My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: The Family Returns for More Fun

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 returns the entire cast to the big screen for more Greek fun as long-awaited sequel to the hit romantic comedy is released. When My Big Fat Greek Wedding opened in limited in April 2002 before going wide in August, it took the country by storm as it became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of time with $241,438,208 at the box office when the run ended nearly a year later.

(L to R) Cousin Nikki (GIA CARIDES), Toula (NIA VARDALOS), Ian (JOHN CORBETT), Aunt Voula (ANDREA MARTIN), Uncle Taki (GERRY MENDICINO), Aunt Freida (MARIA VACRATSIS), Mana-Yiayia (BESS MEISLER), Athena (STAVROULA LOGOTHETTIS), Maria (LAINIE KAZAN), Cousin Marianthi (KATHRYN HAGGIS), Gus (MICHAEL CONSTANTINE), Cousin Angelo (JOEY FATONE) and Nick (LOUIS MANDYLOR) return in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” the highly anticipated follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos, Vardalos leads a cast that includes Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Bruce Gray, Fiona Reid, Ian Gomez, Jayne Eastwood, Mark Margolis, with Andrea Martin and Michael Constantine. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman return as producers.

This time around, the Portokalos is carrying around a secret that is so big that it leads to an even bigger Greek wedding. Audiences embraced their family so well in 2002 because the characters related to them because we see our own families in this small clan. Everyone has problems of their own and our favorite Greek family takes those problems to the next level.

New to the big screen family are Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Jeanie Calleja, Rob Riggle, Mark Margolis, Rita Wilson, and John Stamos. Kampouris joins the family as Ian and Toula’s 17-year-old daughter, Paris. She’s headstrong and doesn’t appreciate how close her family is but she begins to embrace what her family means to her even as she decides whether to stay in Chicago or move away for college.

Some sequels don’t work well but as predictable as this one may be, it works. The first one is still the best one but this one holds its own just fine. The entire core cast from the first movie returned for the sequel many of them have not been in the same room together until production started. What shows through the script is the pressure that Vardalos’ Toula places on herself as both a mother, wife, and daughter. She wants to be at every school event, spend time with her husband, and help take care of her parents. As much as she tries to be everywhere, the reality is that she can’t. This leads to her wanting some private time with Corbett’s Ian…the scenes are just as funny as in the trailer. The struggle really comes down to this: how do you love but learn to let go?

At a time where there is a big debate about the gender gap in the entertainment industry, Vardalos gives us a film that is pro-women but not anti-man. There are a substantial number of roles for women in the movie while the story also serves the men well, too.