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Film Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Millennials rejoice, or not as the case may be, for Nia Vardalos has finally served up a sequel to the 2002 smash hit that was My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Anyone familiar with the first movie remembers its sweet quirkiness, the genuinely funny gags, and the heart-warming love story that made it such a popular movie at the time.

Sadly the main thing the two movies have in common is the cast, who, after 14 years, are looking significantly aged. It is definitely a pleasant surprise to see that genuinely the whole cast seems to have reunited for the sequel, but their lined faces, and wrinkled necks: although first used for one of the better gags, are enough to make any audience member feel old and weary.

We are reintroduced to the Portokalos family, as Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian’s (John Corbett) first and only child Paris (Elena Kampouris) is about to graduate high school and disappear off to college. Still as close as ever, the Portokalos family threatens to drive Paris far away, out of their smothering grasp. Meanwhile, Toula’s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) discover that due to a phony priest, they are not officially married. It can mean only one thing: it’s time for another ‘big fat Greek wedding’!
Suffering, without a love story to root for, what we have instead is the less compelling story of Toula and Ian trying to reconnect with each other, due to apparently having drifted apart. Likewise, the love story between Gus and Maria only adds a mild sweetness to the film, and nothing more.

Perhaps a little more Greek and Greek culture gags would have helped it along, but ultimately the film seems to know it can never recreate the magic of its predecessor. It seems mostly to be a film put together for ‘old times’ sake’, and sadly, it seems the cast had a lot more fun making it than audiences will watching it.

Written by Sarah Sutton

 

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