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|Original title:||The Big Wedding|
|Production country:||USA 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 89 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
A turbulent weekend is coming up at the house of Don Griffin (Robert De Niro) and his girlfriend Bebe (Susan Sarandon). Alejandro (Ben Barnes), the adopted son of Don and his ex-wife Ellie (Diane Keaton), wants to marry his beloved Missy (Amanda Seyfried) on the pretty family estate by the lake. And not only their bourgeois parents Barry (David Rasche) and Muffin (Christine Ebersole), but also Ellie and the children Lyla (Katherine Heigl) and Jared (Topher Grace) have announced themselves to the splendid celebration. Ellie's arrival at her former home, which she hasn't entered for ten years, gives an idea that this weekend will end in complete chaos. Also the visit of Alejandro's biological mother and his sister Nuria (Ana Ayora), who provides the virgin Jared with enormous hormone boosts, but also the very special Father Moinighan (Robin Williams) bring the bridal couple again and again to the brink of despair. And when the old conflicts between Don and Ellie are unleashed in a very special way, the festival threatens to fall apart for good…
With "The Big Wedding", the remake of the French comedy "Like a Real Family", director Justin Zackham, who also wrote the script, makes his feature film debut. But he was able to engage a very prominent cast of actors, after which many a filmmaker would lick his fingers. Four Oscar-winners are cavorting in this wedding brawl, which gives hope for a certain level of quality. But these hopes are suddenly destroyed after only a few moments. Not only that the humor lacks any form of timing and level. Also the performances of the good actors are almost all underground. While Robert de Niro desperately lampoons his way through the events, Diane Keaton, who hasn't exactly soiled herself with fame lately anyway, finally degenerates into an embarrassing joke figure with a high foreign shame factor. And also Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams sell themselves in their relatively small roles far below value, whereby Williams can at least generate one or two good laughs.
The supporting actors can't save much anymore. For example, Katherine Heigl is once again reduced to looking like a sore deer in the area, an acting ability in which only Amanda Seyfried could outrank her in "Mamma Mia Reloaded" mode. And also the Brit Ben Barnes as Colombian adoptive son remains completely pale in the unlucky wedding chaos. Only Topher Grace radiates something like charm and wit, although he only delivers a slight variation of the role that made him so popular in the comedy series "The Wild 70s".
How Justin Zackham managed to win such a cast with such a messed up script will probably remain a mystery forever. The fact is that he simply doesn't succeed in even rudimentarily realizing the comedic potential of the story. Record Sexwitzchen, worn out clichés and completely inappropriately placed dramatic moments make "The Big Wedding" hard to bear even for those viewers who are otherwise quite available for light US comedies. Watching high-calibre stars in such flat clothes is a truly painful experience that only painless fans of American wedding comedies will voluntarily expose themselves to for money.
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