What’s the Story?
We catch up on what has become of the loud and lovable Portokalos clan since 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding debuted and went on to become the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time.
Writer/creator Nia Vardalos again stars as Toula who is still happily married to Ian (John Corbett) the non-Greek dish she met and fell in love with in the original. They’re still living next door to her parents Gus and Maria (Michael Constantine and Lanie Kazan) as their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) prepares for her prom and applies to colleges. The rest of the boisterous family, including, but not limited to Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), cousin Angelo (Joey Fatone) and Toula’s brother Louis Mandylor are also on hand.
This time the wedding in question is that of Gus and Maria who learn that their marriage isn’t technically legal since the priest who did the ceremony forgot to sign the marriage certificate. Complications arise when a spat between the couple threatens to put the kibosh on the whole affair.
A subplot has Gus turning to an ancestry site to prove that he – and, by extension, the family – is directly descended from Alexander the Great.
John Stamos has a small role as a TV newscaster who also attends the Greek Orthodox Church attended by Toula’s family.
What really worked about the original film was its humorous but naturalistic portrayal of a family steeped in a loving ethnic culture that wasn’t too often portrayed on film. You really could buy into the characters and situations. The humor flowed from just how real it all seemed.
Fourteen years later. Toula and her family are still likable — but the script, unfortunately, plays much more like an extended sitcom. It has its moments of truth and warmth – but it’s just not quite as real as the original.
Still, you could do worse than spending an hour and a half the Portokalos family – and, despite some mild sexual innuendo (which can be found on even the tamest family sitcoms these days), it’s all quite family appropriate.
Running Time: 94 Min.
Violence (on a scale of 1-5): 0
Fe-Media’s recommended age: 8 years old
Discussion Topics: The importance of individuality in family relationships. Why it’s important to respect people’s choices regarding marriage? And why it’s important – but oftentimes difficult for parents to let their grown-up children leave the nest?