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The Big Wedding (2013)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 94

The Big Wedding's all-star cast is stranded in a contrived, strained plot that features broad stabs at humor but few laughs.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 30

The Big Wedding's all-star cast is stranded in a contrived, strained plot that features broad stabs at humor but few laughs.



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With an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy



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Aug 13, 2013


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It's not the sheer predictability of the ensuing frolics that's hardest to take, or even the dismal attempts at humour ... but the sheer misery of watching actors you once respected demean themselves in such utterly worthless fodder.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Barring a few off-color jokes, though, the movie feels like a Carol Burnett sketch dragged out to feature length.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.

April 28, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Looks great, some terrific ingredients, but when you slice it up, what a disappointment.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard
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Sarandon, Keaton and De Niro mesh beautifully, fully convincing as a trio of old friends and carting in lots of characterization that would be otherwise lacking in Zackham's rote screenplay.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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For all its surface amiability, The Big Wedding might be one of the more frustrating films of the year.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Some scripts can be saved by a good cast that delivers the material with as much chutzpah as possible. And then there are some that are simply unsalvageably dreadful.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Não é apenas uma má comédia; é mau Cinema.

September 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The goofy characters waltz through plenty of offbeat situations, but that's not enough because quirky and funny are not synonymous.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

What it desperately needed was more originality. I suppose Zackham thought that if he just got a great cast and sprinkled enough humor into it, then those would be enough to cover up all the flaws in the script. Unfortunately, he was very much mistaken.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

Behold the unholy matrimony of hack-job romance and whack-job comedy. Witness the blindingly bleached marriage of house-porn and cocky Caucasian privilege. Suffer the union of former A-list stars and express-cashed paycheques.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Built on chaotically disparate tones and extremely broad jokes that never hit their mark, The Big Wedding is completely devoid of laughs.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny

Sinks to new levels of horrid.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

At least somebody does fall in the swimming pool. It's Robert De Niro. Unfortunately, he resurfaces.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

With De Niro inexcusably using what is for many people the single most obscene swear word, this is well off target.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

An all-star cast very nearly goes down with the ship as filmmaker Justin Zackham (The Bucket List) indulges in relentlessly farcical silliness.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

Big wedding? Big fat nothing, more like.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

"Oh God, this is humiliating," trills Diane Keaton and she never said a truer word.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This is not so much Meet The Fockers as meet the shockers. The jokes are something old, nothing new, mainly borrowed and sadly blue. De Niro is a shadow of his former shelf, not so much Taxi Driver as taxidermy.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

Disappointing, poorly conceived comedy that's both emotionally unconvincing and depressingly low on laughs, though the performances ensure that it remains watchable.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Pure claw-your-eyes-out cinema.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This is one of those farces you come away from thinking the French would have done better. Then you discover that the French have already done it, and better.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A frothy and harmless confection that squanders the on-screen talent.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

You'll run out of appendages on which to count the clichés.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

While it's nice to see talents like Keaton and Sarandon in The Big Wedding, it's ultimately frustrating seeing their talents wasted in Zackham's paper-thin excuse for a rom-com.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
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Audience Reviews for The Big Wedding

I like Cheeseburgers and I like Croissant but the thought of eating a Cheeseburger made with Croissant instead of a sesame bun makes me feel sick. The Big Wedding made me feel that kind of sick. Honestly, American films trying to be French Films just don't work. Americans can enjoy French and French can enjoy American (or can they) but trying to translate the same humour would need a script to be so re-written that there would be little point in trying. With The Big Wedding they tried and proved my theory correct. It is horrible.
October 25, 2013

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Some movies have really good casts and they just don't work out. "Big Wedding" is one of those movies. Robert Di Nero, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandan round out the cast. But even with all that star power, this is a very uneven, unfunny romantic comedy. It's basically about a dysfunctional family coming together for a wedding, and all their problems come to a head. Women will probably enjoy it more than the guys(even though Emily passed out and didn't care for it all). Worth a watch? Maybe a one time on Netflix. But not really worth any money.
September 25, 2013
Everett Johnson

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It's never too late to start acting like a family.

Good movie! The one line that "The Big Wedding" straddles well is that between comedy and drama. The film is effective when it moves from funny jokes to touching family honesty and back to some more funny jokes. The story lines are very predictable, and sometimes the jokes are too simple and too wrong, but it tries to add in the right amount of drama, and ultimately, it should be entertaining to fans of the genre.

Don and Ellie were once married and have two children, Lyla and Jared. They adopted a boy from Colombia, Alejandro. Eventually they divorce, Ellie moves away and Don hooks up with Bebe, Ellie's best friend. When Alejandro is about to get married, he informs Don And Ellie that he never told his natural mother who is so traditional that they got divorced. And she is coming for the wedding so he asks them if they can pretend to still be married. Don and Ellie reluctantly agree to it and Bebe moves out who is also upset that Don for some reason doesn't want to commit.
August 27, 2013
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

I have 2 words to describe The Big Wedding, Chick flick. It seems to me like a mix of other movies with a disastrous result. It has a wonderful cast (DeNiro, Keaton, Heigl, Williams, etc) but not even this reason can save the movie. It has some good moments of humor but in general the comedy is just forced. In conclusion, The Big Wedding its not worthy to watch.
August 24, 2013

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