My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

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  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Kirk Jones
  • Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Elena Kampouris, Michael Constantine

Storyline:

Still working in her parents’ Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos’s daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate high school and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. When Toula’s parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together?

3 reviews

  • 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a smash hit and even the CBS’ TV sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life had some promise to it before getting cancelled. 14 years later, Nia Vardalos revisits her smash-hit with a sequel that is very much like the beloved Greek treat baklava. That’s right, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is drenched with sweetness, could be a little nutty at times but just like eating any sweet, did you really need it?

    Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award (R) nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

    The entire family is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and this time around it is more of a family going as Nia Vardalos’ Toula barely gets more screen time than any other family member. With that being said, director Kirk Jones has the job of intertwining the many plots thrown at us by this big fat Greek family. We have Toula having separation issues with her only-child who is getting ready for college, Toula’s parents preparing to have a wedding of their own, Michael Constantine’s Gus going on his quest to prove he is a descendant of Alexander the Great and Toula and John Corbett’s Ian attempt to salvage their marriage. There are a few more but I am not trying to have a big fat Greek sentence on the many plots the film contains.

    With the help of Vardalos’s screenplay that is filled with one-liners and sweet baklava-esque moments, Jones was able to to intertwine all the plots without dragging the move along with him. With a run-time merely over 90-minutes, the script is rough around the edges but still contains some harmless lessons such as one should always tend to their marriage and distance could also make individuals closer. Nothing crazy, but sweet enough to stomach.

    Andrea Martin’s Aunt Viola and Constantine’s Gus are by far the highlights as they steal majority of the scenes they are in. John Stamos makes a cameo but it is a tad cheesy.

    If you were a fan of the 2002 hit then My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 contains enough magic to have you resonate with the sequel. The entire family is back and that is enough to bring some of the magic as well.

  • Nia Vardalos snuck up with her Portokalos family ten years ago when it was her character’s big, fat Greek wedding. Now it’s ten years later and something new and even bigger is sneaking up on Gus and Maria Portokalos and the concept of immediate family just doesn’t apply. One of the biggest and best elements of this movie is that all the family is back with the original actors repeating the characters they created.
    As the screenwriter Vardalos keeps all the plates spinning with ease. The new stuff to this story comes out of the family and the situation they find themselves in now. Nothing is forced or wedged in and yet some of it is still something only the Portokalos could end up having to deal with. She handles the characters and the situations with logic and believability. Director Kirk Jones handles it the same way. I don’t know if they saved the sets, rebuilt them, or they’re real locations but everything is there. Nothing new is dropped in just to make things different. As with the script, Jones keeps it all in the family and lets the new come from the old.
    Vardalos is back as Toula. She has allowed the character to slip a little as her life has swirled around her but Toula is still Toula. And John Corbett still plays her husband Ian with the patience of a saint. These two characters are watching themselves turn into Toula’s mother and father and don’t know what to do about it. Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan are back as Toula’s parents Gus and Maria and they are a delight. Andrea Martin is Aunt Voula, Joey Fatone is Angelo, Louis Mandylor is Nick, and Bess Meisler is great grandmother Yiayia. The family is all there and you can settle in with them because they’re just as you remember them.
    Also in this world are Rita Wilson and John Stamos as Anna and George a couple who are there for one joke. Bruce Gray and Fiona Reid are back as Ian’s parents but they’ve learned the rhythms of this family and they fit in perfectly now. Jayne Eastwood in the nosey neighbor, Mrs. White, and Ian Gomez is back as Mike, a good friend who has become a cop. All of these actors, both in and outside the family, add color and believability and thus make this world a better comic world.
    I give My Big, Fat Greek Wedding-2, 4 bottles of Windex out of 5. So what if it’s not going to be an award winner. It is going to be one of the movies you can watch over and over through the years until, ten years from now, there’s another Greek wedding. I for one can’t wait.

  • A sequel after the 14 years, actually it was not bad. It followed a simple story of another fat wedding in the Toula’s big family. Great to see them all once again, and I hope the third film as well will be made very sooner than another 14 years. This franchise has a wonderful set of the characters and each one was in a very unique that imprinted its trademark and so the film gave them all equal parts to explore the opportunity.

    Yep, it’s not anymore about Toula, particularly not in this part or if you’re expecting it to be about her daughter, you will be disappointed, but it was a well distributed contents to all the characters and extracted as much as possible good comedies. Beside it was written by Toula (Nia Vardalos) like the previous film.

    Most of the stuff was as expected, like the slapstick humours. Not everybody would going love it, but if you had liked the first then definitely you would enjoy it as well. Even the first film was not a masterpiece and so this one yet undeniably a good entertainer. Nowadays, in this kind of theme you won’t get a fresh storyline, but this one was very original. From the director by ‘Everybody’s Fine’ fame, who really did a good job. A decent summer film, but a very enjoyable film with the family.

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