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Precious little joy is on offer about in a marriage comedy about divorced parents who must get back together for their son's big day
Weddings can often be occasions of trauma, as well as joy, and so it proves with this ensemble comedy. Well – minus the joy, that is. Adapted with tin ear and cack hands from a French farce, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton star as divorced parents of adoptive son Ben Barnes. When he gets engaged to Amanda Seyfried (again playing a bride-to-be wrangling parents), he wants his birth mother to be at the nuptials. But she's a devout Catholic, and so De Niro and Keaton must pretend to still be married, despite his having shacked up with Susan Sarandon years back (a grisly early scene involves Keaton interrupting kitchen-table oral sex). Adding insult to injury are a subplot about sibling Topher Grace's unexplained vow of premarital chastity, »
- Catherine Shoard
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to witness an all star cast caught in various compromising positions over one chaotic wedding weekend. Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton play Don and Ellie, a long-divorced couple whose adopted son (Ben Barnes) asks them to pretend to be married to keep his Catholic biological mother happy when she arrives from Colombia for his big day with Missy (Amanda Seyfried). The roguish Don has no good reason to refuse. »
Whether or not you think Catherine Martin has already won this year's Costume Design Oscar - paging pink-suited Jay Gatsby! -- the upcoming battle for Oscar nominations is hardly an easy read even if there are only four spots to sashay towards in your suit & gown finery. Costume Design is my favorite Oscar race outside of all the Actressing, not frequently for what the Academy chooses but for the breadth and depth of the competitive field each year. Here's a few questions I'm already asking myself and by extension, you. So join me in the sartorial contemplation...
Steven Noble's work on "Two Faces of January" looks just divine in stills. How's the film?
This far ahead of the nominations (only 242 days to go!) it's anyone's guess and anyone's game.
Which frequently forgotten designer will finally get the red carpet welcoming committee?
The possible answers are plentiful so let's talk four of them. »
- NATHANIEL R
The Great Gatsby has the glitz and The Big Wedding a banquet hall full of stars, but only one film has People's critic jazzed. Here's what to see, what to skip and what to seek out this weekend at the movies. See This:•The Great Gatsby:Oh look, a disco ball exploded all over the Jazz Age! Of course director Baz Luhrmann's take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic is an overstuffed, overblown mess (in 3-D, no less), but what are you gonna do - not be part of the conversation surrounding the buzziest movie of the weekend? Besides, »
- PEOPLE Movie Critic Alynda Wheat
The adaptation of the ’60s TV programme, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has been in development for some time now, and things have recently finally started falling into place.
Guy Ritchie came on board almost a year and a half ago, replacing Steven Soderbergh in the director’s chair, and things have been fairly quiet since then. But things have started to progress very nicely in recent weeks, with Tom Cruise first coming on board, swiftly followed by Armie Hammer.
Now Alicia Vikander has begun negotiations to star in the female lead, which is a new creation for Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., not appearing in the original series or its short-lived spin-off. She is set to play a British agent with a passion for cars, with Cruise playing Us agent Napoleon Solo and Hammer playing Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin.
Vikander made her English language debut last year with the Oscar-nominated Anna Karenina. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Two new films, The Big Wedding and The Way, Way Back, come at the friction of family life in different ways – but only one of them handles the generation gap with maturity
This is a detail from the poster for The Big Wedding, a family comedy that came out in the Us last Friday and is released in the UK at the end of the month (click the magnifying glass for the whole thing).
Chances are that at least two people up there are some of the stars you cherish dearest, so I'll try not to dwell, but the fact is that The Big Wedding has not gone down well in the States. It currently has a 6% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (though, on the upside, 93% of their readers still want to see it).
Its flaws are, curiously, somehow distilled on the poster. Watching it, you sense some sort of disconnect between the cast, »
- Catherine Shoard
Directed by Justin Zackham
When you have a film with a talented group led by Robert De Niro you should expect something better than so-so. That’s not the case with The Big Wedding. The film has the appeal of a Nora Ephron film and the polish of a Lifetime movie. The characters aren’t likeable or even relatable and every one of their arcs is met with clichés. I didn’t have a terrible time with it but it’s not the film you should see in theaters, only on TV when it’s playing on TNT. Also, it's a waste of talent.
