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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2

SYNOPSIS: After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris), Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding - this time, even bigger and fatter.

Review by Louise Keller:
There is such genuine affection for the characters in this uplifting sequel that we cannot help but be carried along by the craziness, energy and uproarious passion for all things Greek. It's hard to believe that it has been 14 years since Nia Vardalos' travel agent Toula fell for Ian (John Corbett), whose only crime was not to be Greek. Although time has passed and things have somewhat changed, in fact nothing has really changed with the large extended meddlesome family as meddlesome as ever - albeit in a hilariously caring way. Vardalos' smart screenplay concentrates on the little things - the characters, their foibles and misadventures. It's beautifully judged with immaculate timing and while there are no major surprises, the joys of the film are in the execution, offering a Parthenon of laughs and an adrenalin shot in the arm.

The film begins by re-establishing the characters - from Vardalos' over caring mum Toula, her larger than life mother Maria (Laine Kazan), her cantankerous patriarch father
Gus (Michael Constantine), scene stealing Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), brash hairdresser sister Nikki (Gia Carides) to name but a few. The joke about this close-knit Greek family is that they live in each other's pockets - from four adjacent houses - so everyone knows everyone's affairs. The family's Greek restaurant is the natural central location for much of the action.

The central plot of Toula and Ian's molly-coddled 17 year old Goth daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) and the entire family's obsession with her meeting 'a nice Greek boy' is sidelined by the revelation that Maria and Gus's wedding 50 years ago is not legal. This joke is played to the hilt as Maria turfs Gus out of the marital bed, insists on 50 years backpay before insisting on the dream wedding she never had. Meanwhile, Toula and Ian are reigniting their romantic relationship with date nights and Gus is researching his ancestry. I love the scene when different family members patiently try to teach Gus how to work the computer and the running gag is that each member of the Greek family - young and old - insists every word in the English language originated with the Greek.

It's loud and brash, silly and funny with a huge heart that pumps sincerity throughout the proceedings. Director Kirk Jones manages the mix of caricature and heartfelt sincerity wonderfully and the result is a fun 89 minutes that lets you leave your troubles at the door and have a whopping good time.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (PG)
(US, 2016)

CAST: Nia Vardalos, John Stamos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Alex Wolff, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor

PRODUCER: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Rita Wilson

DIRECTOR: Kirk Jones

SCRIPT: Nia Vardalos

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jim Denault

EDITOR: Markus Czyzewski

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Not credited

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 24, 2016







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