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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My big fat greek wedding 2 posterPeople Change.  Greeks Don’t.

It’s been 14 years since we first bet the most lovable, hectic, and crazy Greek family, the Portokalos’.  Now Toula and her husband Ian are struggling to find-time for each other; being constantly surrounded by her over-bearing family or taking on too many tasks.  Their daughter Paris is reaching that pivotal moment in life, where one must decide where to start their future.  While all of this is going on, a technicality proves that Toula’s parents, Kostas and Maria, are not legally married.  Maria wants to be proposed to, but “Gus” doesn’t deem it necessary.  The Family begins to fall-apart, as other secrets soon manifest themselves.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” brings-about many struggles of everyday life, complicating even the most minor details.  But once again, Toula is there to pick-up the pieces, only then realizing the strain it’s causing on her own family.

Nia Vardalos returns as the central figure, Toula Portokalos-Miller.  John Corbett reprises his role as her husband and the principal at their daughter’s school, Ian Miller.  Elena Kampouris plays Toula and Ian’s daughter, Paris.  Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine return as Toula’s lovable albeit “helicopter” parents, Maria and Gus.  Andrea Martin is back as Toula’s wise aunt, Voula.  Ian Gomez (Nia’s real-life husband) returns to play Ian’s friend, Mike.  Gerry Mendicino reprises his role as Voula’s husband, Taki.  Joey Fatone and Gia Carides reprise their roles as Taki and Voula’s children, Angelo and Nikki.  John Stamos and Rita Wilson plays a new friendly couple that goes to their church, George and Anna.  Louis Mandylor returns as Toula’s brother, Nick.  Alex Wolff plays Paris’ date to Prom, Bennett.  Bess Meisler plays the eldest Portokalos, Mana-Yiayia.  Mark Margolis and Rob Riggle have minor roles as well.

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” captivated audiences (both male and female) when it was released in 2002, and while some of it has been lost, the magic is definitely still there!  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” continues to capitalize on all of the hilarious clichés and culture references that the fine Greeks have offered us.  Fans of the original will be happy to see that the Windex bottles are back in-full force!  While the film has plenty of jokes, there are also many story points which will allow moviegoers to connect-with and form a deeper bond with the film; those being marital issues, over-bearing families, and the beauty of beginning adulthood.  With those real-life elements combined with the humorous and lovable Portokalos’, and you have yourself a story!  Not all of the film is entertaining though.  Many of the jokes feel recycled and over-the-top.  Not to mention the head-scratching inclusion of Stamos and Wilson, as they barely serve any need to the film.  However, the film’s climax is brought-together extremely well and is a very artful and impressive sequence; spanning across multiple generations all-at-once!  The film may not bring anything new, but fans of the original and all Greek relatives will find plenty to enjoy and connect-to.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” has a run time of 94 minutes and only occasionally drags during its bloated middle segment.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is sure to make you feel a wide-range of emotions, but it just doesn’t have enough to make it to the next level.  However, if you loved the first film, there’s no reason to believe you’re not going to love this one as well!

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” reunites us with one of the most obnoxious and hilarious families we know: The Portokalos’.  The film features some of laughs, human emotion, and a story that many people (not just Greeks) can connect with.  If you are looking for a heart-warming trip to the theater this weekend or are a fan of the original film, then go see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”!

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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 is rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, in theaters Friday!

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