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,
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
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