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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
This little cream puff might not appeal to the masses, but it certainly will appeal to some.
The reunion starts as Toula (Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the screenplay) is being driven by her father (Michael Constantine, still with the best brown puppy dog eyes in the business) in the family carpool. We get to catch up with the gang: Toula and Ian’s daughter is now a surly teen on her way to college, brothers Nick and Angelo live right down the street, Mana-Yiayla is still hanging in there, almost silently. The group still moves like an amoeba, everybody squirming and squishing, always together. There’s not a whole lot going on besides that, give or take an excuse for another wedding, but this is not really a movie about action. It’s more about reaction: how one family handles (and maybe mishandles) the stuff of life.
Yes, there are quite a few close to cringy moments, but there are also some rather nice bits. Not a whole lot of attention is given in big, commerical film these days to lead characters who are 1. Women, 2. Middle aged and 3. Caught in the sandwich of parenting the parents as well as the children. But there are, of course, a whole lot of movie goers who are one, if not all, of the above and who will appreciate seeing something so recognizable, with sweet solutions, on the screen. And the appealing cast slips so comfortably into their old roles, with such a sense of fun, it’s hard not to root them past the slim script and overstuffed jokes. During the less involving moments, I had plenty of time to appreciate John Corbett’s unfailing appeal, plus wish for someone to cast Nia Vardalos as Tina Fey’s sister in something. But, of course, attention must be paid whenever Andrea Martin gets a hold of the camera. Even though her riotously familiar Aunt Voula is given short shrift in the story line, Martin makes sure every meddling moment is played to big fat perfection.