Film: The Big Wedding

Opened: April 26, 2013

Directed by: Justin Zackham

Starring: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Ana Ayora, Patricia Rae, Kyle Bornheimer, Megan Ketch & Robin Williams

Although this ensemble cast has quite an extensive line of success, they can’t save The Big Wedding from the script full of contrived humor.

Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Amanda Seyfried) are getting married, but Alejandro has to deal with his eclectic family. He invites his conservative birth mother Madonna (Patricia Rae) but doesn’t tell her that his long-divorced adopted parents Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) have separated, making them fake their relationship for the weekend.

The cast is charming, and they do bring some genuine humor. However, so much of the storyline feels forced and far-fetched with different reveals being added for shock value, while other parts are predictable right from the start.

Luckily, there’s some heart in this and you’ll have tears by the end.

Final say: A wedding RSVP you’ll probably want to decline. ★★☆☆☆

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