Opa! The Portokalos family is back and louder than ever with a sequel to the 2002 hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. While not as fresh and clever as the first, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 still offers plenty of laughs and fun for true fans of the first film. The real stars of the show Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan, as it’s more about them this time around.
Toula (Nia Vardalos) is still living right next door to her parents, Maria (Kazan) and Gus (Constantine), with her husband Ian (John Corbett) and now almost high school graduate daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris). Paris is in the same boat as her mother was and is completely embarrassed by her loud, Greek family. She is starting to apply for colleges and plans on going as far away as possible.
Meanwhile, Gus is going through some old papers in order to prove that he is a descendant of Alexander the Great, and finds that the priest never signed the wedding license stating that him and Maria are married. He first breaks the news to Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) and her husband, and the two of them are completely shocked. They believe Maria is going to be torn apart by this news. However, she finds it extremely funny and will only marry Gus again if he proposes to her properly this time around.
Gus is stubborn and thinks Maria is being foolish with the whole proposal thing, so the two of them have a giant fight. This goes on for quite some time until a change of events and heart leaves Gus begging for Maria to marry him. Maria agrees to it and tells Toula that if she is getting married again, it’s going to be done right. Hence, another, big, fat, Greek wedding.
While all of the wedding planning is going on, Paris is trying to decide on where to go for college, while Gus is trying to find her a nice, Greek boy for her to marry and have babies with. It’s driving Paris nuts, meaning she may pick New York City over Chicago for college.
The chemistry between Nia Vardalos and John Corbett is still present, but it’s not as strong and fresh as it was the first time around. At times, Nia Vardalos seems to overdue it in the acting department, but she is still fun to watch. The real stars of the show are the hilarious Lainie Kazan & Michael Constantine, who still have that Greek bite in them. Add in Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula (more sexual this time around), and you’ll have a good time!
Nia Vardalos also wrote the screenplay for this sequel, and it has it’s moments of choppiness and over-the-top-ness. For example, when the WHOLE family ends up going to Paris’s college fair, it goes on forever, and some of the humanity from the first film is lost in caricatures. The direction by Kirk Jones (What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Nanny McPhee) is solid, but nothing amazing.
Overall, I say My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a fun time with some great laughs. Just don’t expect it to be as sharp and well written as the first film. Rated PG-13.