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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Review

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Review
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C- Director: Kirk Jones Written by: Nia Vardalos Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 3/21/16 Opens: March 25, 2016 This movie is so sit-comish like that I wondered why the background music is Greek rather than the usual elevator scores that we hear on equally banal comedies like “Two Broke Girls.” A major segment, particularly in the first hour, is so embarrassing that I felt like crawling under my seat, with “humor” so ethnic that I felt like watching thirty hours [ Read More ]

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Interviews: Flashback to Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

Chicago – The second biggest release of the 2016 Easter Weekend is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” The sequel to the 2002 mega-hit, the film rolls out the same weekend as a certain “Bats v Supes,” but is a bit quieter – and more Greek – than its weekend neighbors. In anticipation of the new “Wedding,” HollywoodChicago.com reruns a couple interviews from featured stars Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan.

Nia Vardalos, Actress & Screenwriter, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Nia Vardalos story began with the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002). She was doing a one woman show version of the story, when Rita Wilson – wife of Tom Hanks, and a Greek actress herself – came backstage and told Vardalos that it would make a great film. With that, Vardalos gave Wilson the already completed screenplay, and the rest is film history. Since then, Nia Vardalos has written and starred in several films,
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Big, Noisy, Greek…and Obvious

I’m not sure anyone was waiting for, let alone demanding, a sequel to the surprise sleeper of 2002, but it’s here just the same, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 may well please its intended audience. But like many sequels, the spark of the original film can’t be reignited so easily. Writer and star Nia Vardalos is as likable as ever. The same can be said for most of the supporting cast, but under Kirk Jones’ direction everyone mugs shamelessly, as if playing to an audience in the second balcony instead of inhabiting a giant movie screen. Subtlety has no place here. Vardalos’ eager-to-please character is still anchored to her boisterous Greek family…but now she’s married to...

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Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This is the Pure Movies review of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, directed by Kirk Jones and starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff and Louis Mandylor. It’s hard to believe a whopping fourteen years have passed since we last saw the overwhelmingly loud and funny Greek-American family on our screens. The characters of 2002 have since got older, but the humour they deliver hasn’t weakened. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 focuses on Toula (Nia Vardalos) mothering a rebellious teenage daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) and nursing her marriage with Ian (John Corbett), which has since been lacking its original spark. The not-so-dominant father figure is still endearingly irritating – insistent on the greatness of Greece, as well as the greatness of Windex. What faces the family now is a new dilemma surrounding Toula’s parents and their marriage (or lack
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Review

Okay film fans, are you all set for the big sequel storming the multiplex this weekend. No, not that one, the one with the caped combatants. Instead of spandex think….Windex. This is the follow-up that most movie-goers of a…ahem…certain age have been clamoring for since the original shocked and stunned Hollywood fourteen (gasp!) years ago. That’s because this lil’ flick with no big marquee stars, which cost a paltry five million, went on to gross just under a quarter of a billion bucks. So what took em’ so long, you may ask. Well, there was a TV show in 2003 that CBS canned after just seven episodes. Tis’ a distant memory, one that will be erased when the whole gang is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. So pass the ouzo! Opa!

Once again, good ole’ Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) is driving off to open
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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: 10 Things To Know From The Cast

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It’s taken fourteen years for a follow up to the beloved My Big Fat Greek Wedding to hit theaters and the wait is finally over. The sequel to the low budget smash features all the original film’s outlandish yet easy to adore characters and retains the heart that so many connected to the first time around.

Directed by Kirk Jones, the comedy reunites us with Toula (Nia Vardalos), Ian (John Corbett) and the entire Portokalos family, who must come together for an even bigger wedding. The stars give us insight into their return with ten things to know about the highly awaited film.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Review: Nia Vardalos And Gang Are Back, But Does This Family Shtick Still Work?

