Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Big Wedding Review - 2 Stars

Robert De Niro headlines this all star family comedy as the head of a highly dysfunctional household.  Daughter Katherine Heigl has broken with her husband.  Son Topher Grace wonders about his choice to save his virginity.  Live in girlfriend Susan Sarandon wants a ring.  And ex wife Diane Keaton arrives for the wedding of her and De Niro’s adopted son whose deeply religious birth mother is coming from Columbia.  The kid asks De Niro and Keaton to pretend they’re still married in order to placate his birth mother.   Basically a comedy about the manufactured problems of extremely wealthy white people, I can’t feel much sympathy for the characters in “The Big Wedding.”  De Niro looks uncomfortable or maybe I just felt uncomfortable for him.  The situations feel fake and borrowed from other movies.  Occasionally something hits and gets a laugh.  Most of the laughs veer between raunch and slapstick.  Robin Williams shows up as the family priest and of course ends up falling into a lake.  I’d like the minds who dreamed this up to jump in the lake.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Middle aged family comedy.  Is it entertaining?  Some laughs but not a lot.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Mixed review.