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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
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07.19.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Kirk Jones

Actors:
Nia Vardalos
John Corbett

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Toula and Ian have seemingly lost that spark that brought them together, as they now spend most of their time worrying about their daughter, Paris. Meanwhile, Toula's parents discover that, through some serious oversight, they are not actually married. This prompts another wedding and for Toula to take a second look at the relationships in her life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I've seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding one time, and that was when it hit DVD. I'm not Greek nor do I know anyone that's Greek, so I suppose a lot of it just went over my head. I remember it being a cutesy flick, and that was about it. My enthusiasm to review the Blu-ray for the sequel was . . . unparalleled, shall we say . . . but I was actually surprised to find a film that knew exactly what it was, what it was going for and how to get there!

This isn't the type of film to wow you with it gripping drama or it's twists and turns. Rather, this is that "comfort film" that's safe for the whole family. The titular Greek family is eccentric as expected and the jokes are (mostly) very staged, but for whatever reason I found myself warming up to the characters and their predicaments. To actress/writer Nia Vardalos' credit, she can also crank a joke every now and again that and I didn't see coming and it completely works.

The strength of this film, however, is not in its plot points or humor, but rather its heart. Make no mistake, this flick has a few tender moments that are made genuine thanks to the actors here. Maybe I'm just getting soft in my old age, but sometimes seeing everything come together the way you want it to warms the heart. It's not a great movie by any means, but it's an easy watch that can, on occasion, catch you by welcomed surprise.
THE EXTRAS
You might think that a film of this kind doesn't warrant a look at the special features, but much like the film itself, I was pleasantly surprised by what's in store!

Gag Reel (4:05): This is your fairly standard gag reel, but you can tell the cast is having a lot of fun with the hijinx.

My Big Fat Greek Dinner (14:34): This is a pretty ingenious featurette that gives us Nia Vardalos sitting down in the Greek restaurant from the film, just talking it up with the other cast members about their experience and what it was like to make another movie. It's here that you really can tell that they all consider each other family, and love working with each other. It certainly shows in the final product!

Making the Greekquel (11:40): This gets more into the specifics of the filmmaking process and what everyone was going for here. Director Kirk Jones, in particular, takes the material on like any other film, giving each and every scene his due thought and attention. There's certainly a little more going on behind the cameras than one might expect from a film of this type.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can't see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ending up on many cinephiles' shelves, but as far as popcorn entertainment goes, Wedding 2 delivers a fine dysfunctional family comedy. It's actually a sweet film with some real heart that's at least worth a rental to placate that one friend/family member who's not all about the Seth Rogen school of comedy. And you may just find yourself enjoying the picture too!
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