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Comedy - Family

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

Duration1h 34m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: A 
Source of storyThe characters from the first Big Fat Greek Wedding
DirectorKirk Jones
Writers/ScriptNia Vardalos
StarringNia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Elena Kampouris, Andrea Martin,
RatingsIMDb: 6.0/10 by 30,266 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 28% by 172 reviewers. Review2view: 5/10.

Elevator Pitch: We are in the Greek community of an American suburb. Toula is reduced to working in her father’s restaurant although her husband is principal of the high school attended by their daughter Paris. Paris wants to go to college a long way from her parents and the rest of the family. Toula’s father Gus believes that he is a descendent of Alexander the Great but during his research finds that he is not actually married to his wife of fifty years. Hence he must propose to her again and arrange another super wedding. But nothing is going to go smoothly.

Content: No sex or nudity but just one sexy joke when one of the family, on meeting a good looking guy, unzips her top to expose her cleavage. Paris’s parents argue with her and she is seen to be fed up with the Greekness of her environment. The family frequently get together for a variety of reasons and argue a lot. Gus is very stubborn hence a rift with his wife.

A View: The critics did not like this much, and neither did I, but there seems to be an undercurrent of affection for the Greek theme. There is really only one joke in this movie, well, two if you count the one I have described above. The other joke is that the whole family is constantly involved in every aspect of the family business. The camera focuses constantly on Toula, played by Nia Vardalos, the writer of the piece. I wondered why until I found out. So even if you like Greece and the Greeks this is not really a watch, unless you saw the first film.

I find that I have reviewed a lot of what might be called family comedies. Here are three involving actual families. What We Did On Our Holidays, Johnson Family Vacation, Goosebumps .

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