Robert De Niro     Diane Keaton     Susan Sarandon     Katherine Heigl     Amanda Seyfried


Topher Grace     Robin Williams     Ben Barnes

THE Big WEDDING

 This is a farce that pokes fun at American’s common beliefs about the sanctity of marriage.  It is written to be glib, and every line seems to come right off a comedy writer’s pen.  It was amusing to me to hear the audience giggle throughout the film in the screening I attended; if any one of the pronouncements, accusations, and intrigues happened at their own wedding, they would be so shocked it would end up being a disaster.  But, then, maybe it is so funny because the things that occur in the movie are things they normally dread and make them anxious—things like infidelity and alcoholism.

 The actors are a stunning crew, with De Niro playing his now frequent role of the tenderhearted father who is a bit of a blow-hard, although I must say, it’s a little hard seeing him as a sculptor.  Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon match him in their womanly wiles, and Robin Williams is one of the most unlikely of priests (except maybe for William H. Macy in The Sessions).  The younger actors hold up their end with fine performances by Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, and Ben Barnes playing the roles of adult children.  

 The sets are beautiful; the film was shot in Connecticut in a huge home with tasteful furnishings.  The film is actually a remake of a Swiss film written and directed by one of the writers of this version, Jean-Stephane Bron, entitled Mon Frere se Marie (My Brother is Getting Married).  The writer of the screenplay and director of The Big Wedding is Justin Zackham (The Bucket List and Going Greek).

 This type of movie is not especially appealing to me personally, but if you like absurd farces with quick barbs and rejoinders, you may get a kick out of The Big Wedding.

Grade:  C  By:  Donna R. Copeland