My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a better late than never sequel. I remember hearing a lady leaving the first film saying she wanted her own big, fat Greek wedding. She — as the box office showed — wasn’t alone.
That won’t be the case with this one.
Toula — still working at Mom and Dad’s restaurant — and husband Ian’s daughter Paris is just about ready to graduate from high school. Mom and Dad want her to go to college in Chicago. Her eyes are elsewhere.
A second plot has Gus and Maria finding out they aren’t really married. He refuses to propose to her in a romantic fashion, so she — in turn — refuses to marry him and make their union legal.
The original cast reunites and — as with the first film — Nia Vardalos writes. She plays no favorites with her characters. Everyone gets a zinger or two. Andrea Martin’s Aunt Voula gets a few more, but you get the sense that Vardalos loves the person who inspired the character more than the others.
While a bit more uneven than the original, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is as much fun. My only knock is that it’s packed with more plot threads than a TV sitcom. In fact, some of the sequences have more in common with TV than movies.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Elena Kampouris, Louis Mandylor, Rita Wilson
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It’s playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Queensgate Cinema 12, and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.