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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.



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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 USA:

$7,591,663, 28 April 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,784,432, 30 June 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton appeared in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Marvin's Room (1996). See more »


When Lila faints, the crash mat is reflected in the window. See more »


Alejandro: My mom is Jbuddist, which is Jewish slash Buddhist, and my father thinks that organized religion is for...
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Featured in Showreel: Where No Man Has Gone Before (2013) See more »


Gently Down the Stream
Written and Performed by Christine Ebersole
Arranged and Conducted by John Oddo
Published by Staunch Entertainment (ASCAP)
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Great Cast but Watered Down Screenplay
26 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

The Big Wedding (2013)

** (out of 4)

An all-star cast does what they can for this romantic comedy but sadly it's not nearly enough. Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton play a former married couple who finds their adopted son about to be married. The only problem is that his real mother is very strict and wouldn't approve of his in-laws not being married so the two plan to pretend that they're still married, which causes trouble with the father's girlfriend (Susan Sarandon). THE BIG WEDDING features not only those three Oscar-winners but we've also got Robin Williams playing a priest and the supporting cast includes the likes of Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. With that cast it seems like we'd have something special here but that's not the case because the screenplay is just too silly, tame and boring for it to work. I love the cast and they helped keep me interested in the movie but they simply don't have anything to work with, which then begs the question as to why they agreed to be in it. The problem is that the screenplay gives us so many "stories" going on and none of them are all that interesting. You have love triangles, pregnancy issues, virgin issues, speaking issues and countless other family issues and none of them are funny. You have jokes aimed at Catholics and various sex jokes but these to are unfunny. The film tries to be somewhat raunchy but even these jokes are just too tame to work and especially in this current state of raunchy comedies. There are a few funny moments throughout and it's usually the cast member's charm that is making it. The cast members do what they can but no one here is delivering Oscar-worthy performances. Seeing DeNiro, Keaton and Sarandon acting together is fun but one really wishes the material had been better. Heigl adds nothing to the film and even Seyfried and Grace are pretty much given nothing to do but stand in the background. THE BIG WEDDING has a big cast but very little else. At best this is for fans of the cast members but even them will just want to save this for a very cheap ticket or a free rental.

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