The Big Wedding (2013)

Now ‘The Big Wedding’ has a great cast! Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Topher Grace (‘That 70s Show’), Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), Susan Sarandon! They are all so brilliant. ‘The Big Wedding’ is a weekend of chaos, of secrets and lies. A wedding where everything goes wrong and all secrets come out, mistakes are made. But all revolving the family, not actually any issues with the bride and groom. It’s the wedding of Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Amanda Seyfried), and the gathering of their both crazy families. It’s brilliantly hilarious.

The Big Wedding - Missy and Al

Each character is completely different to the other, this gives a refreshing feel to the film. Most of the characters seem flawed and it makes the film seem cleverly more realistic. No character is perfect. Although saying this, I don’t think there is a character to hate as such, but there are many to love and appreciate. Adopted son, Alejandro, after realising his birth mother will be flying from Columbia to go to his wedding, asks his divorced parents a big favour – to pretend to be married. One lie. As you can probably guess this creates issues from the beginning. A divorced couple must act in love, while the father, Don (Robert De Niro) has already another woman, Bebe, in his life. So where does Bebe (Susan Sarandon) fit in? Bebe angry at Don, but determined to do anything for Alejandro’s wedding, comically acts out in the subtlest ways she can. As the family starts to join up we realise that everyone has things going on, and chaos starts to erupt when they are all brought together. Angry at her father, Lyla (Katherine Heigl) brings chaos with her as she tries to keep secrets. The final son, Jared (Topher Grace), is tested with the one thing he’s managed to keep safe his whole life – his virginity.

The Big Wedding - Don and Ellie

It’s not the best romcom out there, far from it! But it’s enjoyable and a little bit of fun escapism. ‘The Big Wedding’ is full of a great cast, with some classic comical moments. It is a film for older ages with swearing and sex – a 15 for good reason. It revolves around one event where one lie deepens and deepens: family crisis just gets worse and worse. I just think this film is so enjoyable because of the cast. It’s realistic in its faulted characters, with many relatable issues arising. Many stories going on, but easy to follow. Why not follow on with this chaotic weekend?


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