The Big Wedding (2013)
Dave’s 3-Word Review:
The Big Failure
You have to just love it when A-Class actors play in a movie together…or not. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of ensemble cast pictures unless they are animated. However, every time I watch one of them, I hold on to the hope that it will be great. I am, however, let down almost every single time. Is it a curse? Perhaps. All that I really know is that the latest ensemble cast film has indeed fallen victim to this curse, which may or may not actually exist. That films is The Big Wedding starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Susan Surandon, Diane Keaton, Katherin Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, and Topher Grace.
The big “wedding” being referenced in the title refers to the upcoming union between Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Seyfried). The ceremony is being held at Alejandro’s adoptive parents’ house where “hilarious” mishaps and family turmoil is sure to take place. Mishaps that include Topher Grace’s character trying to romantically get with his adoptive brother’s biological sister (in order to lose his virginity), adultery from the parents (De Niro and Keaton), Heigl’s character throwing up on people, and just…sex jokes all around.
The thing about this film is that it is extremely predictable, but no one cares. There are so many characters with so many problems, and so many things going on their lives that it just becomes a hassle to even pay attention to, or even care about. You would think that the primary focus would be on the couple getting married…but it’s not. Everyone seems to get equal screen time and no one appears to be the “star”, or main character. Instead, what you get are numerous characters in a jumbled up plot that is ineffectively being jumbled about.
The actors also seem to be taken straight out of other films. We have seen Katherine Heigl in enough chick flicks to accurately predict how her story will turn out from the moment the film begins. We have seen Robin Williams as a preacher in another marriage comedy (License to Wed). We have seen Topher Grace act like a pervert before (That 70’s Show). We have seen Amanda Seyfried in a number of chick flicks before, one of which pops out when thinking about an upcoming wedding (Mama Mia). And hardy, har, har, old people being inappropriate sexually to mess with the audience’s mind. If I had a nickel for every predictable and cliché moment in this movie, I’d be rich. There just is nothing unique about The Big Wedding!
The very best thing I can say about the movie, and this is stretching it, is that it looked okay visually. It didn’t look amazing, nor great, but it did look…okay. It was a typical marriage comedy, and those typically look the same, and this is no exception. It didn’t look cheap or bad, it was just executed that way through the acting and writing. Where I would normally also say it was cool to see all of the actors together…I just can’t say that this time around with good conscience. They aren’t being original; they aren’t being memorable; they are just collecting a paycheck. If you are going to this movie to see the actors, I don’t know what to tell you other than “don’t”. Instead, get their other films that are actually good, because these actors have the proven ability to be great…just not here.
Because I have seen really horrible films that shouldn’t even see the light of day, I can’t say this movie is horrible. All I can really say is that it is clearly lazy. It’s like a big poorly-done montage film of bits of other marriage comedies thrown together. The acting was weak, the writing wasn’t intelligent, and it was just…all around…pretty bad. I would stay away from this one if all possible.
::what others had to say::
“Lame jokes routinely fall flat, and there’s far more family drama than you’ll care to sit through. ” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews
“The problem with this movie and it’s editing is that it feels as if somebody didn’t quite know what movie they wanted to make.” – Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews