The big, fat, overpowering, Windex spraying, baklava loving, Greek family have returned to our screens for a sequel to the 2002 romantic comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
The entire cast and crew have returned – yes, even the ancient grandma Mana-Yiayia (Bess Meisler) – to humiliate the granddaughter of the family in all her teenage activities, crushing her desire to feel normal. Sound familiar?
That’s probable because, once again, the Chicago based narrative was written by Nia Vardalos who seems to have revived most of her classic Greek stereotypes and jokes from the first film. This time it’s not Toula (Nia Vardalos) who is being suffocated by overwhelming family interference, but her teenage daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris). Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee 2009) is one of the only new faces as the film’s director but doesn’t seem to have brought anything innovative to the sequel where Toula is still working in her parents’ Greek restaurant. Her and Ian (John Corbett) experience marital issues while Toula’s parents discover they were never even officially married. You know what this means…you guessed it, another wedding. The entire family is roped in to help create another extravagant, Greek wedding.
With the same characters come the same jokes and loud, opinionated mannerisms. Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) still believes that the root of every English word derives from Greek and that his beloved Windex will solve any problem under the sun from a spot to a frozen car door handle. The forced comedy doesn’t add to the plot that already feels stretched to the max. In addition to the renewal of vowels, Gus fuels his passion for Greece by attempting to prove he is a descendant of Alexander the Great while Toula tries to convince Paris not to attend a college too far from home.
The authentic comedy and concept of crazy, Greek family life, is what producer Tom Hanks fell in love with in the first film, but it just seems to have fallen flat in this follow up. This disappointing sequel just proves that the original box office phenomenon was all that was needed to fulfill our big, fat, Greek needs.
Target publication: The Guardian – their Culture section includes short film reviews. They provide the reader with information about the plot as well as being brutally honest about disappointing elements of the film.
Target audience: my target audience is those people who have seen the prequel. The film doesn’t make much sense unless you have an understanding of the original which means those wanting to read the review will have seen the original and been interested to know if the second is as good. This makes the target age 30-50.