The Big Wedding (2013) - Review

by - January 02, 2019

Synopsis: Don and Ellie Griffin have been divorced for several years, but when their adopted son's Catholic, ultraconservative biological mother decides to attend his wedding, they are forced to pretend to be married to avoid upsetting her. The ruse creates tension and conflict within the family, and with Don's second wife, Bebe, putting the family, and wedding, in jeopardy.

It's never too late to start acting like a family.

For such a talented cast, this movie was a bit of a mess.

Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton (whom I could watch in just about anything) play Don and Ellie, a divorced couple who are forced to pretend they're still married when their adopted son Alejandro's ultra-conservative, Catholic (Ben Barnes - who seems to have been sprayed with self-tanner to appear Hispanic) biological mother and sister arrive to attend his wedding to Missy (Amanda Seyfried).

The problem is, Don has been living with Ellie's (ex?) best friend Bebe (Susan Sarandon) for the past eight years. The movie also touches upon Alejandro's adopted siblings, Topher Grace and Katherine Heigl. Grace plays Jared, a 29-year-old doctor, and virgin who is suddenly eager to lose it to Al's biological sister Nuria. Heigl is Lyla, a woman suffering from infertility and separated from her husband. She also holds some immense hostility toward Don for cheating on her mother with Bebe.

It feels as though there are too many characters and too many storylines going on and not enough movie. We don't really get to know the characters all that well before the wedding day is among us.

The storylines seem far fetched, the conflicts quickly brushed off as if nothing happened (a quick apology from Lyla's estranged husband is enough to call it water under the bridge?), and while there are a few laughs, there aren't enough to save the clunky storytelling.

Oh, and Robin Williams, who is usually a bright spot in most movies he stars in, is so woefully underused. Anyone could have probably stepped into his role and it would have been just as shrug-worthy.

Disappointing, to say the least.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams
Directed by: Justin Zackham
Rated: R
Watched: 08.30.2018
Fun Facts:
- The wedding cake for this movie was created by Carlos Bakery of the television show, Cake Boss.
- Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams are all Oscar winners.
Notable Song: Save The Last Dance for Me by Michael Buble

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