My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
|My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kirk Jones|
|Written by||Nia Vardalos|
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Edited by||Markus Czyzewski|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$88.9 million|
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos. The film stars Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez and Elena Kampouris. It is the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was released in 2002. Filming began in late May 2015 in Toronto. The film was released on March 25, 2016 by Universal Pictures.
The life of Toula Portokalos Miller (Nia Vardalos) is in shambles. Her travel agency is closed due to the recession, as is the family dry cleaners; the only thing left open is the restaurant started by her father, Gus (Michael Constantine). Her husband, Ian (John Corbett), is now the principal of the school their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) attends, and Paris is preparing to go to college. Paris has become mortified by the smothering love of everyone in the family – the fact that they are always there is driving her to apply to schools all across the country. Ian and Toula are struggling with their marriage because Toula is always trying to "fix" everything that goes wrong with her family, leaving them little time for each other.
Meanwhile, Gus has become convinced that he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great and wants an online ancestry site to confirm this. While sorting through his paper records, he discovers that his wedding certificate was never signed by the priest who married him and Maria (Lainie Kazan) fifty years before. He is frustrated that his current priest will not just sign the paper but is willing to renew their vows so that they can be married "officially". Maria scoffs at the idea of needing to be married again after fifty years together but agrees to go through with it if Gus asks her properly. Gus refuses, and Maria pushes him to the couch in response. When he ends up needing to go to the hospital and Maria refuses to go with him, he publicly pleads with her to marry him, and she agrees.
Maria wants the wedding she never had. A wedding planner is hired, but when the family's choices are too wild for her, she quits. The whole family, including Ian's parents, Rodney and Harriet (Bruce Gray and Fiona Reid), and Angelo's business partner, Patrick, pitches in to make it happen. Nick and Toula eventually realize that Patrick is also Angelo's romantic partner, and they welcome him into the family. One surprise for the wedding day is Gus' brother, Panos (Mark Margolis), flown over from Greece for the ceremony. Ouzo flows on the way to the church, resulting in Gus, Panos, and Taki (Gerry Mendicino) being giggling drunk at the front of the church. Maria is walked to the front but storms off to the vestry, thinking that Gus is not taking her seriously. Panos confides to her that Gus needs her, and she agrees to go through with it.
Paris has been accepted by Northwestern University in Chicago and NYU in New York City. As she starts to see her mother as truly loving her, she claims to want to attend Northwestern, but a moment with her great-grandmother (Bess Meisler) makes her realize that she really wants to go to New York. She asks Bennett (Alex Wolff), a boy she has watched from afar, to the prom, and he turns out to also be from a crazy Greek family. Prom is the same night as the wedding, so she attends it with a promise to be at the reception later. Ian and Toula watch Gus and Maria say their vows, while Paris and Bennett slow-dance at the prom, leading to their first kiss. At the reception for the wedding, Gus receives a note, ostensibly from the ancestry site, saying that he is indeed a descendant of Alexander the Great, but Toula confirms with Ian that she forged it to make her father happy. The movie ends with the family dropping Paris off in New York City to start college.
- Nia Vardalos as Toula Portokalos-Miller
- John Corbett as Ian Miller, Toula's husband
- Elena Kampouris as Paris Miller, Toula and Ian's 17-year-old daughter
- Lainie Kazan as Maria Portokalos, Toula's mother
- Michael Constantine as Kostas "Gus" Portokalos, Toula's father
- Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula, Toula's aunt and Maria's sister
- Louis Mandylor as Nick Portokalos, Toula's brother
- Gia Carides as Cousin Nikki, Voula's daughter, Toula's cousin and best friend, and Paris' godmother
- Gerry Mendicino as Uncle Taki, Voula's husband and Angelo and Nikki's father
- Joey Fatone as Cousin Angelo, Voula's son and Toula's cousin
- Stavroula Logothettis as Athena Portokalos
- Alex Wolff as Bennett
- John Stamos as George
- Rita Wilson as Anna
- Ian Gomez as Mike, Ian's best friend
- Bess Meisler as Mana-Yiayia, Toula's grandmother
- Ashleigh Rains as Wedding Planner
- Rob Riggle as Northwestern Rep
- Mark Margolis as Panos Portokalos, Kostas' brother from Greece
In a 2009 interview for her film My Life in Ruins, asked about a possible sequel to the 2002 hit romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos stated that she had an idea for a sequel and had started writing it, hinting that, like Ruins, the film would be set in Greece.
Asked about a sequel again in a November 2012 interview, she stated,
Well, actually, yes. And it's only now that I've really become open to the idea. Over the years, I've heard from everybody about what the sequel should be. People next to me at Starbucks would say, "Hey, let me tell you my idea," and I'd be like, "Hey, I'm just trying to get a cup of coffee." I never thought much about it. But then when John (Corbett) and I recently sat down to do that interview (for the 10th anniversary edition), we laughed so hard through the whole thing. It made me think that it's time. He said, "Come on, write something, will you?" And I now think I will. We have such an easy chemistry together. And we have chemistry because we never "did it." That's the surefire way to kill chemistry in a scene. You have to make sure your actors don't "do it" off-screen. If they don't "do it," then they'll have chemistry on camera.
On May 27, 2014, various news and media outlets reported that a sequel was in the works. Vardalos later confirmed this via Twitter, and wrote the script for the film. Universal Pictures acquired the US distribution rights to the film on November 11, 2014, and Kirk Jones was set to direct, based on the script by Vardalos, who also starred.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 21, 2016.
In its opening weekend, the film was projected to gross $15 million from 3,133 theaters. It grossed $7.2 million on its first day and $17.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing third at the box office behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Zootopia ($24 million). In its second weekend, the film grossed $11.2 million (a 37.2% drop), again finishing third behind Batman v Superman ($51.3 million) and Zootopia ($19.3 million).
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 29%, based on 139 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is as sweet and harmless as the original, but its collection of sitcom gags and stereotypes never coalesces into anything resembling a story with a purpose." Metacritic reports a score of 37 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Polled by CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
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