With all the family films either being an animated flick or a comic book movie, or even a blast from the past as Star Wars was.  When I was going into Greek Wedding 2 I was hoping for something I could share with my 11 year old daughter as she loves watching the first one with me.  greek4

The first Wedding was a surprise hit in 2002 and is ranked as one of the top romantic comedies of all time.  This was written and stared in by Nia Vandalos who has returned for the sequel as well as written this follow up.  We get a new director for part two in Kirk Jones who last directed What to Expect when your Expecting.  greek3

The best part of my movie going night was seeing most all of the cast has returned which is great because I loved them in the original.  Yes, they are still a Greek-American family that resides in Chicago. With the main story centering around Toula (Nia Vardalos), who was married in the first flick to Ian (John Corbett).  Ian has now moved up to principal.  greek2

The main problem that Toula has in this movie is their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) is getting ready to graduate high school and go off to college.  The sub plot of the story is Toula’s parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) find out they were never married.  

Maria is now holding out until Gus asks her to marry him, and then they have to plan the Greek Wedding.  The whole Portokalos family clan comes together for this wedding, and it is bigger than the wedding in Fat Wedding one.  You have to laugh throughout the movie with all of the family who has returned for this sequel.  Cousin Angelo (Joey Fatone), Cousin Nikki (Gia Carides), Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), Toula’s brother Nick (Louis Mandylor), and the list goes on brings back the laughs and great chemistry as they brought us in the first wedding.  greek5

Tool and Ian ’s marriage has lost some of it’s spark as marriage does from time to time, and it is fun to watch them fight to light the spark and create fireworks again.  Paris is not only ready to go off to college, but she has a hard time keeping with Greek traditions.  She as most 17 year olds are pushing the limits of her parents patience.  

I don’t think I laughed as much in this sequel as I did in the first, but I can’t wait to take my daughter and share the movie going experience with her.  I am sure my Husband (Brad) won’t like this flick as much as I did, and a lot of men probably won’t enjoy it as much as the women do. It is slow at times, but you do laugh, there is love and life struggles, and more importantly it brings back the feel from the first Wedding in 2002. 

I grade MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 an A.  I laughed, enjoyed, and left with a good feeling in my heart.  It is a great romantic comedy that can be shared with mothers and daughters more than any of these comic book flicks and animated movies can.  The plot is great and the chemistry is back and full of laughs. 

Tiffany Watts

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