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Father's Little Dividend (1951)



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Father's Little Dividend, a sequel to the delightful Father of the Bride, has more of the same kind of comic insight into the natural stresses of middle aged family life that the original film did. This time the crisis is a first grandchild. Spencer Tracy, who was and remains impeccably cast in the role, achieves just the right balance of humor and humanity. The film as a whole carries that balance nicely, and it's why it and the original remain popular today. Even now, generations removed from the culture portrayed in the movie, it is unlikely for anyone to watch it and not relate to it in a meaningful way. Such warmly tender comedies are a rare commodity today, and even at the time few efforts compared.

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