• by Wes Singleton

Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, C

Rated PG-13, 94 minutes

The unnecessary comedy sequel "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" is as nutty and pleasant as a big piece of baklava, even if it pulls few, if any, surprises since the hugely popular 2002 hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." After spending most of their time on her crazy, big Greek family and their teenage daughter, who will be heading off to college soon, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbitt) are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding - this time, even bigger and fatter. While Toula and Ian try to settle their marital problems, a secret from her family's past is revealed. Directed by Kirk Jones ("Everybody's Fine") and written by Vardalos, the amiable "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" is peppered with some genuinely funny and sweet moments, though it expounds little from the original film and seems a thin way to gather the gang together again. Speaking of which, Vardalos, Corbitt and the entire cast from the first film reprise their roles, including Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan as Toula's parents, who help shepherd the large Greek family that eats, fights and hugs it out in the end. "Greek Wedding 2" is much like a "special episode" of one of your favorite sitcoms that ties everything neatly with a bow at the end, you're bound to laugh and cry at a few scattered moments (and as the even crazier aunt, Andrea Martin steals most of her scenes, including a description of her wedding night that'll make you blush); ironically, the original film did inspire a short-lived sitcom that failed to capture any of the magic of the movie. Much like that first film, "Greek Wedding 2" isn't really much but a string of comedic episodes wrapped around a bunch of stereotypes, except how Vardalos' script tends to stretch the limits of believability and time (the movie was 14 years ago but how do they have a 17-year old?), and the movie's central premise seems a moot point. As part of the large cast, watch for co-producer Rita Wilson along with John Stamos, as well as Vardalos' real-life husband Ian Gomez as Ian's cop friend. Sit down and pull up a chair, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" has enough fun you'll leave with a smile on your face, but you'll be hard pressed to remember much of it a day or two later.

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