“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”: Nothing more than a family reunion


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Nia Vardalos returns to her role as Toula Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

While catchy and inclusive in its own way, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” did not live up to the first. The lovable family is exactly how you remember them, but the story line has taken an abrupt turn. Though not a total loss, it was not a total win either.

The film showcases the big and boisterous family from its original story only this time, in an odd series of events. Now it is the grandparent’s turn to marry.

Aside from the wedding, Toula’s daughter, Paris (played by Elena Kampouris), deals with the trials and tribulations of her overbearing family as she finishes her senior year of high school.

While Paris finds her family nosy, over protective, and embarrassing, the family brings on feelings of nostalgia in regards to memories of their own families. This adds a warm and welcoming feeling to the film, and the viewer feels as though this family is theirs.

For those who do not have large families and could possibly not relate to this aspect, this inclusive feeling can still be felt as the actors portraying characters in the film are so genuine that they make viewers feel as though they are a part of their family.

This feeling of inclusion makes the viewer feel what members of the family are feeling, making the film real and relatable. When her entire family showing up to college night embarrasses Paris, viewers feel her embarrassment. When Maria is disappointed because she feels as though her husband is not taking their wedding seriously, viewers feel that disappointment. There are many moments like this throughout the film and each one connects viewers to the story on a deeper level.

While this film did marvelously in capturing the viewer’s attention, it may not have lived up to its predecessor. However, most sequels don’t. The first film drew us in with the Romeo and Juliet-esque story of forbidden romance. Throw in a bold and intense family for laughs, and you had a great rom-com.

This film did not feel as dangerous as the last one did. There was no excitably nervous feeling about what would happen next. While this film brought about warm, sweet feelings, it lacked in those making us feel a rush of excitement. This film was far less romance but still comedic.

Altogether “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was charming, engaging, and provided laughs for everyone. It may not have been as good as the first but it is worth a watch with your family to bond and reminisce over your own memories together afterwards.