My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 [2016] ★½

 cw192dju4aao657-jpg-largeIt took me a few days to actually sit down and write a review about “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”. Was I trying to convince myself that what I witnessed wasn’t a disaster? Perhaps. But it was. It really was. The first movie was released back in 2002, and while it didn’t reinvent the comedy genre, it was a charming little movie with just the right ingredients to turn it into an instant hit. The sequel, also written and starring Nia Vardalos, takes everything that was sweet and harmless in the first one and turns it into a painfully unfunny mess. The lazy plot this time around focuses on Toula’s parents, who find out they were never officially married. That’s cue for their family to throw yet another big fat greek wedding, with disastrous consequences. The spirit is still willing in Nia Vardalos and the rest of the cast (which includes John Corbett, Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan), but the script itself is terribly weak from prolonged repetition. And because most of the jokes fall flat, you may the treasure the ones that actually work. Why? Out of respect for everyone who was involved in the first movie. I’ll stop right here. But time can be cruel, especially to sequels.

Rating: 1.5/4

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