May 13, 2016 5:17:47 pm
We all know about big families and big weddings. Since 2002, we also know about big Greek families and big Greek weddings. And their obsession with food, marriage and lineage, not necessarily in that order.
Fourteen years later, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 doesn’t travel much further. The mis-matched couple of the first film, Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (Corbett), now have a daughter on the verge of entering college. The premise is that Toula is about to see a child move away just when her own parents, who live next door as does the extended family, continue to be as into each other’s lives as ever.
There is an idea there, but this film is more content playing on its old, successful themes, including a Windex spray, and even inveigles a wedding between Toula’s still-squabbling parents under the flimsiest of pretexts to justify the title. Meanwhile the daughter, underplayed nicely by Kampouris, gets reduced to a side story.
At the same time, Toula’s parents Gus and Maria, played by Constantine and Kazan to near perfection, remain the best part of this extended family where aunts, uncles, cousins, their wives, grandma, nieces and nephews all prominently figure. It is funny in parts and mostly astute (written like the first film by Vardalos herself), especially in its observations on married couples with children.
However, but for the mini-iPad wielded by the aunts, the universe of the Portokalos hasn’t changed. Courtesy the iPad, Maria and her female relatives have picked up a nice trick for that perfect shot. Just before the click, they tell each other to “pull my neck up” from behind.
One question though, how come Toula and Ian call their daughter Paris? Even in Greek mythology, that is the name of a boy.
Directed by Kirk Jones
Starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Elena Kampouris
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