The Big Wedding

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The Big Wedding

Putting the ‘retch’ into ‘wretched’, this wedding comedy makes the fatal assumption that the sight of acting icons of a certain age – Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton – behaving badly will have us rolling in the aisles. De Niro plays Don, a successful sculptor who is persuaded to pretend he’s still married to his snippy ex-wife (Keaton) to avoid offending their son’s future mother-in-law, a strict Catholic.

Even if they can pull it off, the ruse will seriously piss off Don’s current partner Bebe (Sarandon). Not to mention reopen old wounds for the rest of his kids – including workaholic exec Lyla (Katherine Heigl), who is herself on the verge of divorce. It’s not the sheer predictability of the ensuing frolics that’s hardest to take, or even the dismal attempts at humour (cunnilingus, stiffies, hand-jobs: really?), but the sheer misery of watching actors you once respected demean themselves in such utterly worthless fodder.

By: Trevor Johnston


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Wednesday May 29 2013
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Justin Zackham
Cast: Robert De Niro
Amanda Seyfried
Katherine Heigl

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1.3 / 5

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It's a farce. Not a very good one, but not a very bad one either, and at least it knows when time's up unlike so many of it's ilk


I think the reviewer does protest too much. Ok this isn't great, it isn't even good but as far as wedding comedies goes it is not the worst. Yes the characters are walking talking cliches and yes at timesthe humour is very recycled with every subplot being signposted well in advance and they all end up nice and tidily at the end. We have seen it all before but it passes the time. I laughed a little more than I expected and much more than the review would have you think. I wouldn't pay top price for it and if you watch it at anytime other than a bargain matinee or on Wednesday with the 2 for 1 deal you will probably feel short changed. A fair 2 stars.