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Review: Nia Vardalos And Gang Are Back, But Does This Family Shtick Still Work?
When the first movie makes $245 million in the U.S. alone, it’s only natural to expect a sequel. But it’s been 14 long years between 2002’s certified smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its follow-up. What has changed in the meantime? Apparently not much as My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 from writer-star Nia Vardalos offers more of the same and has reunited virtually the same cast, subbing the original director Joel Zwick for Kirk Jones. As I say in my video review (click the…
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review

Like an uninvited relative who barges in unannounced, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is back for a second helping of helicopter parenting, familial bonding and Mana-Yiayia’s legendary Spanakopita. You all asked for this decade-plus reboot to happen, right? I must have missed the “Bring Back Toula” petitions, because without a ravenous fanbase, a fourteen-year-old romantic sequel seems like a risky play – even by today’s Hollywood standards. And, as feared, Kirk Jones’ Hallmark-y, meant-for-Netflix continuation struggles to justify its existence beyond a criminally underused John Stamos cameo.

It’s not the worst date-night experience, it’s just disappointingly far from the best. Insufferably tolerable, if you will. Yes, those are two words that nullify each other’s existence, defining the blandest, most forgettable cinematic purgatory imaginable.

Sounds about right.

Nia Vardalos returns as writer and star, Toula, along with her non-Greek, but now more accepted husband, Ian (John Corbett). Their daughter,
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Why The World Needs My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, According To The Director

It.s very easy to dismiss popcorn friendly movies. But just because these easy-watching films and their shiny wholesome production values and content avoid controversial topics doesn.t mean that they have any less value or worth that their darker, more serious rivals. At least according to Kirk Jones, the director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, who thinks the world needs more movies like this. When I recently had the opportunity to attend the press conference for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Kirk Jones looked to explain why there is a place for such feel-good romantic comedies in the cinematic landscape. Everyone at this table is a huge fan of making movies that make you feel good, make you laugh, make you cry every now and again. The dark stuff is out there. And we all enjoy watching that every now and again. But there is absolutely
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 movie review: prearranged marriage

There is genuine if exasperated warmth here, but it is far less satisfyingly bound up into a cohesive story in this halfhearted retread of the original film. I’m “biast” (pro): liked the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I recently rewatched the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which I enjoyed back in the day but had not seen since it was new in 2002. And it holds up well: it’s not perfect, and it’s a bit too heavy on the ethnic humor and sitcom schtick, but at its core there is a sweet story about a young woman coming out of her shell and finding herself in a way that her loving but overbearing family hadn’t allowed her to do before. That’s not the sort of story we often see in mainstream Hollywood films,
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Film Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

Film Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’
Making a sequel to one of the biggest sleeper hits of all time is a tall order, and scribe-star Nia Vardalos let 14 years pass before revisiting her breakout success with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Whether or not audiences feel like it was worth the wait will depend heavily on how much they’re up for a family reunion: Literally the entire major cast returns in this simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished follow-up. Every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive, “Wedding” redux will unquestionably fall short of the original’s massive $241 million domestic gross. But the curiosity of a presumably still-loyal fan base should at least allow for a respectable honeymoon period opposite “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” before this Universal release settles into its natural habitat as cable-tv filler.

Critics didn’t exactly flip for Vardalos’ feature length ethnic joke-cum-romantic comedy when it first opened,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ With Nia Vardalos

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the comedy sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” which opens on March 25, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Michael Constantine, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides and Elena Kampouris from director Kirk Jones and writer Nia Vardalos.

To win your free passes to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone.
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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Premiere Brings the Whole Family Back Together

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Premiere Brings the Whole Family Back Together
Nearly 14 years after the original surprised the box office in 2002, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” premiered Tuesday evening in New York at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square — and the extended Portokalos-Miller family buzzed with anticipation to watch, laugh and celebrate.

Before the screening, cast members and creators arrived for the premiere, among them Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who are producers on the original and the sequel. But this time around, Wilson also has an acting credit (we meet her at church with her husband, played by John Stamos), and she performs a song in the closing credits called “Even More Mine,” which she co-wrote with Nathan Chapman and Darrell Brown.

As veteran romantic comedy actors, Hanks and Wilson shared their thoughts on the genre. “I don’t think [rom-coms] work unless they accurately reflect behavior that people recognize,” Hanks said, adding that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” juxtaposes humor with relatable challenges,
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening To My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 In St. Louis

Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time.

