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The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding
Starring:
Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Ben Barnes, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace and Robin Williams


Rated: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 26. 2013 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Raunchy films featuring young, good looking stars have made a lot of money recently, so I guess Director Justin Zackham thought it would be a great idea to have a bunch of sixty year olds behaving badly in order to rack up the big bucks.   But, you know you're in for a bumpy ride when the opening scene has Don (Robert DeNiro) involved in a sex scene in his kitchen with girlfriend BeBe (Susan Sarandon)  when his ex-wife Ellie ( Diane Keaton) walks in.   Unfortunately, things don't get much better from there on.
 
He plays a sculptor living in a dreamy lakefront mansion with BeBe. Ellie takes a break from globe-trotting to attend their adopted son  Alejandro's  (Ben Barnes) wedding, and they all end up staying in the same house.   To add to the confusion, Alejandro's birth  mother from Columbia is staying with them and since she's a devote Catholic and doesn't approve of divorce, he persuades Ellie and Don to pretend they are still married.
 
So we have one house with one father who talks a lot about sex, his girlfriend who is catering the reception, his ex-wife who is game for almost anything, his daughter (Katherine Heigl) who hardly speaks to her dad, his son (Topher Grace) who wants to end his celibacy with Alejandro's sister - and then toss in Robin Williams who plays the priest, and you can imagine the chaos.
 
There is plenty of action, but hardly any fun. Don calls his ex disgusting names, he gets punched in the nose a couple of times, the daughter is sullen to everyone and the bride's parents are bigots.   The only one that comes out of this unscathed is Amanda Seyfried, who plays the bride.
 
There's not much to laugh about here, in fact I left feeling a bit embarrassed for these talented actors.

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The Big Wedding  C-   C-   D-                     D+ 

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