As in A Wedding, Paul Dooley is once again the beleaguered father of the bride. And once again, he’s focusing on the wrong sister. Bridesmaid Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) feels ignored, and not just because her big sister (Blanche Baker) is getting married but because, in the mad dash toward the altar, everyone in her family (even her grandparents) has forgotten her sixteenth birthday. Dooley gets some classic moments of eye-rolling disbelief during the meet-the-in-laws dinner, where the bridegroom’s (John Kapelos) vulgar and possibly mobbed-up clan prove they can match Dooley’s in cluelessness.
Still, it’s Jim Baker (and he alone) who finally remembers poor Sam’s birthday and offers some words of consolation. On the blessed day, the bride gets her period (prompting a wisecrack from the groom that those who thought this was a shotgun union must feel pretty foolish right now), takes a few too many muscle relaxants, and can barely walk down the aisle. She sits in the laps of various guests, flops around like a rag doll at the altar, and hops around trying to catch the thrown rice in her mouth. Of course, having the spiritual medium from Poltergeist show up as your wedding organist probably isn’t a good omen. When Ringwald’s dream guy shows up at the church, she wisely skips the reception – with Dooley’s blessing.