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The Big Wedding (2013)

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A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.



(screenplay), (motion picture "Mon frère se marie") | 1 more credit »
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Don and Ellie were once married and have two children, Lyla and Jared. They adopt a boy from Colombia, Alejandro. Eventually they would divorce, Ellie would move away and Don would hook up with Bebe, Ellie's best friend. When Alejandro is about to get married, he informs Don and Ellie that he never told his natural mother who is so traditional that they got divorced. And she is coming for the wedding so he asks them if they can pretend to still be married. Don and Ellie reluctantly agree to it and Bebe moves out who is also upset that Don doesn't want to commit. Lyla who is married is going through a rough patch in her marriage. And Jared who hasn't had much luck with women finds himself attracted to Alejandro's extremely sensual sister, Nuria. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's never too late to start acting like a family.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gently Down the Stream  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,591,663 (USA) (26 April 2013)


$21,784,432 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. See more »


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The Forgotten One
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Decline the invite to The Big Wedding.
16 August 2013 | by (Kansas City, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

If you get this invite in the mail, reject it. Reject it immediately! The Big Wedding is a big cast disappointment filled with off color jokes, juvenile sexual pratfalls, perplexing situations and relationships, ridiculous dialogue, dated material and off-putting or offensive moments. The one thing it has going for itself is its respectable cast but they are so horribly misused and abused I have no idea why a single one of them signed up for this travesty.

Robert De Niro (Cape Fear) and Diane Keaton (Father of the Bride) play divorced parents who are reuniting at a beautiful lake house for the wedding of their "brown-skinned" adoptive son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes - Dorian Gray), to a lovely blonde (Amanda Seyfried - Dear John). It is said by several characters that he is Italian because his future mother-in-law (Christine Ebersole - Black Sheep) fears brown-skinned Hispanic babies although he is supposed to be Colombian (but Barnes is actually a British actor who apparently hit the tanning beds a few times before filming the role ... not offensive at all, no?). Susan Sarandon (The Client) is the father's new girlfriend although she was at one time also their mother's best friend. The entire situation could be very awkward but the trio makes the best of it ... even as one of them walks in on the other two going at it on the kitchen counter. Yes, really.

So many of the moments in The Big Wedding had me question whether or not I was actually seeing what my eyes were (sadly) ACTUALLY seeing because the content and situations were so dreadfully bad (not to mention embarrassing to some of the actors).

Topher Grace (Take Me Home Tonight) and Katherine Heigl (The Ugly Truth) play Alejandro's two adoptive siblings -- him as a sexually-challenged doctor who is relentlessly pursued by Alejandro's "real" sister (uh -- gross but played by Ana Ayora - Marley & Me) who comes to the wedding and her as a cold who-knows-what. Her purpose is to act sour and frustrated throughout the entire movie (perhaps she was the only one who read the script and couldn't help but act this way after being contractually obligated to appearing in it).

The Big Wedding is another "wedding shocker" (think 'Game of Thrones') but for a different reason ... this one is unbelievably SHOCKINGLY bad. There isn't even a word for how bad this is. Four Oscar WINNERS in this cast (the fourth is Robin Williams playing a manic and bumbling priest) and we get this tripe?

There is honestly very little good to be said about this movie. The lake house is gorgeous. The couple chose some nice wedding colors. And ... that is just about it.

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