“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is the sequel that no one really wanted.
The movie picks up quite a ways in the future from where the first one ended. The main characters, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are still married and are trying to prepare their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) for college.
As if that isn’t stressful enough for the parents, Toula soon learns that her own parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) are actually not officially married. For that reason, the big family is forced into preparing another wedding.
The first movie worked because it was structured as a romantic comedy with the family being a quirky aspect to make it more fun. Unfortunately, the sequel is a total reversal. Instead, this one wanted to make a movie simply about the quirkyness of the family and build subplots around it.
The result is a picture that feels like a lazy cash grab, rehashing the same jokes from the first movie with none of the actual heart or romance that made the original an endearing experience.
More disappointing than the weak story telling, though, are the characters. Let’s start with Toula. The first movie sets her on a trajectory of becoming a successful and confident woman who becomes more independent.
“Greek Wedding 2” strips Toula of that, returning her to working a seemingly dead end job at her family restaurant and also makes her character complain about her daughter leaving for college.
It felt as though the character who developed so much in the original was completely regressed in this sequel just to redo some of the gags from the first film.
The big fat Greek family, meanwhile, has been devolved in this picture to nothing but cartoonish caricatures. The movie also seemed to have the odd need to introduce antagonist bully characters for no reason whatsoever.
The performances seem forced, the characters are too over the top and the script recycled way too much from the original. The only real props one can give the movie is that it does at least provide a chuckle here and there and it did return most of its cast. For that, it’s spared and gets a low 2 out of 5.