On March 25, 2016, one of the most highly anticipated sequels of the last few years finally arrives. And no, I’m not talking about Batman v Superman, it’s… My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2!… Ok, so maybe “highly anticipated” was a bit of an overstatement.
Now I’ve never seen the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but clearly though, I am the odd man out and everybody (who are probably your parents) went to see it as the 2002 film went on to make $368 million off just a $5 million budget. In the US alone it made $241 million, making it the highest earning rom-com in American history. And with that kind of commercial success it should come as no surprise that a sequel was greenlit.
What is surprising is that it’s actually happening after 13 years! I mean, there’s no rabid fan base out there demanding this happen now, and the original hasn’t exactly gone on to become a cult classic waiting to be revived. But here we are. And your mom or elderly aunt probably can’t be happier.
Either way, this sequel checks back in with Toula and Ian (Nia Vardalos and John Corbett) a number of years since their titular wedding of the first film. But now the titular wedding belongs to Toula’s parents who discover that because of a clerical mishap they’re actually not married and need to tie the knot all over again. Plus there’s Toula and Ian’s now grown-up daughter who has some big fat Greek family problems of her own.
Most of the original film’s cast, including John Stamos and Rita Wilson, returns for this second run around more than a decade later, which Vardalos once again scripted. This time around though veteran TV director Joel Zwick isn’t in the director’s chair any more, having handed over to Kirk Jones (What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Nanny McPhee).
Last Updated: November 13, 2015