Looking for a feel good movie that will surprise you, make you laugh, and may just make you cry (it did for me)? ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is a must-see!
It may have taken 14 years, but the charm from My Big Fat Greek Wedding is back — and it was worth the wait. Now, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are married and raising their angry daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris), who feels overwhelmed by her insanely huge and overbearing Greek family. Sound familiar?
The family — which includes the entire cast from the original — is on Paris to find a boyfriend and of course, stay close to home for college. Toula, who we watched struggle with separating herself from her overbearing family, can’t help but now become the overbearing mother who, whether intentional or not, is smothering her daughter.
When an impromptu wedding has to be planned, Toula realizes just how much her family controls her life still as an adult, as well as the impact its had on her marriage to the ever-understanding, Ian. The movie, also written by Nia, shows family issues at its best — marriages that are full of love that still have issues, overbearing family members, the struggles of parenting, etc.
I’m not Greek, but could relate to multiple aspects of the sequel, just as I did in the original. The theme shift — Toula’s need to avoid being smothered by her parents to Toula’s need to stop smothering her won daughter — is a nice, easy transition. Overall, the movie has surprises you won’t see coming with certain characters, a cute romance mixed in between Paris and a new boy (but does he eat MEAT?!) and of course the hysterical antics between Maria (Lainie Kazan) and Gus (Michael Constantine) and our fave, Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin).
Don’t go in expecting an Oscar winner, but go in with your family expecting to laugh out loud, tear up, and be really impressed once again by Nia, who just wrote an amazing sequel.
Will you see the sequel?