The Big Wedding (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)
  • Time: 90 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Justin Zackham
  • Cast: Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes


To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.


  • The potential was definitely not reached in this film. It’s obvious in the first five minutes that the movie is desperately trying for cheap laughs, with sexual situations taking priority over character development. There is no discernible plot and the script is poorly written. Despite including big name stars, this movie has no redeeming value. Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams… it’s a waste of actors time! Unfortunately, in spite of their combined talent, they couldn’t drag this one from the trash bin of easily forgettable films no matter how hard they tried…

  • My mom is Jbuddist, which is Jewish slash Buddhist

    Occasionally I have to give in and look at a “romcom” over the weekend. My wife is happy because she can see another chick flick. And I’m happy because my braincells get a rest once again while watching a movie. You really don’t need those during “The Big Wedding”. The only reason why I wanted to watch this movie was the fact that there were quite a few big stars participating in it. Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Topher Grace. But a sublime cast can’t always save a movie. That’s cristal clear.

    I have to admit, it’s not a movie that completely sucks and it has all the necessary requirements when the content of the movie is about organizing and completing a wedding. It’s one out of a dozen and completes the list of previous wedding movies such as “Father of the Bride,” “My Big Greek Wedding,” “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “Wedding Crashers.” The latter is on a different level, but the typical cliche jokes are also in it. Besides it seems to me that Diana Keaton has a weak spot for such kind of movies. Again she shows up as the mother of the (this time) groom.

    Something inevitably always must be present in these movies … a pond nearby. This is absolutely needed so that there’s invariably a splashing water scene in the movie. Fetishists are waiting for this to appear so the tears of merriment roll down their cheeks. In “The Big Wedding” it was used twice. First time when the beautiful naked body of Ana Ayora disappears in it (The drooling part) and the second time as Robin Williams tumbles in it (The less drooling part). The latter has however retained greatly in terms of exaggerated acting and seems to have had a dose of sedatives so that he doesn’t start trotting around in a hyper-kinetic way. Anyway, I thought for a moment that I had already seen this movie, but I confused this movie with “License to wed” in which he also played the role of a priest. Personally I found the confession scene extremely funny and hilarious. I even had to laugh briefly.

    I thought the rest of the cast played on autopilot. De Niro showed up again in his bathrobe and seemed to come straight out of “Meet the Fockers”. Keaton looked like an old tart who realizes that her days of extreme sexual appetite are over, but still gets pleasantly surprised during the course of the story and discovers that those cobwebs suddenly disappeared. The dialogues between both were sometimes funny and entertaining. Sarandon plays as always like an old cow. Katherine Heigl was there for the dramatic part. The most imaginative and funny role was played by Topher. The not so bad looking doctor who is already 29 years and never shagged anybody is running the whole movie after the South-American Nuria like a horny turned-on ape.

    The inevitable misunderstandings follow each other in rapid succession. The divorced Don and Ellie need to fake that they are still married, with some uncomfortable situations as a result. They end up in bed again. What a surprise ! The new girlfriend is pushed aside a bit what pisses her off and she takes revenge by unexpectedly appearing everywhere. The daughter is trying to get pregnant for years already and now has an allergic reaction to anything that has to do with babies. Eventually she turns out to be pregnant just as she broke up with the future father. Sigh … The South-American girl first wants to start something exciting with the 29 year old son who is, as mentioned earlier, still a virgin. But after a friendly chat with the mother she doesn’t want that anymore. As a result the son walks around like a frustrated teenager with his pants too tight. The handjob by the South American during dinner reminded me immediately of “Wedding Crashers”. As icing on the cake it turns out that there are more persons who had an affair. Some even like to do it with someone of the same sex . Don’t worry, no one will be offended , and life goes on as usual. Felt strange to me anyway.

    Well, it was a fun movie just for passing time on a Sunday, and the benefit of such movies is that the playtime isn’t that long. Afterwards you feel relaxed and you’re happy you didn’t end up in such a crazy family.

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