The Big Wedding (2013)
Alejandro, the adopted son of Don and Ellie is getting married to the girl of his dreams. Which creates a little bit of a dilemma because Alejandro’s real mother Madonna is coming from Columbia for the wedding and she is a staunch Catholic. The dilemma is that Don and Ellie are divorced which is a big no-no. So to keep the peace and make the wedding weekend go smoothly Don and Ellie agree to pretend they are still married. It is only a few days, what can go wrong? Well like with any family gathering a lot can go wrong and does. Starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora.
The Big Wedding is one of the star packed films that doesn’t work but not because of the talent more because of the story. Short and sweet there is a lot to keep up with in this film. The story just kind of flies by you so you have to pay attention to keep up. While a short film is good for a comedy this one is almost too short for the story they are trying to do. Just too many details in such a short amount of time gets confusing and frustrating at times. That being said as a comedy it is successful right up to the end. Plenty of funny moments that will make you chuckle and a few that will make you laugh out loud. I felt kind of bad laughing at Robin Williams cause he was playing a priest after all but hey somehow I think God will forgive me. The reason this gets a 6 is because of the end. They just took the whole messed up family concept a few steps too far. You will literally being saying “What” and “Huh” more than once. Still not a bad movie and Keaton, Sarandon and De Niro are their typical selves with Williams adding a nice little curve ball to what would be a fairly typical casting. Oh and this should be obvious from the casting but this is NOT a family film. Don’t take the little ones or even the teens unless you want to be red-faced embarrassed and explaining things to them afterward.
6/10 Stars – Pretty much exactly what I expected in terms of quality although the end took a turn for the well…weird which didn’t help the film’s case much.
My review of this movie isn’t going to be a very long one, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. In fact, this movie was so easy to watch that I found it rather funny. The large cast and high amount of crazy plot twists made it very enjoyable. Sure their isn’t anything new here, and the movie is rather sexual in nature (very R rated), but if you are looking for a quirky adult comedy, you can’t go wrong here!
7/10 Stars – The cast make this movie likeable and enjoyable. Just remember, very R rated!
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