Movie Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
There’s always a time in life where you watch a film and feel as though you can truly relate to one of the characters. It’s pretty rare to see a movie and think to yourself, wow, my whole family is just like that.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding turned out to be just such a movie. People loved it so much because it was relatable, centering on a woman dealing with her love life and her overbearing family. Characters such as an aunt who reveals too much information, a grandmother off in her own little world, and father who’s not ready to let go were rough reflections of our own relatives. It’s no surprise, then, that this movie went on to become the highest-grossing independent film of all time.
The sequel finds Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian (John Corbett) trying to convince their college-bound daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) to remain in Chicago for school. Like all graduating high school students, Paris wants independence—and maybe a chance to kiss that boy she’s been lusting after (Alex Wolff).
Of course, Toula’s entire obnoxious kin is never far behind. Her parents seem to be facing a problem—as it turns out, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) are not legally married. Maria sees it as the perfect opportunity to bring back some passion into their life, but Gus doesn’t want to make a big deal out of things. In fact, he is more concerned with proving he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great.
I’ve always adored My Big Fat Greek Wedding since I can see my family in each of the characters. My grandmother is the glamorous Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), My cousin is the honest Nikki (Gia Carides), and my mother is Toula: Trying to save everyone and sometimes forgetting about her own needs in the process.
The sequel does come off as forced in the beginning. It seemed the film was on its way to trying too hard to be like the original. That expectation melted away ten minutes in when I was in stitches over the durability of Windex.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, while it will never be as good as the original, is an obnoxious and delightful treat. It’s sure to put a smile on your face—as long as you see the original first.