It has been 14 years since one of my favourite movies – My Big Fat Greek Wedding – was released in cinemas across Australia. 14 years!!! Where has the time gone? That would mean I was …damn, I don’t want to think about how old I was 😦 Regardless, I was really happy when I found out there would be a sequel. Who wouldn’t? The first movie was a big hit, everyone loved it.
Do you remember the last scene of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? When Toula, Ian and their young daughter left their home and walk down the sidewalk together. Right past their neighbour’s house, which just happened to be Toula’s parents. Toula’s father Gus was washing his car in the driveway and Toula was talking to Paris about Greek school. It was such a cute ending. But what happened next? Well, that was left up to our own imaginations, wasn’t it?!:) But many of us still wondered and hoped for more.
It took 14 years, but we finally got our answers. In My Big Fat Greek wedding 2, Toula and Ian are faced with a head strong daughter who wishes not only move out of home, but to move to a college campus hundreds of kilometres away. Paris feels that her parents are over protective and a touch smothering. Ironically enough, she feels the same way her mother did when she was her age. I actually laughed out loud when Gus, Toula’s father, coughed out the word “payback”. Toula is upset that her daughter wants to leave her, even if that means her and Ian can put a bit of spice back into their relationship.
But the drama doesn’t stop there. While coming to terms with Paris’s independence and need to stand on her own two feet, the family finds out that Toula’s parents, Gus and Maria, are not married. As it turns out, the priest never signed their marriage licence before they moved away from Greece, to start their new life together in the U.S. But, lets just say that Gus being “the head of the house” and all, thinks he can quickly solve the problem. But Maria has other plans.
So you have Toula and Ian wanting some “alone time”, Paris wants her independence, Toulas doesn’t want her daughter to move away, Gus and Maria have been living a life of sin 😉 and well let’s just say that watching all the family back together again puts a whole new spin on dysfunctional family 🙂 Gus is still as hilarious as he was in the first movie, spraying Windex on every ailment and claiming that every word has greek origins. Hilarious Aunt Voula hasn’t discovered any more twins …but like the first movie, she still gloriously steals the scenes.
Is this movie funnier than the first? I didn’t think so. I don’t think it’s worse either. This sequel has all the same pleasing elements as the original, and not much more than that. I enjoyed it, and when it comes out on DVD I will purchase a copy. Do I see any awards on the horizon? No, but that’s ok. The movie isn’t meant for the record books, the producers won’t be lining up for an oscar, and I am sure you will be ok with that as well.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is playing in cinemas across Australia. Go and check it out, and let me know what you thought of it.
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