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I really enjoyed “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” which came out in 2002.
Written by and starring Nia Vardalos, it was the story of a daughter in a big Greek family who finally finds her true love. It was sweet and funny. And who, except for the most jaded, doesn’t like a story of a person finding their one true love?
Earlier this spring, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was released, again written and starring Vardalos. The story picks up several years later. Toula (Vardalos) and her husband Ian (John Corbett) are trying to get the spark back in their marriage. Their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) is rebelling against family life as she decides where to go to college.
Meanwhile, Toula’s mom (Lainie Kazan) and father, Nick (Michael Constantine), find out they weren’t officially married. A big secon wedding is planned.
There are some very funny moments in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and some sweet moments as well. But the overall feel of the film doesn’t feel original. One gets the feeling Of been there, done that.
That being said, shelling out $1.50 at Redbox for a DVD made for a pleasant viewing experience with family in town. If I had gone to the theater and made more of an investment, I would have been disappointed.
Andrea Martin is also back as Voula, Toula’s aunt. The movie was directed by Kirk Jones and produced by Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman, who has worked with Hanks on such HBO programs as “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Wilson, an actress with a long and impressive resume, has a part in the movie as well.

RATING — ** 1/2 stars