By Bill Wine
KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a large fat blurb strike in 2002. And now, a decade-and-a-half later, a warmhearted, ethnic, broad-to-a-fault comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has given birth to a sequel.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a deja observation knowledge if ever there were one.
The feel-good original, created by and starring Nia Vardalos, who formed her screenplay on her possess one-woman play, was constructed by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
It offering culture-clash dispute involving a loving, exasperating family; an welcome and jubilee of Greek culture, a bit of peaceful lampooning of same; and a Cinderella story of sorts.
Viewers flocked to and swore by a modestly budgeted attraction, with a box bureau earnings augmenting rather than dwindling as a weeks of recover went by.
For My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Vardalos earnings as author and star, Hanks and Wilson are behind as producers, and flattering many a whole expel reprise their roles.
We’re once again in a familiar of a Portokalos family in Chicago, behind with marrieds Toula and Ian, played by Vardalos and John Corbett.
At this point, their matrimony could use a spark. And a rebelliousness of their teenage daughter (Elena Kampouris), who’s about to go off to college and has small time for Greek traditions, doesn’t help.
Nor does a suggested family secret, that is that Toula’s colorful parents, Maria and Gus, played again by Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, are not strictly married.
That come meant usually one audience-pleasing thing: we need another big, fat wedding.
This film does zero if not give viewers a warm, sentimental bath.
And since a really humorous Andrea Martin as wiseacre Aunt Voula gave moviegoers several water-cooler moments a initial time out, she’s behind to do it again.
The verdict: if usually a whole film was adult to her standards.
British executive Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine, Nanny McPhee, Everybody’s Fine, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) — not usually granting though enlivening overacting — orchestrates all a pieces and gags, some recycled from a initial film, during a tip of everybody’s lungs, as if all a discourse was in caps and a whole assembly was huddled in a behind of a second balcony.
The makers seem dedicated not usually to a altogether benevolence of a enterprise, with a depiction of a close and caring, if mostly overbearing, family. But they are creation certain that positively nobody misses any of a jokes or a points.
This could explain because a film’s thespian thrusts work some-more effectively than a comedic ones – not a happy business in a comedy, to be sure.
In her screenplay, Vardalos — who perceived an Oscar assignment for her book for a strange – easily explores marriage, parenting, immigration, and family pressure.
But for a many partial her charge is simply to have we spend time with these characters in a hopes that you’ll suffer their company.
The problem is that a film itself takes on a forward celebrity of a intolerable family underneath a microscope.
So we’ll marry 2 stars out of 4. The comedy sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, registers like a boisterous family reunion that you’re spasmodic beholden we attended, though that distant too mostly finds we wishing we could trip out a kitchen doorway and exit.