Make a movie with stars Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, and I don’t really care whether its a drama/comedy/action movie, I’ll plan on seeing it. Thanks to Lionsgate, I attended an advanced press screening of “The Big Wedding” with a friend on Wednesday night at no cost to us. There were wedding themed cocktails, beautiful jewelry by Kendra Scott, and a photo area with fun props!
Lionsgate says “THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.” The keyword here is “modern.”
Meet the Griffins, there’s the patriarch of the family Don Griffin (DeNiro), a sculptor with an appreciation for all things beautiful, especially women. Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) the mother of the groom, well one of the groom’s mothers anyway. Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is the Griffins adopted son from Colombia, and the groom. Daughter Lyla (Katherine Heigl) the older sister, she and her father have a rocky father and daughter relationship, and she’s dealing with issues in her own marriage. Jared, is the younger brother, a 29 year old doctor and the only virgin in the entire bunch!
Don and Ellie are divorced and haven’t seen each other in 10 years. When Ellie comes into town for Alejandro’s wedding, her first encounter with her ex-husband is a little unusual, and definitely uncomfortable. Don and Ellie’s replacement, former best friend BeBe (Susan Surandon) are about to get busy in the kitchen, when BeBe notices Ellie trying to sneak out of the house. As if that wouldn’t be awkward enough, Don’s verbal description of what he wants to do to BeBe is quite detailed. I never thought I’d hear Robert DeNiro say “poon job.”
Things between Ellie and BeBe are relatively normal, considering BeBe stole her husband and has been living in her house with him for the last 10 years. Well as normal as possible, until Alejandro tells his parents they need to pretend to be married for the weekend. An incredibly ironic situation considering Alejandro refuses to lie to Father Moinighan (Robin Williams) on “principle”, yet he’s willing to orchestrate a charade for his strict Catholic mother Madonna. (Patricia Rae)
Remember how I said “modern” is the keyword? That’s because the film is filled with sexual humor, a few racist remarks, and language I can’t imagine most families ever using. At one point Jared (Topher Grace) says he never thought his Mom would be “c***blocking him”, I can’t even imagine a son using that term with his mother. Between comments of “brown children” referring to Alejadro’s future offspring, and a lot of cursing in the cofessional, I can’t imagine someone not being offended. Of course I grew up in the south, in a southern Baptist household, so maybe I just have an ultra conservative background.
While it seemed the audience laughed throughout, I was mostly disappointed in the comedic performance by Robin Williams. And as a Robert DeNiro fan, I prefer seeing him in more dramatic roles, versus slapstick comedy. Despite the talented cast, no one’s performance really stood out for me. Now with that being said, my friend thought the movie was hilarious and repeatedly said she can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so she can add it to her collection.