The Big Wedding


The Big Wedding

Critics Consensus

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 couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future - and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Screenplay by Justin Zackham. Directed by Justin Zackham. (c) Lionsgate

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  • May 10, 2014
    In a way it's criminal how such a talented cast is wasted with material like this. However if you're willing to overlook the predictable material then this is an amusing if totally forgettable film. Despite De Niro's abysmal recent run of form he is actually quite good here and works well off Keaton and Sarandon. Williams is little more than a cameo and have they really blacked up Ben Barnes?!!! More a chick flick than anything else this will probably appeal to people who have enjoyed films such as 'Valentine's Day'.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    ** 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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2013
    I'd call it The Big Ansaphone as all the performances are phones in. Does TriBeCa cost this much to run Robert? You've been making pony like this for too long now I've almost forgotten how good an actor you were. The whole film is like a bad Ray Cooney farce without any laughs. Shame on all the talent that were wasted in this fart of a film.
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2013
    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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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