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Times of India
The Greeks are back, many years after the first installment of this movie, which was a surprise hit, engaging viewers with its sweetness and innocence. Here, Toula's (Vardalos) father Gus (Constantine) discovers that he and his wife Maria (Kazan) have some marriage paperwork issues, and so he decides that they should set matrimony matters right and get married again, 50 years after they supposedly got together.
Watching this film is like time travelling back into the past - 14 years to be precise. For one, you might wonder why there was such a long gap in between films and secondly, you might find yourself wondering just what the reason was for this film to be made at all.
There is plenty of family drama but Toula comes across as being quite overbearing in her smothering ways, which to her is aimed at sorting out whatever is wrong. Things aren't quite okay for the family on the financial side too. Their businesses are not doing well at all. But obviously all of that is forgotten when Gus makes the shocking discovery about his marriage. Oh and incidentally, he apparently thinks he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great.
In short, this film depicts the most dysfunctional of dysfunctional families. You therefore can't help but empathise with Toula's daughter Paris (Kampouris) who is desperate to flee the nest and secure a college admission in some place no matter how far away. What is interesting about the film though is the radical difference in the ages of the cast members and of course the female characters, who do seem to have substantial roles and not just as embellishment. All said and done though, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 does have a distinct sitcom-like feel to it. You can almost imagine this concept being stretched into several seasons, mined with gags galore. Jones and Vardalos have moved away from a distinctly Greek aesthetic and have focused on funny family drama. As an ensemble comedy, it somewhat works. But the jokes could have been more in number. Pass the spanakopita, please.
The film was shot in Canada in Toronto's Greektown area.
Elena Kampouris's father is Greek and mother is French-American. Her character, however, the mother is Greek.
Elena Kampouris' father is a huge fan of the original movie, and consequently Elena was quite excited to be in the sequel.
This sequel took over 13 years to be made and contains mostly all of the cast and crew from the first movie.
Mark Margolis from Breaking Bad was a newie added to the cast.
Mark Margolis from Breaking Bad was a newie added to the cast.
The life of Tula Portokalos Miller (Nia Vardalos) is in a bit of shambles. Her travel agency is closed due to the recession, as is the family dry cleaner's; the only thing left open is the restaurant started by her father, Gus (Michael Constantine). Her husband, Ian (John Corbett), is now the principal of the school their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) attends, and Paris is preparing to go to college. Paris has become mortified by the smothering love of not just Toula but everyone else in the family - the fact that they are always there, all of them, even at the university recruiting fair at the high school, is driving her to apply to schools all across the country, not just the local one in Chicago. Ian and Toula are struggling with their marriage because Toula is always trying to "fix" everything that goes wrong with her family, leaving them little time for each other, let alone intimacy. Gus has become convinced that he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great and wants an online ancestry site to confirm this for him. He tries to use the computer to trace this, but decides to go back through his old paper records instead. While sorting through things, he discovers that his wedding certificate was never signed by the priest who married him and Maria (Lainie Kazan) fifty years before - the war left Greece in somewhat of a shambles, no one really checked credentials on priests, and he had really only asked Maria to marry him by saying, "I'm going to America, are you coming?" He is frustrated that his current priest won't just sign the paper, but is willing to renew their vows so that they can be married "officially." Maria initially scoffs at the idea of needing to be married again after fifty years together, but agrees that she will go through with it if only Gus will ask her properly. Gus refuses, and Maria pushes him to the couch in response. When he ends up needing to go to the hospital and Maria refuses to go with him, he publicly pleads with her to marry him, and she agrees. Maria wants the wedding she never had. A wedding planner is hired, but when the family's choices are too wild for her, she quits. The whole family -- including Ian's parents, Rodney and Harriet (Bruce Gray and Fiona Reid) -- pitches in to make it happen. One surprise for the wedding day is Gus' brother, Panos (Mark Margolis), flown over from Greece itself for the ceremony. At first, he argues with Gus like old times, but they embrace over some ouzo and reconcile. Unfortunately, the ouzo continues to flow on the way to the church, resulting in Gus, Panos and Taki (Gerry Mendicino) being giggling drunk at the front of the church. Maria is walked to the front but storms off to the vestry, thinking that Gus isn't taking her seriously. Panos confides to her that Gus needs her, and when she looks out and sees Gus' face light up at the sight of her once more, she agrees to go through with it. Paris has been accepted by both Northwestern in Chicago and NYU in New York City. As she starts to see her mother as really truly loving her, she claims to want to attend Northwestern, but a moment with her great-grandmother (Bess Meisler) makes her realize that she really wants to go to New York. She asks Bennett (Alex Wolff), a boy she has watched from afar to the prom after he is turned down by the girl he had asked himself, and he turns out to also be from a crazy Greek family. Prom is the same night as the wedding, so she attends it with a promise to be at the reception later. Ian and Toula watch Gus and Maria say their vows and be paraded around the altar and make their own wreathes and parade around the vestibule, while Paris and Bennett slow-dance at the prom, leading to their first kiss. At the reception for the wedding, Gus receives a note, ostensibly from the ancestry site, saying that he is indeed a descendant of Alexander the Great, but Ian confirms with Toula that she had forged it to make her father happy. The movie ends with the entire family dropping Paris off in New York City to start college.