My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Reviews – Is it Worth Watching?
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is back with a second serving of hijinks in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”
The film about family, food and love was a huge sleeper hit in 2002. With a successful history and the return of stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, this sequel has been hotly anticipated … for years and years.
So is the release date on Friday cause for “Opa!” or “No-pa?” The critics weigh in on whether or not “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is worth watching.
Many My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reviews reveal a reception for the Kirk Jones-directed film that’s lukewarm at best, and Rotten Tomatoes gives it an anemic 20 percent rating.
“The winking ethnic jokes weren’t all that revolutionary in the first film, and this time around, they feel even more stale … The 2016 edition feels more like the short-lived, ill-received TV spin-off ‘My Big Fat Greek Life’: overly broad and ultimately unfunny. The result is a tired and unnecessary retread that not even a healthy spritz of Windex can cure.” — Entertainment Weekly, Devan Coggan
At the very least, some say the film does its duty of providing light humor, aww-worthy romance and a sense of familiarity.
“Considering the fourteen-year gap between installments, Vardalos doesn’t seem to have put a whole lot of effort into the script, as the above summary indicates. On the other hand, why should she, since the original wasn’t exactly a hotbed of originality either. … Vardalos and Corbett display the relaxed romantic chemistry that made them so endearing to audiences in the first film.” — The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Reviews: A Reunion for Fans
Others say that fans of the cast will likely be invested in the film one way or another, but it would essentially take a miracle for it to receive the same success as its predecessor.
“Critics didn’t exactly flip for Vardalos’ feature length ethnic joke-cum-romantic comedy when it first opened, and no one predicted that it would garner phenomenal word-of-mouth B.O. success or multiple award nominations. So all the critical carping in the world may not matter a damn where this follow-up is concerned, either. Still, it’s just about impossible to imagine lightning striking twice — especially since Vardalos seems to have used up all her best Greek-specific gags the first time around.” Variety, Geoff Berkshire