Warning: This movie is rated R/ above 18 years of age
Verdict: Predictable but with laughs
A very average story-line with too many characters but still funny at parts.
A very overdone story of how messed up (not to be stereotypical or anything) American families can get. So being a film about a family coming together for a wedding, there were way too many characters so that we only get a short shallow glimpse at each of their life stories.
Don (Robert De Niro) has a girlfriend, Bebe (Susan Sarandon) after divorcing his ex-wife, Ellie (Diane Keaton) whom he has 2 children with; Lyla (Katherine Heigl) and Jared (Topher Grace) plus their adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes). They get together for the wedding of Alejandro to Missy (Amanda Seyfried) whose parents Barry (David Rashe) and Muffin (Christine Ebersole) have known Alejandro’s parents for a long time. Alejandro’s real mother, Madonna (Patricia Rae) flies in for the wedding with her daughter and his sister, Nuria (Ana Ayora) and she is a strict catholic who does not believe in divorces, so for the sake of keeping the harmony, Don and Ellie must pretend to be still married. Father Moinighan (Robin Williams) is officiating the wedding.
As you can see, a lot of big names, and that was one of the reasons that attracted me to this show in the first place. But as I typed the above paragraph out, I realized that I didn’t know a few of their screen names- this just goes to show that there were too many characters and it would’ve probably been better to focus just on the wedding couple.
Robin Williams seem to like playing the role of the priest and though he was funny in License to Wed, here he did not get much screen time and was just an extra really.
Though the good thing is that it was still quite entertaining with a few laughs every once in a while. There was once or twice where I slapped my knee while laughing. This is the kind of film where when its at the climax the writers just add a whole bunch of complications just for the heck of it.
Another criticism, the end just kind of ended abruptly. I get it in the sense that with some people it might be funny, but it wasn’t for me. It was just like, “that’s it, thank you for watching.”
To sum up:
PROS: Funny at times, a lot of big names
CONS: Too many characters, overdone story-line
I give this a 6.5/10.
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P.S. My friends and I watched this with a few other people (8 or so) in the cinema and when we laughed, we were the only ones. I don’t know if it’s because we laughed too loud but it certainly felt like it. Just to give you an idea of how others saw the film (judging by their lack of noise).