… Or Keeping Up With the Portokaloses.
The whole family is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2! When Toula’s father Costas discovers that he and Maria are not legally married, the family bands together to go all out for an even bigger, even Greeker wedding. Written by and starring Nia Vardalos, this sequel to her much loved original film is full of laughs, love and enough baklava for everyone.
The film follows Toula (Vardalos) as she juggles being a mother, wife, and part of her huge family. As she tries to come to terms with her 17 year old daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris), leaving for college, she must also keep the romance alive with her husband Ian (John Corbett), and with her parents’ marriage and the rest of her family needing her, she feels the need to be a fixer, as mothers often do. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (which will henceforth be called MBFGW2 – it’s a mouthful) presents a lot of ideas about motherhood, letting go, and what parents do after their children grow up. It’s about marriage, about the changing need for women to get married and the roles of two people in a marriage. And it’s also about family: as Paris deals with her family constantly causing chaos around her, she learns what it means to be Greek, and to be surrounded by people who love you and are always willing to help you out.
As well as familial love, the movie is also full of romance: Toula and Ian are still as gorgeous together as ever, as they try to be more romantic and spontaneous with each other. Costa and Maria (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan) are so sweet as they remember to why they were married in the first place, and Paris and her high school crush Bennett (Alex Wolff) remind us of the rushing feelings of high school love, and the joy of finding someone who understands you. MBFGW2 had me in tears for most of the movie, particularly in one montage scene set to John Legend’s All of Me, and the film effectively captured the sweet romance of the first movie, yet in a refreshing new way.
And, like the first movie, MBFGW2 is incredibly funny and relatable. From helping your parents with the computer to lifting them out of the bathtub, the film is so specifically Greek yet so utterly relatable for all families. New characters like Bennett, George and Anna (John Stamos and Rita Wilson) add some new Greek fun into the mix, and Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) is outrageous and odd as always. The film also further explores the Portokalos family’s relationship with their suburban neighbours, and their clashes remind us that all families are dysfunctional in their own ways, and that that can actually be kind of fun sometimes.
As a much anticipated sequel to a much loved original film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 recaptures the loving feeling of the first movie. With references to the old film but also new jokes, lovable new characters and some very sweet moments, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is more fun than you can spray some Windex at, and the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a while.
And here’s my list of the top five films/TV shows starring the cast of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:
- My Life In Ruins – Nia Vardalos
- I Hate Valentines Day – Nia Vardalos and John Corbett
- Full House – John Stamos
- Modern Family – Andrea Martin and Lainie Kazan
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (obviously!) – most of the cast