George Banks, the movie's good-natured hero, speaks directly to the
audience from the living room of his Leave It to Beaver vintage dreamhouse.
Having obviously paid for his daughter's wedding he's the picture of upper
middle class contentment, a man who's ready to simply enjoy his new freedom
from parental worries. It should probably be pointed out that Banks has an
adolescent son whom he barely seems to notice.
Banks is all smiles until his daughter, Annie, tells him her news. He's
to be a grandfather. The shock sends Banks racing to the nearest beauty salon
to have his grey hair dyed. He then seduces his wife, Nora, on the floor of
their model kitchen.
A few weeks later these aging baby boomers are confronted with yet
another plot twist. "Kids you're going to have a baby," the doctor informs
the Banks. As if a late-life pregnancy wasn't enough for the Banks to face
they bump into their former wedding coordinator - the frenetic Franck
Egglehoffer. "It's the father of the braid," exclaims Franck whose English
has not improved.
There are all two few surprises in this lovey dovey sequel which takes
most of its cues from the 1951 movie "Father's Little Dividend." Steve Martin
endears himself as the reluctant but ultimately courageous father of another
dividend. Diane Keaton manages to look properly radiant and maternal as Nora.
Martin Short does another of his wild and crazy turns as Franck, mangling his
dialogue with a shrill exuberance. He's screamingly funny at one particular
point when he attempts to deliver a sleeping Banks to the hospital in time
for the double feature birth sequence. Eventually the movie turns to pure
mush as two of the most adorable infants even seen on camera easily steal the
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