Thankfully it doesn't seem like a total cash-in (like so many sequels of this sort do) because it has a certain charm (as did the first film) and is still remarkably entertaining, all considered. But you can tell it was made solely because of the success of the first film - even Martin Short is back with another extended cameo as Franz the wedding manager. Of course you may be wondering why he's involved with a pregnancy, since his business is weddings. Here's a hint: more $$$ for the studio.
Martin is basically doing the same thing he did in the first film - the weary upper-class guy who feels overwhelmed by the state of things. Diane Keaton is still very sweet and likable as his wife. The rest of the cast (including Macaulay's little brother Kieran Culkin) range from OK to good. Martin Short, however, is yet again a stand-out and is very funny - he wasn't necessary for the plot but he is funny and a good addition to the movie regardless.
Overall I'd say this is one of those sequels that didn't need to be made, but could have been a lot worse. It's sweet, it's got some good lite-comedy moments, and in general it's just an enjoyable family movie that isn't trying to be anything other than simple entertainment -- which it is.
I was slightly dubious about watching the sequel, as I love the first film so much, but I needn't have been. It is just as funny as the first. The story line is similar to the first film, in the sense that a major family event is taking place and George Banks (Steve Martin) is struggling to cope with it. I was happy to see that Frank (Martin Short) appears in this film, as he was so good in the first. Overall, a very good sequel.
In this movie, we follow George Banks (Steve Martin) on his journey of learning to accept the fact that he's going to be a grandfather for the first time. What ensues is a funny trip with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. A really enjoyable family comedy.
I wish they made more movies like this today: funny in a non-crass way, likeable good wholesome characters and an uplifting story line. Ace.
The sequel to "Father of the Bride" is just as funny and entertaining. I thought the first film was very funny, but "Father of the Bride 2" is totally hilarious, the trials and tribulations of a man who discovers he is about to become a grandfather, and unbelieveably, a father again,and, refreshingly in this day and age,the film does not contain any bad language or violence. It was a real pleasure to sit and watch.