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The Big Wedding (2013)



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

Movie Info

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) Lionsgatemore
Rating: R (for language, sexual content and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Zackham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Box Office: $21.5M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Robert De Niro
as Don Griffin
Diane Keaton
as Ellie Griffin
Ben Barnes
as Alejandro
Patricia Rae
as Madonna
Ana Ayora
as Nuria
Robin Williams
as Father Moinighan
Ian Blackman
as Maitre'd
Doug Torres
as Waiting Father
Joshua Nelson
as Worker #1
Sylvia Kauders
as Elderly Wife
Edmund Lyndeck
as Elderly Husband
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Critic Reviews for The Big Wedding

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Não é apenas uma má comédia; é mau Cinema.

Full Review… | September 1, 2013
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | August 13, 2013

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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for The Big Wedding



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 Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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 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.

Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

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