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"The Big Wedding"

Romance, Comedy, Drama. Rated R. 1 hours, 30 minutes.

Photo by Lionsgate Films

Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams in Lionsgate "The Big Wedding" - 2013

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
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This movie brought back memories of 2002's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." The only difference is in "The Big Wedding," there is an American family and a Colombian one. This is basically the American remake of the 2006 French film "Mon frère se marie." It features lots of star power in the cast including Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and one of my all-time favorites, Robin Williams.

The film opens with a scene of Ellie Griffin (played by Diane Keaton) walking in a forest. Next, the camera pans up to a tree with the name of her kids etched on wooden signs that are nailed to it. The third shot is a scene of Don Griffin (Robert De Niro) lowering the underwear of Bebe (Susan Sarandon) and beginning to have sex with her in the kitchen. The two weren't aware that Ellie was looking out the window just a few feet away. She screamed and the two stopped dead in their tracks.

Don and Ellie Griffin were divorced, but pretended like they were a happily married couple because of the fact that their adopted son's wedding was coming up. His biological mother, Madonna (played by Patricia Rae) unexpectedly decided to fly across the country to attend. However, Don currently had feelings for Bebe at the same time.

Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Amanda Seyfried) were set to get married. There was a lot of emphasis on the fact that he was not caucasian. The Griffin family talked up the fact that their baby would look "beige."

The Griffins represented the typical dysfunctional American family. There was lots of drama between them--screaming, arguing, telling lies and kissing up. Not to mention the amount of sex. Later, we learn that Madonna isn't so perfect--she also has some baggage of her own.

Robin Williams acted as the priest, Father Monighan. It was similar to his role in 2007's "License to Wed." However, he didn't have very many lines in this movie. I would have liked to see more of him in a leading role rather than in a supporting one. One of his memorable scenes in "The Big Wedding" was when the Griffin family spilled their beans at confession.

Justin Zackham wrote and directed this film. He is best known for writing "Going Greek," and "The Bucket List." Scenes for this movie were shot in Darien, Conn. and Greenwich, Conn. It is rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity.

Who ends up getting married? Will it be one of the couples or two? Those are the questions you'll be able to answer at the end of the movie. I'm not going to tell you now. You have to see it for yourself to find out the answers.

I really enjoyed this movie. With a large cast like De Niro, Heaton, Heigl, Sarandon and Williams, how can you not like it? It was timed perfectly at 90 minutes--not too long, but not too short. It was nice to see Sarandon in another film. Where has she been hiding? I haven't seen her in many years. I'd recommend "The Big Wedding" for everyone, especially engaged couples who are set to marry in June--the most popular month to tie the knot.

Look for "The Big Wedding" to open in theaters nationwide on Friday, April 26.

OVERALL RATING: A-

 

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"The Big Wedding" movie poster

 

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