Movie Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
I loved My Big Fat Greek Wedding for many reasons, one of which is the similarities to my own life: I also have a close-knit family whose home bases are all relatively nearby (except a couple who have made their way to other coasts!), and there are no vegetarians in it. None of us are even dating any vegetarians.
So I was really excited to see the sequel on opening night. While the movie kept me entertained and I laughed, once we got out of the theater and I thought about what I had watched…I realized that it really was not very good. It’s hard for me to say that because the idea of the movie still appeals to me, but as a standalone film it just didn’t work. The movie is self-aware of the parts that made the first movie great, but that doesn’t mean we need to have it hammered in, for example, that Toula’s aunt shares too much information—her first speech was enough!
The movie also doesn’t have a well-done plot. What the trailer tries to sell is the idea that Toula’s parents aren’t officially married, so they have another wedding fifty years after their first. But there isn’t enough conflict to make this a main plot, so there are three or four other sub-plots that feel half-baked thrown in. Also, John Corbett and Nia Vardalos, who made up the heart and soul of the first movie, are barely present in this one.
I would still say go see this movie, but maybe it's an OnDemand/Netflix type of night instead of a theater-worthy show.
Stars: 1.5 out of 5
Bring with you: Lamb
Coming soon! Bob is getting ready to cook a side for the big fat (Italian) Easter with Allie's family. It was not easy to convince my grandma to let us bring food. She will still make enough for 50.