Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they’re also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions.
On top of that, Toula must contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When a shocking family secret comes to light, the entire Portokalos clan makes plans to come together for an even bigger wedding than before.
“The Chairman” – When I knew that I was seeing ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’, I asked myself a couple of questions; “Who has been asking for this sequel? And why has it taken 12 years to make?” Halfway through the movie and at the end, I kept asking these questions. There are a few chuckles here and there, but you learn nothing new about these characters or about their motivations. The lead characters make Greek families look (and feel) like quicksand, the more you struggle; the more they pull you to your death.
You can tell the amount of effort that went into this by the title, here is one ‘My Big Fat Greek Family’. The current title is so lazy and thoughtless. Notice how I didn’t go into much detail of the characters or plot, as the movie is shallow and forgettable. If they are doing this for a cash grab, I think the studio is in for a rude awakening. This isn’t even good counter programming against Batman v Superman, as people would rather stay at home if the comic book genre isn’t their thing. The only redeeming quality is that it didn’t waste too much of my time, only 94mins.
If you liked the first movie, don’t watch this…rather re-watch the first movie or have a meal with your family. 3/10
“Storm” – I don’t really recall the first Fat Greek wedding so I won’t be making the comparison. Writing this review was hard as I struggled to reconcile what I saw and with how it made me feel (which was nothing). From the response in the theatre, it seems that most present enjoyed the movie.
There’s no real character development or even story for that matter, but if you’re looking for a mindless escape for 1h34mins then this movie is for you. Not very memorable and don’t overthink it. 4.5/10
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