The Big Wedding is exactly what it claims, a massive ensemble cast with the acting talent of some of the biggest names in film and television. However, the thin and rather eccentric storyline makes it more a comedy of errors, awkward moments and dirty secrets.
The story begins as Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) and the Griffin children gather at the house of Don Griffin (Robert De Niro) and his current long-term girlfriend (Susan Sarandon) for the wedding of their adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes), to ‘Missy’ O’Connor (Amanda Seyfried). The comedy begins shortly thereafter as the young Alejandro remembers that his Roman Catholic birth-mother (who is attending the wedding) is fiercely against divorce, so he devises a plan to prevent her from believing ‘her only child has been raised by heathens’. This scheme sends the household into a spin and sets off an explosion of family conflicts, secret revelations and comical confrontations.
It is rather hard to formulate an opinion on this film with more odd moments than funny ones. As the film draws to a close more and more bizarre and incestuous secrets are revealed, and it can make you feel slightly embarrassed that you are still laughing.
The cinematography and editing is really not bad at all. It is a pretty standard middle of the range comedy that has every ability to be a real humdinger, but the transparent storyline prevents it from being something really worth watching again and thus cannot earn anymore praise than that of the original 2006 French comedy Mon frère se marie (My brother is getting married), which The Big Wedding is based on.
Depending on your temperament and constitution this film could either be right up your alley, a mega cringe or an utter bore, but for the majority of us this film would simply be classed as a mediocre onetime watch.