The Big Wedding is a creepy and tasteless comedy that never seems to use any of its cast members to their advantage, instead throwing them into a story that would even give a sex predator the chills. The film has an ensemble cast of A-list actors ranging from Robert DeNiro to Robin Williams, and not once does the film use any of them to make a laugh. There were a few chuckles throughout the film, mainly from the comedic talents of Topher Grace, but mainly I found the film to be disturbing and downright crude. It's a story that plays off an awkward situation for far too long and at a certain point I wanted to go home and watch Full House just to see a family with some moral values. This big family is some of the most disturbing, creepy, uncharismatic group of individuals to ever be in a film, I mean they make the Lannisters look like The Partridge Family. That being said, not all the actors failed to bring in some laughs. Topher Grace and Robin Williams gave me some smiles and laughs throughout the film and I enjoyed seeing them, but everyone else in this cast was unfunny, scary, or just plain unlikable. It has a story that makes me want to go to church, a group of characters that need some serious counseling, and few actors that live up to their abilities, and it disappoints me that such a promising ensemble have let their careers lead to crap like this.
The story follows a man (Robert DeNiro) having to pretend to get back together with his ex-wife (Diane Keaton) in order to please his adopted son's real mother who is a strong Christian, while the rest of the family is dealing with their own personal problems.
The plot of the film is so ridiculous and idiotic that it felt like a group of horny college kids wrote it in a day, and I cannot stress this fact enough. I swear this film focuses on one theme and that is sex, which what I means is all the characters ever talk about is sex or failed relationships because of sex. Everything in this films storyline just all comes down to sex, and at a point I thought to myself "so this is where comedy has become, sex jokes." What made the sex jokes in a film like "American Pie" so great is that it took unknown teenaged actors and gave them a movie about teenagers who just want to have sex, but this film has a bunch of adults who just act like they are children who don't know how to solve their own problems. I will admit Topher Grace had a subplot about wanting to have sex with his adopted brother's real sister that had some good laughs, but that is just another example that the writers found a subject like incest to be comedy genius. When I left the theater I was thankful to get out of that cesspool of unrealistic human beings and a bunch of storylines that nobody really cared about. There are many subplots in the film that I could've cared less about, and I wondered if the writers knew the film sucked so they found a bunch of popular actors that they believed would bring in some money. Either way, this story was a disturbing waste of time and makes me disappointed for a good cast of actors to actually participate in this trash.
The cast of the film features some of the best actors in Hollywood, so the mystery of why they would include themselves in this garbage is beyond me. Robert DeNiro plays a womanizing jerk that cheats on both his ex-wife and his new girlfriend, and it just made him almost instantly unlikable. Diane Keaton is pretty much the same old Diane Keaton, just looking much older and in need of a paycheck. Susan Sarandon really didn't bring any laughs to this comedy, in fact nobody would've really noticed if she had been gone to be honest. Kathryn Bigelow is just the dramatic daughter who is mad at her dad and her life, and at this point Bigelow need s to start making some career changes. Topher Grace made me laugh because he is Topher Grace, and I am proud to say that he one of the few actors that actually make this seem like a comedy. Robin Williams screen time is brief but well used, and I have to hand it to him that he still has his magic touch. Ben Barnes is really just used to drive the films story (whatever that is) and with or without him, this film wouldn't have been different. Amanda Seyfried didn't provide any laughs and really had no real purpose in the film, but after "Les MisÚrables" I guess I expected her to actually do something good with her career, I guess I was wrong. There are a few more actors but I am getting tired of telling you what a failure this cast was, so overall just don't expect anything worth mentioning in this unfunny group of people.
The Big Wedding didn't need to exist; in fact if I could go back I would go watch "Oblivion" a second time just to not have to experience this crap again. Director Justin Zackham has created a worthless and awful experience that will make audience members want to find the nearest exit as soon as possible. There were some positive things about the film, including Grace and William's performances, the fact that it didn't last too long, and that the setting for the film was actually well done. But despite all this, the fact that somebody called this a comedy makes me angry and want to scream at every single person involved in this trash. Zackham doesn't know how to make a comedy and should think about doing something else in his career or quitting altogether, because this does not make me want to experience anything else he has to offer. What made me angry the most I believe was that Robert DeNiro actually joined this films cast after he had finally proven to me last year with "Silver Linings Playbook" that he is still one of the best actors of all-time, so why is an actor of such high prestige including himself in such a waste of time such as this? I will never get my answer most likely, so all I can hope is that other people find this funnier than I did. If you enjoy seeing your money being taken away so you can sit in a chair for 90 minutes and not have a good time, than please be my guest.