Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: The Big Wedding

Release Date:  April 26, 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Starring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton
Who to see it with: Someone with a dysfunctional family


What happens when you take an all star cast and make them a funny but dysfunctional family for a hectic weekend?  You get the Big Wedding.  It stars some really great actors who are forced into a very uncomfortable situation in order to make the wedding of the youngest son a success.  The acting is solid and the characters are enjoyable.  The writers really explore all sorts of relationships between a diverse set of characters--all of whom have their own flaws.  Many of these relationships become exceedingly awkward and complex, but between the absurdity of what is developing, there are genuinely human moments of caring and understanding.  However, some of the conflicts that develop are resolved too quickly and conveniently in order to move the story along.  The movie spends so much time setting up these situations, then tries to resolve them all before the credits roll.  The humor is good if a little crude at times.  It reminds me of a more mature take on American Pie.  All in all, the Big Wedding is an enjoyable experience that comes together a little too quickly in the end.

Rent it.

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