- Jonathan Silva
Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain" movie, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, took first place at the domestic box office this weekend by grossing $20 million. The film cost only $26 million to make, which means it's already on track to become a hit. It has a disappointing 47% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other wide release of the weekend was "The Big Wedding" that has an all-star cast of Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Despite such an impressive cast, the film cost only $35 million. Unfortunately, it was only able to earn $7.5 million, making it difficult to become profitable domestically. "The Big Wedding" also has an incredibly low 6% fresh rating. On the specialty side, Matthew McConaughey's "Mud" landed in 11th place at the box office despite being released in only 363 theaters. It grossed $2.2 million and has an impressive 98% fresh rating. »
‘The Big Wedding’ box office: All-star ‘family comedy’ bombs (photo: Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams in ‘The Big Wedding’) Despite an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Les Misérables‘ Amanda Seyfried, this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Oscar winner Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, and Katherine Heigl, the R-rated, Justin Zackham-directed family comedy The Big Wedding opened with a disastrous $7.5m at 2,633 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Lionsgate release averaged a paltry $2,848 per screen. Expect domestic exhibitors to file for divorce in the very near future. Certainly not helping matters was the film’s critical reception. The Big Wedding has a dismal 4% approval rating and 3.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Next to that, Michael Bay »
- Zac Gille
In the final weekend before Iron Man 3 kicks off the summer movie season in earnest, Michael Bay’s R-rated action comedy Pain & Gain topped a slow weekend at the box office with $20 million from 3,277 theaters, giving it an average of $6,103 per location. The Paramount film achieved only a fraction of the opening weekend grosses of Bay’s Transformers films, but it only cost a fraction — just $26 million — of those films as well. It’s well on its way to profitability.
- Grady Smith
The title of The Big Wedding refers to the impending marriage between Alejandro (Ben Barnes), a well-to-do Harvard graduate, and Missy (Amanda Seyfried), who is his longtime friend and a young woman who comes from a wealthy, white collar background. Alejandro realizes that, in order to secure the blessing of his biological mother (Patricia Rae) – a traditional Catholic from Colombia who is literally named Madonna – he will have to fib a little about the lifestyle of his adopted parents.
Problem is, Alejandro’s adopted dad Donald (Robert De Niro) and mom Ellie (Diane Keaton) got divorced over a decade ago, and Don has since lived with his girlfriend – and Ellie’s former best friend – Bebe (Susan Sarandon). So, in an effort to keep everything running smoothly, Bebe willingly volunteers to remove herself from the picture and let ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
In the new movie The Big Wedding, Amanda Seyfried is a blushing bride and her groom, Ben Barnes, is the adopted son of a hilariously dysfunctional family. But really, who cares about the plot? The most important part of any wedding story is what kind of dress the bride is wearing when she walks down the aisle (or runs away from it).
There are almost too many amazing (and amazingly hideous) wedding dresses from pop culture, television and film to include on this list, so we narrowed it down to 30 of the most iconic, most outrageous and most beautiful gowns.
Maybe you’re a traditionalist and opt for a dreamy designer princess gown like Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl or maybe you’re more of a kick ass, modern bride like Leslie Knope on Parks & Recreation. Our list covers everything from the Diy bride to insane opulence to fantastical creations »
- Meghan O'Keefe
For all its surface amiability, The Big Wedding might be one of the more frustrating films of the year. For the most part, this star-studded comedy about zany family melodramas during one wedding weekend does exactly what you’d expect of something so disposable — it takes generic situations and handles them generically. But the likable cast, made up of so much talent, wins us over just enough to exasperate us that they don’t have more to do.Here’s the setup: Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) have three grown kids — two biological, one adopted — and they’ve been divorced for years. She’s been sowing her oats traveling around the world, while he has shacked up with Bebe (Susan Sarandon), Ellie’s best friend, with whom she’s still on good terms. Now everybody’s gathering together because Alejandro (Ben Barnes), the couple’s adopted Colombian son, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Review by Barbara Snitzer
Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions, and not just because they are a cash cow for all the meaningless businesses depicted on reality shows. Our culture inculcates the ceremony as a benchmark that will enhance our lives and our society. If it were not so important, those who have been denied the right to marry would not be fighting so hard to be allowed to. The marriage ceremony has been the subject of many movies, particularly comedies, as it is such a universal experience.
Considering these points, one would think that a comedy called The Big Wedding starring A-list and Oscar-winning actors would be a slam-dunk hit, welcomed by critics and audiences with open arms.
One would be wrong.
