By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer
“The Big Wedding,” promises to deliver comedic thrills that will make you laugh right out of your seat.
The hilarious movie opened at number four and earned $7.59 million during its opening weekend, according to the IMDb Charts.
The movie has similarities to the wildly popular, “Father of the Bride,” movie series, starring actor Steve Martin that revolves around a family reuniting for a wedding and the resulting craziness that ensues.
“The Big Wedding” gives an updated twist that includes adoption, divorce, cheating spouses, and other surprises.
Writer, director, producer Justin Zackham, writer of movies such as, “The Bucket List” and “Going Greek, transports you into a world centering around the Griffin’s crazy, funny antics
Zackham builds up the story layer after layer, to reveal the family’s past joys and downfalls.
The element of storytelling leaves you wondering which secret will be revealed next.
For our viewing amusement, the family bickers and swaps jokes around the dinner table, and other family oriented places throughout the movie.
The movie stars Robert De Niro as Don, Katherine Heigl as Lyla and Keaton as Ellie.
De Niro plays the ex-husband to Keaton’s character Ellie and Heigel plays their daughter.
De Niro and Heigl are convincing in their father/daughter relationship, a compliment to both of their acting skills.
Their dynamics between the two are at their strongest when they discuss past issues and struggle to bond, a strong point for the movie and also a reason for you to watch it.
Heigl and De Niro’s scenes create some of the most tender and emotionally charged moments in the movie.
Actors Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace and Susan Sarandon also round out the cast.
The cast is convincing as a family which leaves you with the impression that your family is just the same. The cast transports you into a convincing, amusing and chaotic world.
“The Big Wedding” emhances your movie watching experience with an abundance of silly dialogue.
The first scene shows the family house offset by a lake.
A seemingly calm veneer quickly fades with the family’s reunion.
The cast often deliver their lines quickly and intentionally jumping on each other’s lines, heightening the humor during some scenes.
Their acting skills are at their strongest during the group scenes when the family discusses past problems, often bickering and swapping jokes.
A few family secrets will also come to light that will both surprise and entertain you.
Editor Jon Corn does a great job spotlighting the comedic moments, cutting the scenes right at the perfect moment and emphasizing the jokes that have reached a feverish pitch.
“The Big Wedding” ends on a high note and possibly sets this movie up for a sequel.
It will be sure to leave viewers wanting more in hopes to hit the theaters again for “The Big Wedding 2.”
Grab your wallet, rush to the local theater near you, and join in on the wacky, family fun that will make you laugh so hard your sides will hurt.