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The Big Wedding 2013

With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.

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Genres Comedy
Director Justin Zackham
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
The theme of this film is that "there are different kinds of love." Alejandro (Ben Barnes) was adopted from Colombia by Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton). Alejandro is getting married to Missy (Amanda Seyfried) whose parents (David Rasche/Christine Ebersole) are embarrassing white. Don is divorced and married his mistress Bebe (Susan Sarandon). After a decade his wife and ex-wife get along very well. Robin Williams plays the priest that will preside over the ceremony. There are also two siblings. Dr. Jared (Topher Grace) is a 29 year old virgin. Lyla (Katherine Heigl) just left her husband. Just about everyone in the group has a dirty little secret that comes into play, but for the most part doesn't mesh well.

If this wasn't enough, Alejandro's biological mother (Patricia Rae) is coming up from Colombia for the wedding. She is very Catholic and considers divorce a sin. She doesn't know Don and Ellie are divorced so they will pretend they aren't (yawn). She shows up with a daughter (Ana Ayora) who has designs for Jared.

The film has great stars and a great indie style plot and characters. The secrets make for a great story. However it didn't come together. The dialouge failed to create on screen chemistry. Too much of the film seemed fake, the characters never hooked you. The humor consisted of embarrassment more than anything. Attempts to make fun of the Catholic Church were weak. It would make for a decent one night rental, but not the heart warming indie keeper we love.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. Brief sex, brief nudity (Ana Ayora).
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
The reason I say this film suffers from `false advertising' is because of the poster. If you look at the (all star) cast on there, you'll see that most of them are laughing. I find this misleading. It makes it seem as if there's at least one funny moment in this film. And there isn't. There really isn't.

Right from the word go we're treated to an `American Pie for adults' scenario which might have been funny ten years ago, but really is just cringeworthingly bad when it's with adults who supposedly should know better. And it's not just the characters that should have known better - it's the cast, too. Like I said `The Big Wedding' boasts an impressive all star cast. That begs the question why any of them would sign up for this. It simply isn't funny.

The plot is tedious, too. A couple divorce because the man finds a new woman. The new woman and ex wife get on brilliantly. If that isn't impossible enough, their son is marrying a `good catholic' who's birth mother thinks divorce is a massive sin. Therefore the original couple must pretend to be married for the duration of the wedding. That's it. And it's not funny.

The characters, as well as being unfunny, are actually pretty unlikeable. It takes some good actors to make every single character as horrible as they possibly could be. And not funny.

All in all, just avoid this film. Most people hate it (based on what I've read on other reviews and Internet message boards), but the few people that seemed to like it used words like `charming' to describe it. I guess there must be some people out there who enjoyed it after all. I noticed they never used the word `funny' though. Did I mention it's completely devoid of humour?

Shame on you Bobby DeNiro
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This film was ok but the plot was a bit confusing at time and the characters were a bit fake. If you love romantic comedies and weddings though you will enjoy this film. Also there is a bit too much happening in the film that is irrelevant I guess to use the bigger names in the film.
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Oh no, what happened to the romantic comedies recently? Have they become completely extinct? Please alert me if you come across a decent romantic comedy (I am serious!), which does not involve Robbie Williams playing a priest, Robert De Niro playing an ageing dad and Katherine Heigl tagging along with the rest of the cast of yet another "comedy" of dated jokes and clichés.

Okay, I give you my honest opinion. Compared to the truly mediocre attempt at romantic comedy such as The Knot [DVD] and/or Playing for Keeps [DVD] [2012] [2013], "The Big Wedding" isn't great, but it's not horrible, either. It's the sort of film that you can easily watch while being sick at home on a weeknight, or, like me, on a plane (and not regretting wasting your flight time on it!). Two and a half to three stars. Or maybe I am just generous with stars today.

Interestingly, if not surprisingly, Sarandon, Keaton and De Niro mesh almost organically, fully convincing as a trio of old friends, and are very watchable. As to the rest of the cast - there is simply no magic or believable chemistry between the younger actors. And once again, this film proves that no matter how many Hollywood stars you throw in production, [just] the impressive names rarely make picture work, the blue-screen magic requires a decent script, some original funny jokes (not just gross-out stereotypes like accidental throwing up and racial labels), and definitely more than just a wedding with a bunch of goofy characters thrown in.

You know what, I will go and re-watch Silver Linings Playbook [DVD]. I suggest you do the same.
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