The Big Wedding – 2013 – English
Film directed in 2013 by Justin Zackham, and starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora, Kyle Bornheimer, Megan Ketch…
Synopsis: Don and Ellie were once married and have two children, Lyla and Jared. They adopt a boy from Colombia, Alejandro. Eventually they would divorce, Ellie would move away and Don would hook 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 doesn’t want to commit. Lyla who is married is going through a rough patch in her marriage. And Jared who hasn’t had much luck with women finds himself attracted to Alejandro’s extremely sensual sister, Nuria.
Review: I saw this film last night and found it one of the funniest films in years. And, judging by the laughter, most of the audience agree. Bear in mind that for a majority of the audience English is not their first language either.
A word of caution for prudes. There are three scenes of a highly sexual nature that are extremely funny for those who are not.
This is another in the growing trend of using mature actors and it is good to see Diane Keaton and Susan Sarendon in starring roles where some years back they would have disappeared from our screens. Robert De Niro is excellent, as ever and Robin Williams in the smaller part of the quartet of Oscar winners, made this a foursome of very funny performances.
The rest of the cast also turned in fine performances and I think they must have had lots of fun making the film. We go to the cinema for one reason only – to be entertained. I heard no complaints from the rest of the audience as we left. No Oscar winners here but high marks for fun.
The scenery is also quite magnificent.