Flash Movie Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

There are several names I am familiar with such as cousins’ club, sibling night or family day. All these terms mean essentially the same thing: time is put aside to spend with one’s family. When I was growing up Sunday was family day for me; every Sunday was spent at a different relative’s house. It was an occasion for relatives to spend time together. Meeting on a frequent and consistent basis allowed all of us to grow up together and be aware of each other’s daily life for the most part. It was fortunate that the majority of the relatives lived no further than 1 hour away from each other. Now there are some families that hold a reunion, so all the family members get a chance to get together no matter where they may live. A specific date is chosen and word goes out to everyone to meet at a specific place and time. When a long passage of time has passed between visits there tends to be a lot of catching up to do between the relatives. I know how fun and exciting it can be to meet relatives that one has not seen for a long time. The happy occasion lends itself for some family members to continue the euphoria of the visit and plan another get together shortly after, “shortly” being a relative term. It is these next meetings that can turn out to be a letdown, compared to the previous get together. All the bringing up to date information was already covered and one discovers that there is not much else to talk about because with daily life events not being shared so often, people start to grow apart. For example it has been a long time since I have seen this family.   WHAT Toula’s, played by Nia Vardalos (I Hate Valentine’s Day, Connie and Carla); father Gus, played by Michael Constantine (The Juror, Room 222-TV), used to tell her he now was telling her daughter: that she needed to find a Greek boy and marry him. The family could not understand why the young girl wanted to go away for college. This romantic comedy brought back some of the fun characters we enjoyed from the original movie, such as Aunt Voula and Maria, played by Andrea Martin (Wag the Dog, Delivering the Goods) and Lanie Kazan (Beaches, My Favorite Year). Though I was happy to see Voula’s extended family, I quickly lost interest in them due to the lame script. What made the first film funny and charming was rehashed for this picture which made it goofy and boring. The same types of jokes were used so often that it was easy to predict what was going to happen next. A sense of heart was missing from the script, replaced with dull mugging and humor. If this family has another reunion down the road I may have to decline the invitation; I did not have any warm feelings for them in this movie.


1 ¾ stars  




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 30, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. I disagree. The movie was really good and worth the wait of 14 years.

  2. Oh, Darn – I was all excited to see this one. Of course, I see a differing opinion. So if I end up seeing it, I’ll let you know what I think. I’m waiting for something better to pop up.

    • Thank you Judy, I certainly would like to hear your views after seeing this film.

      • I saw it at a discount chain (that’s why I’m commenting so long after my first one). It was enjoyable. I didn’t have any expectations and it entertained me – that was good enough. But I did want to let you know. I didn’t hate it; your rating was probably accurate, though I’d give it 2 1/2 stars maybe.

      • I am glad you found this film for a discount and you were entertained. My bottom line for movies is if they move a person in either direction then they did their job. Thank you for coming back to tell me your experiences.

      • I like coming back – so it’s no problem. You’re the reviewer and I get to be the audience feedback!

      • How true and how grateful I am, thank you.

  3. I am not sure either. A second time around often tries to stay with the first first movie and seems to want to recapture the success, but copying a previous success never works. I could be wrong though as I haven’t seen it. ( Not even the first one)

  4. I only watched the tail end of it while waiting for my mom and brother who were watching it. They thought it was better than they expected, but they had already set the bar way low. The last bits I watched, I thought the same thing. It felt very familiar. I had just finished watching Zootopia, which was absolutely great. I plan on seeing it again.

  5. Oh, and I did end up seeing Eddie the Eagle – loved it.

  6. Hmmm lots of differing opinions, which makes me want to watch it!

  7. the first part was great and the two also promises to be fun

  8. I have not seen the first movie so this movie holds no interest for me anyway. However, I find the premise of the plot a bit troubling too: that in 2016 we still have films showing young women having their life choices questioned, meddling in their relationships, wondering why they are seeking tertiary education, and all played for comedic effect. Maybe if I saw the film then I would be reassured that the messages were not so negative and archaic but, as I say, I am not likely to do so anyway.

    • You are right, the concept of having to get married and have babies is archaic at least to me. The script was poorly written, so good thing you are taking a pass. Thanks for the comments.

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