Reviewed by: Nicole Granath
family is precious and valuable, protect those relationships with perseverance
celebration of one’s ethnic heritage
wedding preparations and their strain on some families
marriage in the Bible
Some people are convinced that traditional marriages don’t work and that this practice should be abandoned. What does the Bible say about marriage? Answer
marriages that lose their spark and become stale
woman feeling trapped in her life
how to deal with overbearing parents
feeling embarrassed about your family
parent daughter relationships / daughter who is embarassed by her mother
effects of humor based on vulgar or crude sexual talk
GAY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.
|Featuring:|| Nia Vardalos … Toula
John Corbett … Ian
Elena Kampouris … Paris
John Stamos … George
Rita Wilson … Anna
Michael Constantine … Gus
Lainie Kazan … Maria
Andrea Martin … Aunt Voula
Gia Carides … Nikki
Joey Fatone … Angelo
|Director:||Kirk Jones—“Nanny McPhee” (2006)|
|Producer:||Gold Circle Films
Tom Hanks … Producer
Rita Wilson … Producer
Nia Vardalos … Executive Producer
“People change. Greeks don’t.”
Prequel: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)
“Opa!” The dancing and jubilation continue in this big, fat sequel to the original smash hit. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) have spent the past 17 years focused on raising their only child, a daughter named Paris (Elena Kampouris). But now, with Paris preparing to finish high school and pick a college, the two find themselves wondering where the spark in their marriage has gone. And, although Paris is growing up and seems ready to break away from her overbearing family, her parents dread the idea of their baby bird flying too far away from the nest. Meanwhile, an unexpected family discovery leads to an unforeseen reason to celebrate once again, Greek-style.
This film gives several nods to the original, which sent the audience into fits of laughter. The original cast from the previous film returned, and the chemistry between all the characters is definitely still there. Aunt Voula is hilarious as ever, with her never-ending descriptions of her many strange health ailments. Gus is still windexing everything in sight, and his chauvinistic ways still bother his wife Maria at times. Yet, through it all, she is always somehow reminded of her love for him.
The family is as tight-knit as ever, always rallying together in times of need. Seeing a family stick together and help each other like the Portokalos family does is so refreshing in today’s society, where we don’t always see families depicted in a positive way in films and on television.
There are only a handful of objectionable parts in this film. In one scene, after Toula and Ian have gone on a date together, they pull up in front of her parents’ house in their car. As they relive their dating days from the past, before they were married, remembering how they used to have long goodbye kisses, etc., the two proceed to make out, even putting the seats down in their car, suggesting that something more intimate is about to happen. It isn’t until Toula’s mother and daughter see them and knock on the car window, that they momentarily pause what they are doing. “Don’t you have a house to do that in?” asks one of the family members, which is definitely a reasonable question. The whole scene really does not need to be in the movie. During a scene where a bunch of family members are at a hair salon together, “bedroom” talk is engaged in, including some crass joking.
Later, a family member announces that his business partner is also his homosexual partner, and this is portrayed as perfectly fine. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin just like any other sin, and that it is something that can be overcome through Christ, but not a lifestyle to embrace or celebrate.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [verbal abusers/injuring other’s reputation with a spirit of dissension], nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” —1 Corinthians 6:9-11
On the whole, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is somewhat predictable, although there are a few unexpected plot twists. The film is mostly good, clean fun, and contains many more laughs than I expected. The themes of family being precious and valuable, and never giving up on each other, are very evident and heartwarming. As far as sequels go, this one is pretty entertaining and possibly worth a watch. The film seems to set the scene nicely for a possible third installment in the future.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Minor to moderate—OMG (1), “oh g*d” (2), slang words for male and female genitals / Sex/Nudity: Heavy / Alcohol/Drugs: Moderate
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
…audiences who flocked to MBFGW likely will do so for this sweet successor, which relies heavily on ethnic humor and Greek shtick. …plays like a feature-length sitcom episode…
—Peter Howell, Toronto Star Newspapers
…dull but harmless…
—Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
In 2002, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was at least a unique cultural take on movie cliches typically reserved for Italian and Jewish squabbles and makeups. Now it’s all stale baklava, made with love but past its prime. Opa? Nope-a.
—Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
…overly broad and ultimately unfunny… a harmless but forgettable sequel… stale… [C-]
—Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly
…every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive. …
—Geoff Berkshire, Variety
…embarrassingly awful retread… A washed-out recycling of ethnic clichés and exhausted jokes… Mortifying confidences and adult groping.
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
…a “Big Fat Waste of Time”… prepare to get restless…
—Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
…the laziness of the writing and acting takes a creeping, spirit-sapping toll. Honestly, not one joke lands… [1/5]
—Tim Robey, The Telegraph [UK]