movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
genre: Comedy, Drama,
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: While struggling to keep her life together at learning her teenaged daughter has decided to leave town for college, a mother feeling suddenly useless, learns her own parents marriage isn't legal.
While the first movie was a great big romantic hit, about a shy woman who finally learns to come out of her shell and land the hot guy, this is trying too hard and just feels like it's trying to cover too much. Which ironically, is what its character is trying to do.
We see that the marriage is strained because this woman who in the first movie, fought for her independence from her family, is once again trying to be the glue holding everyone together. From smothering her daughter in the same fashion her parents did her, to being the one looking after her own parents needs, and taking on the responsibility of their family business.
This to me, would have worked better if it had picked one of the two main bookends here, and just worked with it. Focusing on either the strained marriage because of the kid leaving, or because of the parents' needs.
The actual wedding element in this feels rushed. Almost as if it had been tossed out and brought back in, much the same way the one character treats the whole idea. There is a little side note, where they make the great grandmother look beautiful. In the first movie, and pretty much all of this one, she's a frumpy looking widow. Then for the last scene, she's dressed more stylish then some of the younger female characters have been through out. You almost wonder if that's a set up for what is suppose to be the trilogy ender. And at this point, I think having used the great grandmother's love life as a story plot would have been a hell of a lot funnier.
what did I learn? I'll still sit through anything if John Corbett is in it