14 years after the release of the first film, we are brought back into the life of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and her very big and very Greek family. After the financial climate forced the Travel Agency to shut, we find Toula back working in her parents’ restaurant. Any free time is spent running around after her ageing parents and being an over-bearing mother to 15 year old Paris (Elena Kampouris), thus causing marital problems between Toula and Ian (John Corbett) as well as tension between Toula and Paris. However when it emerges that Toula’s parents’ marriage certificate was never signed another wedding is soon in the works, can this big fat Greek wedding help to bring Toula’s family together?
My friends were all very excited about the release of this film having loved the first one and upon finding out that I had never seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding they promptly sat me down and forced me to watch it! I’m glad they did as it’s a very funny film and there are a few references in this latest offering that links back to the first so I would have been a little confused! I’m happy to say that Greek 2 is just as good as the first – something which my friends were worried about, nothing worse than a disappointing sequel! The actual wedding aspect is only really introduced about halfway through, with the main focus being on Toula working at the lack of romance in her marriage and her struggle to let Paris leave home for college.
There are a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout as well as some touching emotional scenes from all members of the extended family. Every character from the first film is back – including Mana-Yiayia who we were surprised to see still alive! – the best by far is Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) as her loud presence and boisterous, if invasive, mannerisms often result in some of the funniest lines in the film. Toula’s parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) are still very much in charge of the whole family and love to get involved in everyone’s business. One of the best scenes (and something which I think all of our generation can relate too!) is when Toula attempts to teach Gus how to use the computer, I can guarantee you will be crying with laughter!
Overall the storyline is nothing adventurous, but there is something about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 that leaves you with a feel-good vibe. It’s quite simply a charming film and sometimes that is exactly what you want to watch. If you liked the first film then you will definitely love this one, though it’s probably more of a girly film!