The Big Wedding is generating much scorn from the critics; it remains to be seen whether moviegoers will be turned off by their censure.
Why all the hate? »
- Movie Geeks
Chicago – “The Big Wedding” begins with Robert De Niro performing a particular love making maneuver on Susan Sarandon, and is caught in the act by Diane Keaton. What could have happened in a cutting-edge indie feature in 1981 is the basis of a lame bit in 2013, and so it goes for the rest of the film.
The movie is incredibly indecisive. It relishes it’s “R” rating, serving up the aforementioned carnality, as well as a dash of nudity, innuendo and crass absurdity. But at the same time, it wants to be a sentimental statement about love and extended family, and with this element it falls on its face. All of the characters blow with the wind between the two assignments, and the whole thing is a reminder of how, even with a cast of familiar movie stars, if the script stinks the movie stinks. Oddly too, Robin Williams again »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Coarse, crude but often cute, "The Big Wedding" serves up the spectacle of its title, and the bigger spectacle of four Aarp-eligible Oscar winners cursing like sailors.
A teasing sex farce littered with f-bombs and c-words, it's the filthiest (sounding) movie of the year -- so far.
Justin Zackham's adaptation of the French comedy "Mon frere se marie" benefits from old pros Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, all playing cynics conspiring or blundering into butchering the wedding of poor Missy (Amanda Seyfried) and Alejandro (Ben Barnes).
Let's face it, you don't quote Oscar Wilde to a couple who plan to wed. ("Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.")
Alejandro's the adopted Colombian son of Don (De Niro) and Ellie (Keaton). Only they're divorced.
Don, a swaggering "little blue helper"-loving sculptor, lives with Bebe (Sarandon), who cheated with him over a decade ago. »
If you're a romantic-comedy lover with a soft spot for wedding movies, then trust me - you've already seen The Big Wedding. The premise itself probably sounds familiar: when a family comes together for a wedding, hijinks ensue, people don't get along, and secrets are revealed. Even most of the cast members have played similar roles before. Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play the groom's parents, Katherine Heigl is the bitter sister, and Amanda Seyfried plays the bride. And the unoriginality doesn't stop there! If you're tempted to watch The Big Wedding, then let me advise you that you can get the same fix by watching the movies below. Their accomplishment: they each tackled elements of The Big Wedding first - but better. It's Complicated: In Nancy Meyers's comedy It's Complicated, the romance between the divorced couple played by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin feels organic and realistic. »
- Shannon Vestal
Directed by: Justin Zackham
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Plot: A former married couple (De Niro and Keaton) must pretend they are still together to impress their adopted son’s (Barnes) biological mother (Rae) when she comes into town for his wedding.
Who’S It For? Look at the names featured in this movie. “My, what a guest list!” The problem with this roster is that liking these actors is actually not a good reason to slap down dinero for De Niro et al. If you have affection for the likes of De Niro, Keaton, and Sarandon, this will be a painful experience (and some people do like movie pain). So, The Big Wedding: sadists only.
Expectations: The more people laughing on a poster, »
- Nick Allen
Plot: A dysfunctional family, which includes two divorced parents (Robert De Niro & Diane Keaton), his new girlfriend/her ex-best friend (Susan Sarandon), their two grown-up kids (Katherine Heigl & Topher Grace), and an adopted son (Ben Barnes) reunite for a family wedding. Hilarity ensues. Well, actually, no it doesn.t. Review: Sigh, I figured The Big Wedding was going to be an ordeal right from the release of the first poster, which shows the family in a so-called .jolly. »
- Chris Bumbray
Let’s face it: “The Big Wedding” was more fun when it was fat and Greek — or loud and French, in the case of this adaptation of Gallic laffer “Mon frere se marie.” Writer-director Justin Zackham awkwardly blends feel-good pablum and raunchy sex jokes with the expected nuptial ingredients: something old (just look at that cast), something new (the groom is an adopted Colombian with three moms to manage), something borrowed (Nancy Meyers called, she wants her ideas back) and something blue (handjobs at the rehearsal dinner, etc.). It’s all catnip for the easily pleased, suggesting possible sleeper success amid louder early-summer studio fare.
Skewing older than other recent R-rated wedding comedies such as “Bridesmaids” and “Bachelorette,” “The Big Wedding” all but ignores the happy couple in favor of the “bigger” sixtysomething names in its starry ensemble: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon. As in Jean-Stephane Bron’s 2007 original, »
- Peter Debruge
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