by Sandra Kraisirideja
In a clear act of counter programming against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett return in the long-awaited sequel appropriately called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Actually, the entire cast is back and Vardalos once again wrote the script. She does a satisfactory job, staying within her comfort zone and refraining from trying to make the movie something more than a middle-of-the-road comedy.
Honestly, would there be a sequel if My Big Fat Greek Wedding hadn’t been such a runaway hit back in 2002? The film cost an estimated $5 million to make and grossed over $350 million worldwide. There was a short-lived TV series in 2003 that included some of the original cast and a sequel was inevitable. Thankfully Vardalos chose to wait until she found the right story to tell.
This time around the wedding in the title refers to Toula’s (Vardalos) parents, who discover they were never officially married because the priest never signed the marriage certificate. While her parents sort things out, Toula and Ian (Corbett) must face the fact that their only daughter will be going away to college soon.
British director Kirk Jones does a fine job and seems content to keep things simple.
Andrea Martin, who returns as Aunt Voula, gets a bit more to do in the sequel and she steals every scene she is in. Her character could have its own TV show.
Just like the first film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ends on a happy note and all is resolved. This is a good movie to watch with different age groups. There are some genuinely funny moments and it is a delight to step into the Portokalos universe again.