My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 | Chicago Reader

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This unnecessary sequel reunites most of the cast from the 2002 indie sensation and then lazily recycles its narrative, score, themes, catchphrases, and sight gags almost beat for beat. Instead of the traditional Greek father (Michael Constantine) imploring his middle-aged daughter (Nia Vardalos, who also scripted) to find a husband before she gets "too old," he repeats the line to her 17-year-old daughter (Elena Kampouris), but his ploy doesn't work. Vardalos and Kampouris appear uncomfortable together, as if they're trying on their roles as helicopter mom and angsty teen, whereas most of the returning players struggle to dust off their characters' quirks and stay animated. Andrea Martin's uncouth Aunt Voula is still a riot, and Vardalos still strikes sparks with hunky John Corbett, but the cuckoo magic that made the original film a sleeper hit has been diluted to fit a Hollywood paradigm of soppy, unimaginative nostalgia bait. Kirk Jones directed.

Credits

Director:

  • Kirk Jones

Cast:

  • Nia Vardalos
  • John Corbett
  • Michael Constantine
  • Lainie Kazan
  • Andrea Martin
  • Gia Carides
  • Joey Fatone
  • Elena Kampouris
  • Alex Wolff
  • Louis Mandylor
  • Bess Meisler
  • Bruce Gray
  • Fiona Reid
  • Ian Gomez
  • Jayne Eastwood
  • Rob Riggle
  • Mark Margolis
  • Rita Wilson
  • John Stamos
  • Jeanie Calleja
  • Michael Sofos
  • Stavroula Logothettis
  • Leonidas Castrounis
  • Peter Tharos

Producers:

  • Rita Wilson
  • Gary Goetzman
  • Tom Hanks
  • Paul Brooks
  • Scott Niemeyer
  • Steven Shareshian
  • Nia Vardalos

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