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Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams give outstanding performances in this uproarious romantic comedy. When long-divorced parents (De Niro and Keaton) are forced to reunite and play the "happy couple" at their son's wedding, they must confront their past, present, and future—as the celebration threatens to turn into a full-blown fiasco!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 101
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 94
- Average Rating: 2.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Many Hollywood films are founded on privilege, but few are as open and nasty about their racism, misogyny, and homophobia. It's a feel-good movie for people who only comfortable around people who look and act just like them.
Rotten: It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.
Rotten: Barring a few off-color jokes, though, the movie feels like a Carol Burnett sketch dragged out to feature length.
Rotten: It never feels real, and its only saving grace is that it clocks in at a mercifully short 90 minutes, which is just about the amount of time you need to realize you never want to see these characters ever again.
A TRULY HORRENDOUS ROMANTIC COMEDY
"The Big Wedding" is a tasteless, uninspired romantic comedy with all the subtlety and sophistication of a big bag of manure. It's so vile in its humor and so utterly devoid of any real charm or laughs that it does nothing but make a mockery of its all-star cast for 90 minutes, stranding them in one of the most contrived and unoriginal plots imaginable. Robert De Niro - whose forays into comedy are almost always hit and miss - plays Don, a semi-retired sculptor involved in a longtime relationship with Bebe (Susan Sarandon). In their tasteless house populated by pug pictures, we open to this couple in the midst of a disgusting sex act, interrupted by his former wife Ellie (Diane Keaton). After this downright stomach-churning scene, the bar is already set for this apparent comedy, with its plethora of lewd, tiresome gags and bland performances. De Niro and Keaton have an adopted son named Alejandro (Ben Barnes) who is all set to marry Missy (Amanda Seyfried). The Colombian-born offspring decides that he wants his biological mother present at the wedding. However, she's a devout Catholic who doesn't believe in divorce. This leads to a weekend where De Niro pretends, unfortunately, to still be married to Keaton. Predictably, family chaos ensues. Rarely is a movie so unpleasant to behold, yet Justin Zackham should probably be commended for managing to muster such an impressive list of all-star names for such a tired old tale. It adopts the basic structure of an average romantic comedy, setting itself up as 2013's "Meet the Fockers," where family politics play out against lame comic scenarios. Yet, for all the faults of Jay Roach's "Focker" films, they're practically Oscar-worthy by comparison. The younger cast, which includes an embarrassingly bad set of performances from Katherine Heigl and Topher Grace, is just as exasperating. Both are given obnoxious characters with dull backstories, including Grace playing a twenty-something virgin desperate to sleep with Alejandro's beautiful sister (Ana Ayora) and Heigl portraying an egotistical woman taking her marriage crisis out on everyone around her. Robin Williams also offers up his truly unfunny shtick as a drunken Catholic priest, adding to the carnage of this car-crash comedy. Basically, every character here (besides the forgettable bride and groom) provides their own form of endless, painful detestability, with De Niro coming off particularly badly as a randy old man who'll do anything to have sex. And the script, with its awful jokes and lowbrow cynicism, is equally terrible, if not worse than the ensemble cast. Honestly, there's nothing really left for me to say about this disturbing excuse for a "comedy" other than the fact that it's a complete waste of time. The performances aren't charming in the least, the humor is stupefyingly lazy, and the predictable, slapstick-filled plot is too boring to keep anyone's interest afloat. Please, for the sake of all your brain cells, don't make the same mistake I did by watching this cynical trash. It's just not worth it.
The Big Wedding
Loved this movie, not the most unique plot but funny and charming nonetheless!
I really wanted to like this movie. The cast is fantastic and consists of some of my all time favorite actors/actresses. Despite all of the talent, this movie didn't quite gel together and many of the scenes that were supposed to be funny ended up just being awkward and I was bored.