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Fourteen years after the original, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 returns, released nationwide on March 25, bringing all of the same characters, but there is one very important missing ingredient: fun.
In 2002, MBFGW became a cultural phenomenon, it earned an Oscar nod for star Nia Vardalos’ original screenplay and “My Big Fat” became a common saying, used in front of various different nouns.
This time, that may have backfired for the sequel as it’s being called “My Big Fat Letdown,” “My Big Fat Waste of Time,” and so on and so on.
Jocelyn Noveck sums up her letdown for the Associated Press with, “Ever been to a wedding where you don’t know anyone very well? It’s pretty deadly, no matter how good the food or the band might be. Everyone’s laughing really hard at jokes you don’t find funny, or even understand.
“On the other hand, if you know and love everyone, you’ll have fun even if the champagne is flat and the canapes soggy. And that, dear moviegoer, is about as deep as we need to go in analyzing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, an overstuffed, under-achieving sequel that took more than a decade to come to the screen.”
Us Weekly’s Mara Reinstein writes, “It is with great pain and sorrow to announce that the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a Big Fat Waste of Time. Do not RSVP. Do not check the registry and send gifts.”
“Everything that was once endearing about this bustling family now irritates,” she adds. “A jam-packed backyard roast to welcome the new in-laws is credible; that same entire fam showing up to Paris’ college fair — and threatening an admissions offer from Northwestern University — is just silly…as far as this franchise is concerned, it’s time for a divorce.”
Not everyone was disappointed, however.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck says that while it’s “formulaic,” it’s “hard to resist,” noting that “Vardalos and (John) Corbett display the relaxed romantic chemistry that made them so endearing to audiences in the first film.”
If you’re big fans of the pair, perhaps it’s worth a go, though you might want to consider the dismal 26% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes first and save it for movie night at home.