THE BIG WEDDING
Overdone and Too Unbelievable
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Starring: Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro,
Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace,
Katherine Heigl, Robin
Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Ben
Barnes, Patricia Rae, Ana
Ayora, Christine Ebersol,
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Justin Zackham
Executive Producer: Thierry Spicher, Philippe
Martin, Michael Paseornek,
Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan,
Avy Lerner, Danny Dimbort,
Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson,
Producer: Clay Pecorin, Harry J. Ufland,
Justin Zackham, Richard
Salvatore, Anthony Katagas
Writer: Justin Zackham
Address Comments To:
Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
(PaPa, CC, B, Ho, H, Ab, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with strong pagan content/viewpoint regarding sex, but Catholic priest offers some positive perspective to some of the characters, and, though his character is set in a comical context overall, he’s a generally positive character, though a bit of a bystander in the mixed-up lives of the other characters, plus older married lady admits in one scene she has lesbian escapades with other women, and she and her husband have an “open marriage” where she allows him to have his own affairs with women, and one character staunchly remains atheist in the presence of Catholic priest, but he eventually lets priest marry him at the end; 41 obscenities (including 12 or more “f” words), two strong profanities, 15 light profanities (including a couple blasphemies), man says “Thank Christ!,” pregnant woman accidentally vomits on estranged father; light comic violence such as one middle-aged man keeps angering other people, and he gets punched in the face a few times, man knocked over by woman’s knees, people accidentally fall into large pond; strong sexual content and humor includes oral sex comically interrupted, sounds of fornication and adultery in two scenes and people shown in bed after, young woman takes off all her clothes to jump into pond for a swim in front of several men, young woman puts her hands down young man’s pants under dinner table, mother of bride indicates she has had some lesbian extramarital affairs, and she lets her husband have some too, and some crude sex talk, including talk about past incidents, including woman admits she slept with married man when she was married previously; upper and rear female nudity when woman takes off all her clothes to go swimming and upper male nudity; alcohol use and man appears to be drunk; no smoking or drugs; and, man asks other people to hide truth from his biological mother, dysfunctional families, young pregnant married woman has had an argument with her husband, and she’s too proud to call him, cheating and when groom says he and bride are going to let their children decide for themselves what religion to believe or not, priest jokes that man probably is going to Hell.
THE BIG WEDDING is a bedroom farce as well as a comedy about a wedding, where the groom’s divorced adopted parents have to pretend to still be married for his biological mother from Columbia, who’s a staunch Catholic. Despite some positive elements regarding a Catholic priest, THE BIG WEDDING contains strong sexual humor and a fair amount of foul language, most viewers will find it too offensive.
THE BIG WEDDING is a lewd sex farce, but it does have a Catholic priest character, who sometimes comments on the crazy sinfulness around him and even imparts some positive advice that a couple people or so take to heart. There’s just too much crude content and immoral behavior otherwise, however.
The movie opens with Ellie, the ex-wife of Donald, arriving at their former house, where the wedding of their adopted son, Alejandro, will be held. It’s quickly established that Ellie and Donald divorced after Ellie caught him with her best friend, Bebe. They’ve remained friends, however, because the marriage was on the rocks at the time anyway. It also didn’t hurt the relationship that Ellie and Donald have two biological children, Lyla and Jared, whom they also both love.
Things get really crazy when Alejandro informs everyone that his biological mother, who’s coming from Columbia to the wedding, doesn’t know Ellie and Donald divorced. She’s also a staunch, traditional Catholic. So, he asks everyone to pretend Ellie and Donald are still married.
There are other comical subplots in THE BIG WEDDING that add to this setup. For example, Jared finds himself immediately attracted to Alejandro’s beautiful estranged sister from Columbia. The only problem is that he’s vowed to remain chaste until he gets married. Will he break his vow? Another subplot is that the daughter, Lyla, has just had a terribly verbal fight with her own husband, but she’s just found out she’s pregnant. Can this couple heal their wounds?
The audience was laughing pretty hard at the sexual misadventures in this bedroom farce. However, one viewer thought THE BIG WEDDING lost a little steam in the second half. Helping things run smoothly, though, is a talented cast of veteran stars, including Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, and Topher Grace.
The good news about THE BIG WEDDING is that the filmmakers portray the Catholic priest as one of the more sane characters in the movie. Though he has some funny comic lines, the priest offers a couple good pieces of advice. Also, a comment of his about the varieties of love helps bring the dysfunctional families together in THE BIG WEDDING. Finally, the movie never mocks the biological mother’s Catholic faith. It’s just mined for some comedy contrasting her strong traditional moral character with the crazy antics of her son’s adopted American family.
That said, THE BIG WEDDING contains strong sexual humor and a fair amount of foul language. This content is excessive, so the movie ends up being unacceptable. The broad media-wise audience will find the comic antics in THE BIG WEDDING too offensive and upsetting. It’s also a bit overdone and unbelievable, but some comedies are supposed to be silly. THE BIG WEDDING may be one of them.
THE BIG WEDDING is a bedroom farce comedy about a wedding. The movie opens with Ellie, the ex-wife of Donald, arriving at their former house, where the wedding of their adopted son, Alejandro, will be held. Donald is now with Bebe, Elli’s best friend. Ellie and Donald have two other, biological children. Things get really crazy when Alejandro informs everyone that his biological mother, who’s coming from Columbia, doesn’t know Ellie and Donald divorced. She’s also a staunch Catholic. So, he asks everyone to pretend Ellie and Donald are still married.
The audience was laughing pretty hard at the lewd misadventures in this bedroom farce. However, one viewer thought THE BIG WEDDING lost a little steam in the second half. Helping things run smoothly, though, are some veteran stars, including Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro, and Diane Keaton. The good news is that the filmmakers portray a Catholic priest as one of the more sane characters. That said, the movie contains strong sexual humor and a fair amount of foul language. This content is excessive, so THE BIG WEDDING is unacceptable.