Over the last few years there has been a trend of putting as many celebrities in one film as possible, and so far, it has not worked. The producers rely on the fact that their audience is going to think, “With all those stars, it couldn’t possibly be bad!” But they usually are. They usually suck.  These movies have no substance, terrible scripts and the actors just phone in their performances. I went into The Big Wedding with the same expectations, and to my surprise this wasn’t the case.  Is it going to win any awards? No. Is it a movie I’ll remember for years? No. Months? No. Perhaps not even weeks. But for the hour and twenty nine minutes I was at the theatre, I genuinely enjoyed myself.

Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) are the divorced parents of Lyla (Katherine Heigl), Jared (Topher Grace) and their adopted Colombian son Alejandro (Ben Barnes). Alejandro is about to marry Melissa (Amanda Seyfried), who’s parents just realized Alejandro is Columbian and they can’t get over that they will have “half brown grandchildren.”  The problems arise (aside from the bride’s family’s racist comments) when Alejandro’s birth mother comes to the wedding.  Alejandro is terrified of offending his catholic birth mother by telling her his parents are divorced and his father is living in sin with Bebe (Susan Sarandon). So he asks his parents to pretend they are married, which causes all sorts of crazy unnecessary drama. But, if the wedding went off without a hitch, it wouldn’t have been a very amusing film!

The Big Wedding is like every other “wedding” movie, there are conflicts that arise, family hurdles to overcome and eventually  everyone comes together for the happily ever after wedding.  What makes this wedding movie different is the “R” rating.  There are plenty of crude jokes, sexual humor and explicit language.  But none of it is that awkward gross humor like in American Wedding; it’s all in good fun and kept me laughing the entire time. 

Adapted from the French film Mon frere se Marie, The Big Wedding delivers borderline raunchy, crass, risqué comedy.   It’s worth a redbox rental, or a matinee.  I definitely wouldn’t pay full movie theatre prices for this one.


Rated R

1 hr 29 minutes

In theatres now