Written by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Waking Ned Devine) directs the next chapter of the film that will be once again produced by Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

The film opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on Monday, March 21 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 gets four new character posters

The U.S. record holder for the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is getting a sequel later this month, and in anticipation of the film’s release, four new character poster for the film have been unveiled.

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Featured on the posters are such returning characters as Nia Vardalos’s Toula, John Corbett’s Ian and Andrea Martin’s Aunt Voula; Elena Kampouris, a newcomer to the series, is also shown on one of the posters as Paris, the daughter of Toula and Ian. See all of the one-sheets here…

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is the only major release brave enough to go against the mega-blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th. Opening a lower budget comedy against a massive film worked surprisingly well for Universal when
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Italian Producer Aurelio De Laurentiis Bows ‘The Big Score’ in L.A., Announces U.S. Plans (Exclusive)

Rome — Italian producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, nephew of late great movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis, is taking his cue from the U.S. preem today of his Italo laffer “The Big Score” to announce his first foray into the international TV arena with serial killer thriller “I Kill” and plans to also get back into the English-language film biz.

“The Big Score,” which bows during the Los Angeles-Italia fest today (Monday, Feb. 22) at the Hollywood and Highland Center, is a caper film starring Italian A-listers Carlo Verdone and Antonio Albanese. Pic revolves around a private investigator, a client who hires him to obtain proof that his wife is a cheat, and a suitcase full of cash. De Laurentiis sees it as ripe for a U.S. remake.

That aside, the prominent Italian industryite, who branched out from movies into sports more than a decade ago by purchasing the Ssc Napoli soccer club,
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Italian Producer Aurelio De Laurentiis Bows ‘The Big Score’ in L.A., Announces U.S. Plans (Exclusive)

Rome — Italian producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, nephew of late great movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis, is taking his cue from the U.S. preem today of his Italo laffer “The Big Score” to announce his first foray into the international TV arena with serial killer thriller “I Kill” and plans to also get back into the English-language film biz.

“The Big Score,” which bows during the Los Angeles-Italia fest today (Monday, Feb. 22) at the Hollywood and Highland Center, is a caper film starring Italian A-listers Carlo Verdone and Antonio Albanese. Pic revolves around a private investigator, a client who hires him to obtain proof that his wife is a cheat, and a suitcase full of cash. De Laurentiis sees it as ripe for a U.S. remake.

That aside, the prominent Italian industryite, who branched out from movies into sports more than a decade ago by purchasing the Ssc Napoli soccer club,
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Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’
The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent porn. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is elegantly shot and sometimes engaging. However, helmer Zhang Meng trips over himself in an attempt to please senior audiences, offering heartwarming but simplistic closures that hardly ring true. The pic could, however, suit the viewing taste of some Japanese audiences.

Resembling a continental take on “Tokyo Story” starring Marcello Mastroianni, Tornatore’s “Everybody’s Fine” took stock of the disappointments of adulthood, frayed family ties and Italy’s social changes; a same-titled 2009 Hollywood remake was co-written by Tornatore and helmed by Kirk Jones, and starred Robert De Niro. Although the new film’s screenplay (by Liu Ya and
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Poster Teases A Bright And Breezy Matrimonial Romp

It seems as though every cult comedy of yesteryear is making a comeback in some form, whether it’s a TV offshoot or full feature-length movie in the vein of Zoolander 2. One of those forgotten gems is Joel Zwick’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

First released in 2002, the comedy flick introduced us to the Portokalos family in all of their weird and wacky glory, and now Universal is getting the gang back together for a bona fide reunion. If last month’s debutant trailer showcased a bigger, fatter and even more outrageous ceremony, then today’s poster for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 teases the return of a cultural phenomenon.

Kirk Jones of Nanny McPhee fame is behind the lens for this one, which will largely orbit around the character of Toula (Nia Vardalos) coming to terms with her prized daughter making a life for herself in Paris.
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Movie Trailer: The Portakolos Family Is Back

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Trailer. Kirk JonesMy Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) movie trailer stars Nia Vardolos, John Stamos and Mark Margolis. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2‘s plot synopsis: “After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with […]
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