The Big Wedding
|The Big Wedding|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Justin Zackham|
|Produced by||Justin Zackham
Harry J. Ufland
|Screenplay by||Justin Zackham|
|Based on||Mon frère se marie
by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan
|Starring||Robert De Niro
|Music by||Nathan Barr|
|Editing by||Jon Corn|
|Studio||Two Ton Films
|Running time||89 minutes|
The Big Wedding is a 2013 American romantic comedy film directed by Justin Zackham. It is an American remake of the original 2006 French film Mon Frère se Marie (fr) (My Brother is Getting Married), written by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan.
The film stars a large ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams. It was released on April 26, 2013 by Lionsgate in the United States and Canada.
Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were a New England couple married for twenty years before they divorced. They have three children from their marriage – Lyla (Katherine Heigl), Jared (Topher Grace), and adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes), who was from Colombia.
In preparation for Alejandro's wedding, Ellie arrives a at Don's (and her old) home, and lets herself in. She interrupts Don just as he is about to perform cunnilingus on Bebe (Susan Sarandon), his girlfriend of eight years (and Ellie's former best friend). All are embarrassed, but they make small talk, and he shows Ellie to her room. Meanwhile, Alejandro and his fiancée Missy (Amanda Seyfried) are meeting with Father Moinighan (Robin Williams), the priest who will be marrying them. It is revealed that Alejandro's biological mother Madonna (Patricia Rae) is going to be coming from Colombia to the wedding, which upsets Alejandro since he does not have a "traditional" family, and his Catholic mother would not approve of that or the fact that Don and Ellie had been divorced.
Lyla, who reveals she is separated, goes to the hospital and sees her 29-year-old brother Jared, an OB, after passing out. They talk and it is revealed that he is a virgin and is waiting for the "right one". Back at home, Alejandro tells Ellie about his mother coming to the wedding. Explaining that since she is a devout Catholic and doesn't believe in divorce, Alejandro asks Ellie and Don to pretend to be married for the next three days. Hearing this, Bebe becomes upset and leaves the house, clearly upset at Don. Alejandro's mother arrives with his biological 20 year-old sister, Nuria (Ana Ayora). Later, Nuria flirts with Jared, after she brazenly strips naked to skinnydip in the family's lake as he watches.
That evening, the family goes out to dinner with Missy and her parents Muffin (Christine Ebersole) and Barry (David Rasche), and Bebe shows up as their waitress, which surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Nuria starts fondling Jared under the table, and Ellie sees Nuria giving Jared a handjob. She brings Nuria to the restroom for a chat, telling her that American women behave differently with men. When they arrive home, Jared tells Nuria he wants to have sex, as she had suggested earlier, but she tells him "No", asking him instead to do romantic things for her such as read her poetry. Don and Ellie, meanwhile, end up having sex after Ellie, still pretending to be Don's wife, sleeps in Don's room.
Ellie and Madonna go for a walk in the woods and talk. Neither understands the other's language, though they think they are communicating on some level. At the same time, Don and Lyla talk privately and Lyla reveals she is pregnant. On the wedding day, before the ceremony, Don tells Bebe he had sex with Ellie. Bebe says she forgives them but then punches him in the face. She also reveals that Ellie cheated on Don with Missy's father before Don cheated on her. Muffin says that she knows about Ellie and Barry, and tells them that she is bisexual, implying that she is interested in a sexual affair with both Bebe and Ellie. Meanwhile, Missy and Alejandro have decided to get married on the family dock to escape the chaos. The family runs after them and, after some of them fall into the lake, the wedding reception is on.
During the reception, Jared goes upstairs to talk to Nuria, who tells him she has decided to no longer follow Ellie's advice (about not being so available sexually), and they sleep together. Back at the reception, Ellie and Bebe have made up. Don surprises Bebe by proposing to her, and they get married on the spot. Lyla's husband Andrew (Kyle Bornheimer) arrives at the wedding and, upon finding out that Lyla is pregnant, makes up with her. Alejandro's mother realizes she has been lied to about his family and he runs after her as she starts to leave. But she reveals that her own past was not as pure as he thought, that she too had lied to protect him, and she forgives him.
Time passes, as before the end credits roll it is revealed that Lyla has had a daughter named Jane, because Don attaches a plaque with her name to their family tree.
- Robert De Niro as Don Griffin
- Diane Keaton as Ellie Griffin
- Susan Sarandon as Bebe McBride
- Katherine Heigl as Lyla Griffin
- Robin Williams as Father Moinighan
- Ben Barnes as Alejandro Griffin
- Amanda Seyfried as Melissa "Missy" O'Connor
- Topher Grace as Jared Griffin
- Christine Ebersole as Muffin
- Patricia Rae as Madonna Soto
- Ana Ayora as Nuria Soto
- Kyle Bornheimer as Andrew
- David Rasche as Barry
- Megan Ketch as Jane
The film was previously titled The Wedding. It is an American remake of the original 2006 French film Mon frère se marie (My brother is getting married) written by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan.
The film received largely negative critic reviews. Despite a 42% Audience Score, The Big Wedding holds a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews with the site's consensus stating that its "all-star cast is stranded in a contrived, strained plot that features broad stabs at humor but few laughs." On Metacritic, the film scores 28% based on reviews from 32 critics. One observer pointed out that The Big Wedding's reviews are among the worst of the year. Lou Lumenick of the New York Post wrote, "'I'd rather gouge my eyes out with hot spoons!' De Niro exclaims at one point. I'm not sure exactly what he was talking about, but I'd like to think it referred to the prospect of being forced to watch The Big Wedding."
According to business outlets, the movie "was a massive flop at theaters". It opened with a disastrous $7.5 million at 2,633 North American locations, leading one observer to state, "Expect domestic exhibitors to file for divorce in the very near future." Another commentator stated that "There's little reason to suspect it will stick around any longer than theater owners are contractually obligated to keep it."
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