, FOB2 is pure sitcom with pricier furnishings. The dual pregnancies lead to the expected expecting shtick (including simultaneous deliveries), and Short reprises his role as Franck, a beyond-fey party planner. Keaton, aglow with a middle-aged Madonna (not the singer) flush, provides a calming counterbalance to Martin's gruff-but-with-a-heart-of-goo dad. "At least it'll be economical to go to the movies," he tells Keaton. "One child and two seniors, thanks." (PG)

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