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Movie Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

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.


(2 stars out of 4)

(2 stars out of 4)


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.

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