My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
Critic Consensus: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is as sweet and harmless as the original, but its collection of sitcom gags and stereotypes never coalesces into anything resembling a story with a purpose.
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as Toula Portokalos
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as Nick Portokalos
as Maria Portokalos
as Aunt Voula
as Cousin Nikki
as Northwestern Rep
as Rodney Miller
as Harriet Miller
as Mrs. White
as Paris at 4
as Physical Therapist
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There is so much food, music, dancing and crying that you want to come out, at the end, and find a quiet place to watch paint dry. Unless, of course, you loved MBFGW1 and have spent 14 years waiting for MBFGW2.
It manages to rehash the original, almost entirely, while lacking nearly all the things that made the first film, despite its flaws, compelling.
Predictable wackiness ensues, with Jones encouraging each cast member to go as broad and frantic as possible. Yet the film does tap into real-world anxieties many viewers will share.
What we're left with is something that recalls Crocodile Dundee in L.A. - the misbegotten notion that bringing back characters long past their sell-by date is a good idea.
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This was a pleasant enough film with a few mild chuckles, but if the Greeks invented comedy, there's little evidence here. There seems to be a reason the Greek masters didn't write sequels frequently.
See more reviews like this at chrisbreviews.blogspot.com I feel like this movie should never have been made. The first movie was a standalone classic, but of course the movie industry had to give the movie another go. They struggled to find another wedding to put on to the extent that they gave an existing married couple another wedding. I'm not saying this movie is bad, but it's just unnecessary. One thing I can say about this romantic comedy is that it had a lot of beautiful moments. Moments where you cry, laugh, or just reminisce at. This wasn't an Oscar winning film or an action blockbuster, but it was a beautiful story about family and its importance. The cast isn't very well known because there was one main criteria to be in this movie; to be Greek. And there aren't a lot of well-known Greek actors, but here they are none the less. Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Elena Kampouris, Rita Wilson, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, John Stamos, Andrea Martin, and Alex Wolff. There are a lot of different sub plots and character arcs in this film for lots of different characters, but on the whole they were balanced fairly well. I've always particularly enjoyed Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine's performances as Maria and Gus Portokalos, the classic old married couple with no shortage of comedic moments. No Oscars here, but the primary purpose was to entertain, so that's ok I guess. This film is mainly comedy and family, and it certainly entertained me. I really enjoyed this film's comedic value. The setting is also hilarious, this massive Greek family in a proud American suburb, and this is explored more so than in the first film. The themes were many and meaningful, including acceptance, family, adolescence, independence, happiness, love, tradition, and respect. This film has something for everyone. The script wasn't amazing but had, as I've said, a lot of funny moments. Even if you're not a rom com fan, I'm sure you will enjoy something in this movie. The potential for sequels was left open-ended, with a family member coming out as gay and Paris developing a love interest for a Greek boy from her school, any of these could be the subject for another big fat Greek wedding. Actress Nia Vardalos has come up with an idea and discussions are in the works. I'm going to sound extremely hypocritical here but I'm interested to see how Paris's story ends... The tone in this movie was very lighthearted, but serious where it needed to be. I liked that. No cliches here either. The running time was perfect for this film. The previous instalment, the original, was better in every way in my opinion, but this did just fine as far as sequels go. And no, you don't need to have seen the original to understand this one, you pick up the context pretty quickly. To improve, the storyline could've been better, and less exactly-like-the-original. ALOT is identical in this one, from the formatting to lines to the general plot. Director Jones let nostalgia consume this film a little more than it should have. Some of the sub plots were unnecessary (grandfather in bathtub) while others should've received more attention (family member coming out)! This is a very easy trap to fall into. Overall, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It had some beautifully emotional moments and fantastic themes at its core with some great nostalgic moments from the first film. But this doesn't escape the fact that this film shouldn't exist and therefore I shouldn't be writing this review. Note to movie makers; leave great individual movies ALONE. Rewatchability level is MODERATE TO HIGH due to its comic relief.
Bigger, fatter, stronger...no. After waiting 15 years, Greece isn't the word anymore for the sitcom-y schtick on display with another round of Wedding bell blues. It's confounding to think Nia Vardalos, creator and star of this sequel and its forebear, begged CBS to axe My Big Fat Greek Life, the 2003 small screen continuation of her hit big screen comedy. Granted, TV execs and the production team fought over the series' direction all season long until they turned a sure-fire smash into a 7-episode burnout. But My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a pleasant surprise lucky enough to sustain one movie but certainly not two let alone a sitcom, charmed it's way into people's hearts because it IS a big-screen sitcom. The jokes lack a laugh-track but the characters and situations smack of canned laughter. Just like with Zoolander 2 just months ago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 arrives late to a party it really wasn't invited to. In this PG-13-rated comedy, a Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters (Vardalos, Corbett, et al) back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding. Over-the-top, on-the-nose, and made-for-TV, the overall production makes nice...as in it earns praise meant for a child handing you a drawing: "that's nice, honey." Harmless fun, these continued goings-on examine over-familiar comedy themes and situations recycled from countless shows and movies, but all involved - Vardalos especially - works hard for your approval. Unwanted? Yes. Unnecessary? Well, mostly. If My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 rears its unneeded head, however, all courtesy and niceties will go the way of Pompeii. Bottom line: It's All Greek to Meh
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