zondag 26 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 19: The Big Wedding

Director: Justin Zackham
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
Runtime: 89 minutes
Year: 2013
Starring: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes

Description: Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were once married and have three children: Lyla (Katherine Heigl), Jared (Topher Grace) and adoptive son Alejandro (Ben Barnes). Eventually they divorce, Ellie moves away and Don hooks up with Bebe (Susan Sarandon), 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.

Review: You know that a first meeting starting with a lie never works out. That’s exactly what happens when Alejandro wants his divorced parents to pretend they are still together for his very religious biological mother.
It’s a cast with a lot of big names, but that doesn’t necessarily mean success. And “The Big Wedding” isn’t. Basically because of the chaotic script, which can’t seem to find a balance between sentimental clich├ęs and corny jokes. It’s very predictable, some twists I could see from a mile away.
Acting veterans De Niro, Keaton, Williams and Sarandon never seem to carry this film to a higher level. Katherine Heigl seems like she was forced to do this movie, she has lost the charm she had when she was still on “Grey’s Anatomy”. And the storyline that Topher Grace has, is simply ridiculous. The wedding, which should be the highlight of the film, is also disappointing. Off course someone falls into the water and some punches are given. All you can do as a viewer is sigh of boredom.
“The Big Wedding” is an uninspired comedy that couldn’t be saved by the big actors. The movie feels forced and is very disappointing.

Rating: 1,5/ 5

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