Sexcapades And Catholic Guilt
This multi-generational farce features the likes of Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl as a dysfunctional family who collectively decide to tell some little white lies on their youngest son’s wedding day. Like an epic episode of Three’s Company, the clumsy façade of a perfect family all comes tumbling down.
3 Stars: Perfect for romantic comedy lovers
Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is the adopted son of Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton). Though he’s grown up in the States with them, he's reconnected with his Colombian birth mother, Madonna (Patricia Rae), a devout Catholic who’s planning to attend Alejandro’s wedding to Missy (Amanda Seyfried).
Wanting to honor his Catholic heritage, Alejandro and Missy go for pre-nuptial counseling with Father Moinighan (Robin Williams), only to discover that the liberal Catholicism in America doesn’t exactly hold up when examined through a Latin American lens. For instance, Alejandro’s parents Don and Ellie are divorced and Don is shacked up with Bebe (Susan Sarandon), Ellie’s former best friend.
In order not to disappoint his religious mother, Alejandro asks if his mom and dad could just “pretend” to be married for the weekend. Could it really be so difficult?
Of course this charade causes a heck of lot more problems than it solves, particularly when Don and Ellie are forced to share a bed together. Long-held secrets are exposed, feelings are trampled on and faces get punched — and that’s all before the actual wedding.
The love triangle between DeNiro, Keaton and Sarandon makes for a very good time. Keaton boasts about a dubious nine-hour orgasm, much to the chagrin of her adult children. DeNiro is witty and lighthearted while Sarandon truly lights up the screen. She gets even lovelier with age and the camera adores her.
While there's nothing new in this formulaic rom-com, the laughs are well deserved and Robin Williams helps create the most hilarious confessional ever put on screen.
Bottom line: The Big Wedding is light on story and heavy on farce — everyone is bed-hopping in this film, but the scenarios are laugh-out-loud funny and sure to provide a good time at the cinema.
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