“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”

Who says you can never go home again?  Academy Award nominee Nia Vadalos has done just that in this wonderful film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”  She and producer Tom Hanks have brought back the entire cast from the original film.  Rarely are sequels as good or as surprising as the original film but “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is superb.  It is just as good and just as funny as the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time: 2002’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Again, a wedding is taking place in the Portokalos family.  Again, it is big, it is gaudy and has loads of fun and surprises.

Although there are some lines that are a bit risqué, there is nothing vulgar in this film.  The humor is brilliant and not offensive unlike so many comedies out on the market today.  I think being funny without being vulgar is the mark of excellent writing and Nia Vadalos has done just that.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she isn’t nominated again for an Academy Award for original screenplay.

Written and starring Nia Vadalos as Toula; she brings the whole Portokalos family back to life.  John Corbett also stars as Toula’s husband, Ian.  Michael Constantine and Laine Kazan are back as Gus and Maria Portokalos.  Andrea Martin is Aunt Voula. .  Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, and of Greek descent who first discovered Nia Vadalos has a cameo as does John Stamos. Elena Kampouris is Ian and Toula’s young adult daughter, Paris, but Bess Meisler steals the show as the grandmother: Mana Yiayia

Set in Chicago, I am sure that the neighborhood where the Portokalos family is
supposed to live went wild when they saw the sets.  The sets are great but the
neighbors probably thought that their property values would sink like the Titanic when they saw them. As a movie-goer, I thought that the sets were wonderful.

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was directed by British Director, Kirk Jones who also directed “Nanny McPhee,” “Everybody’s Fine,” and “Waking Ned Devine.”
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” opens Friday at both AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.  Do not miss this film.  You will be sorry if you do.

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