I had never heard of The Big Wedding in 2013 despite so many famous actors being part of the movie. Despite wanting to see it because Robin Williams was in it, I had heard critical opinion was pretty bad.
The story begins with the Griffin family, and their adopted son Alejandro is getting married. His adoptive parents divorced years before, but everyone gets together for the wedding. Alejandro’s birth mother originally gave him up so he could have a better life in America, but when she comes all the way from Columbia, he is a little surprised.
His mother is a devout Catholic, and he neglected to mentioned that his adoptive parents had gotten a divorce. So they end up pretending that they’re still married. Alejandro’s fiancee Melissa is deeply in love with him, but her parents try (terribly) to hide their real feelings about their Caucasian daughter marrying a Hispanic man.
Overall The Big Wedding was actually a lot better than I expected. It’s a decent story, and while there aren’t that many good laughs, you can still appreciate some of the humor. I think what saved the movie for me was Robert De Niro as Alejandro’s adoptive father Don Griffin. I didn’t really like Topher Grace in the movie as he yet again plays a weird douchey nerdy-ish guy who somehow still manages to end up with a pretty woman.