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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Kirk Jones
Cast:
Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Joey Fatone
Writing Credits:
Nia Vardalos

Synopsis:
A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Box Office:
Budget
$18 Million.
Opening Weekend
$17,861,950 on 3,133 Screens.
Domestic Gross
$58,288,410.

MPAA:
Rated PG-13.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish DTS 5..1
French DTS 5.1
English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 94 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 6/21/2016

Bonus:
• Gag Reel
• “Making the Greekquel” Featurette
• “My Big Fat Greek Dinner” Featurette
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 19, 2016)

Most sequels come within two to three years of the original movie, but some take much longer. Sometimes this ends up with a success, but usually sequels benefit from a “strike while the iron’s hot” approach, so a long delay between movies hurts the next chapter.

Into the latter category falls 2016’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Back in 2002, the original film became a “sleeper” smash – with a microscopic $5 million budget, the movie took in a stunning $368 million worldwide.

No such profits greeted Wedding 2, as it snared much, much less money - $280 million less, to be exact. With a still-low budget of only $18 million, Wedding 2’s $88 million meant it turned a profit, but I can’t help but think it would’ve done much better if it’d come out in 2004 back when people remembered and cared about the franchise.

Or maybe not. A spin-off TV series called My Big Fat Greek Life lasted a mere seven episodes before it got cancelled. Perhaps a cinematic sequel back in 2004 would’ve experienced a similar fate.

All I know is that I don’t expect a Wedding 3 in 2030, as I suspect the tepid financial response to Wedding 2 will end the franchise. Whereas the first film followed the romance and wedding of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett), the sequel finds them many years down the road, still married and parents to 17-year-old Paris (Elena Kampouris).

With Paris on the verge of her college experience, Toula and Ian go through marital doldrums, factors exacerbated by financial issues. In addition, it turns out that Toula’s parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) were never legally married, as a technicality renders their decades-ago union invalid.

In the middle of all this drama, what could be a better idea than to stage another wedding? We follow the antics related to the Gus/Maria nuptials along with familial issues connected to Toula, Ian and Paris.

Seriously – with all the potential story lines available to Wedding 2, the best they could come up with was “Toula’s parents never got married”? That’s a plot barely worthy of a bad sitcom – the use of such a tired, cheap gimmick for a major feature film seems lazy at best and insulting at worst.

How unoriginal is the movie’s main story? The Gus/Maria narrative directly steals from “Fred Flintstone Woos Again”, an episode that aired during Season Two of The Flintstones. Wedding 2 is so bereft of ideas that it needs to go back 55 years to rip off cartoon cavemen.

Even if I ignore that, Wedding 2 feels like a retread. The “humor” heavily recycles material from the first movie, and I get the impression the script sat on the shelf for a long time. This doesn’t smell like a screenplay that someone wrote in the last decade – it seems stale and with zero inspiration.

Not that the problems stop there, as Wedding 2 comes packed with cinematic sins. Look, I admit that I didn’t like the original film – I thought it was terrible, to be honest – but even my disdain for the first flick didn’t prepare me for the horrors on display here.

The characters? Still as idiotic and cartoony as ever. We find nothing more than a collection of annoying stereotypes with no real personality.

Toula seems just as needy and irritating as she did 14 years ago, and the moronic screenplay finds silly excuses to evoke her prior personality. Wedding 2 lets the jokes lead the story, so we find scenes like one in which Toula looks “pre-Ian frumpy” for no reason other than to prompt a lame gag.

If you enjoy poor attempts at humor, you’ll love Wedding 2, as it comes packed with sub-moronic “comedy”. Within the first seven minutes, we get two slapstick moments so cheap they’d be rejected from a “Z”-level Disney Channel sitcom. There’s zero inspiration or creativity to be found here.

The cast? Wasted – the ones who have talent, that is. The great Andrea Martin finds her skills flushed down the toilet once again, and the movie forces Rob Riggle to play “straight man”. Why take a dynamic actor like Riggle and severely restrain him? I have no idea.

It’s clear Vardalos didn’t use the last 14 years for acting lessons. She seems just as cartoony and flawed as she did in 2002. Vardalos doesn’t drag down the movie – it comes with too many problems for one actor to sabotage it – but she remains a weak, untalented lead.

At least Wedding 2 manages a near miracle: it almost makes me look back fondly on the prior movie. While the first film was stupid, sappy and borderline unwatchable, the sequel comes with all the same problems and adds a complete lack of originality. At least the 2002 flick tried to make its own statement - Wedding 2 feels like cheap product that exists solely to resurrect the failing career of its creator.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio C+/ Bonus D+

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The image seemed more than satisfactory.

Sharpness was mostly strong. The occasional slightly soft shot materialized, but those instances remained rare, so the majority of the flick came across as accurate and well-defined. No shimmering or jaggies popped up, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.

Colors tended toward teal and orange, though not in a major manner. The tints remained fairly subdued, and the hues looked fine. Blacks seemed dark and tight, while shadows were smooth and clear. This became a solid presentation.

As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed mediocre, mainly due to a complete lack of sonic ambition. Music showed reasonable stereo imaging, but effects came across with little presence. Some scenes – the prom, sporting events, the climactic wedding – show minor accentuation of environmental elements, but these don’t bring much to the package.

Audio quality seemed fine. Music was warm and full, while dialogue sounded natural and concise. Effects had little to do, but they remained accurate enough. This was a mediocre soundtrack.

Only minor extras fill out the set. A Gag Reel runs four minutes, five seconds and offers mostly the usual goofs and giggles. A few improv lines add spice – but not much.

My Big Fat Greek Dinner fills 14 minutes, 34 seconds with info from writer/actor Nia Vardalos and actors John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Ian Gomez, Louis Mandylor and Joey Fatone. They offer a roundtable discussion of the first film, reuniting for the sequel, story/characters, and experiences during the shoot. Vardalos dominates this fluffy piece, one that lacks much informative value.

We also find Making the Greekquel. In this 11-minute, 40-second piece, we hear from Vardalos, Kazan, Gomez, Corbett, Constantine, Mandylor, Fatone, actor/producer Rita Wilson, executive producer Paul Brooks, director Kirk Jones, production designer Gregory Keen,and actors Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, and Elena Kampouris. “Greekquel” examines story/character areas and the development of the sequel, cast and performances, and sets. Like the prior piece, this one includes only minor insights – most of it stays promotional in nature, so don’t expect much from it.

The disc opens with ads for American Girl: Lea to the Rescue, Kindergarten Cop 2, Honey 3, and By the Sea. No trailer for Wedding 2 appears here.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of Wedding 2. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

As bad as the original film was, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is even worse. Idiotic, illogical and completely devoid of wit, the movie never threatens to become anything other than a cinematic disaster. The Blu-ray offers very good picture with average audio and superficial supplements. Even fans of the first flick seem unlikely to enjoy this catastrophe.

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