Verdict: A sequel that struggled to live up to the standards of the original.
The Greek life of the Portokalos family is back. This time the family has gotten bigger, louder, and a lot closer. The original version of this film turned out to be an unexpected blockbuster. It was directed by Joel Zwick and the screenplay was written by Nia Vardalos. After 14 years, Vardalos is back with the sequel that might just charm you, only if you don’t mind watching stereotypical characters cracking recycled jokes filled with glugs of ‘Greekness‘.
The movie starts by showing how things have hardly changed since the last movie. The families still live next to each other, hang out at the same old family restaurant – Dancing Zorba’s, and never fail to come together to be there for their family members. The only difference is that all the kids from the first movie have grown up, and the families have expanded, with kids starting their own families. Now, their children carry on the family’s Greek traditions.
This film explores the second innings of the life of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos). She is exploring motherhood and is finding it difficult to let go of her little birdie, Paris (Elena Kampouris), while trying to spice things up with her husband, Ian (John Corbett). The birdie, on the other hand is all grown up and craving some space in this extra tight-knit family. In order to do that, Paris applies to several universities that would take her far and away from her intrusive family. So, Toula and her husband try their best to convince their daughter to apply to universities closer to home.
While that is happening, Toula’s father, Gus (Michael Constantine) gets fixated on finding a nice Greek boyfriend for Paris. That annoys Paris even more, and affirms her decision of going to a far-off university. Gus is also struck with another obsession of tracing his ancestral roots that connect him with Alexander the Great. Classic Gus! While he is busy researching that, he realizes that he hasn’t registered his marriage. Which technically means that he and his wife, Maria (Lainie Kazan) were never married. Will they end up having a big fat Greek wedding? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
The overall storyline of this film is predictable but the cast has made a good effort by switching on their Greek mode. This film has all those elements that will take you back to the chaotic and fun moments from the first film. The way the film is written and shot, it almost seems like Nia Vardalos and Kirk Jones were trying to turn this film into the next “Father of the Bride” series.
Why should you watch this movie:
Watch this movie because you liked the first movie and want to see what will happen next. This is a typical romantic comedy, best suited for slumber-parties or for one of those days when you want to watch a movie, just to cure your chronic boredom.