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|Originaltitel:||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Unpack the Windex and pull the necks tight, because the Portokalos family is back! After seventeen years Gus (Michael Constantine) seems to have finally made friends with the fact that his beloved daughter Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) did not marry a Greek but a "Xenos". A mistake that his granddaughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) should never repeat. And that's why Gus and the rest of the clan never miss an opportunity to interfere in the lives of the seventeen-year-olds. She can't wait to go to a college that takes her as far away from her embarrassing family as possible. For Toula this is an absolute horror, but she hardly has time to worry about her soon separation from her baby. Because when Gus tries to prove that he comes directly from Alexander the Great, he finds out that he and Maria (Lainie Kazan) are not really married. And of course this must be changed as quickly as possible. But Maria wants a real proposal and a romantic wedding. Can stubborn Gus deliver that? And does Toula now have to plan the next big Greek wedding?
14 years ago the story of a young Greek woman and her chaotic family developed into a real surprise hit and is still one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time. The film was followed by a very short-lived sitcom version with most of the actors of the movie, which was mercilessly flunked by the audience. Other attempts by leading actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos to build on the great success - such as the comedy "My Big Fat Greek Summer", subtly titled in Germany - also failed. But now she tries it again and delivers with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" the continuation of her Greek-American blockbuster comedy.
After a few moments it becomes clear: This second part does not take any risks. Here, all the things that made the first movie so successful are clearly ticked off according to scheme F. Many new ideas are sought here in vain. And so one would actually be inclined to dismiss this sequel, for which probably no one really waited, as an unimaginative ingratiation of the fans of the first album. But then, one finds oneself again and again not only smiling but laughing heartily about constantly repeating jokes and that this reunion with the Portokalos clan is a lot of fun. Yes, the film is actually a recycled version of the first part. And yes, the plot is extremely predictable and the characters don't seem to have developed a bit over the years.
And yet it's hard to escape the concentrated charm of the movie. The production of Kirk Jones ("Long live Ned Devine") is like a visit to old friends you haven't seen for a while. One notices that some time has gone into the country and yet one feels immediately secure. And that is simply beautiful - despite all justified criticisms and clichés. However, it must also be said that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" is best when the whole family is involved in the action. The attempts of Toula and Ian to bring a little more romance back into their marriage, on the other hand, seem to be a little bit stressful and can't touch as the tender rapprochement between the two once did. The spark doesn't really want to jump over anymore, which is why there are also some small lengths in these scenes that express so little emotion, like the face of Lainie Kazan frozen by Botox.
Luckily, however, such moments are a real exception in an otherwise well done sequel. If you don't expect anything more than more of what worked out so well in part 1 and if you just want to spend some lovely funny entertainment with charming characters, you shouldn't miss this Greek wedding. Absolutely worth seeing!
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