The Big Wedding is a screwball comedy from writer-director Justin Zackham. He is the same guy who wrote The Bucket List. It features lots of bitter political incorrectness, crude language, and pungent sex that are awkward to be watched with your parents.
Robert De Nire is Don, a successful sculptor and the patriarch of the Griffin family. He is divorced from Ellie (Diane Keaton) ten years ago and got together with her friend Bebe (Susan Sarandon). Ellie has traveled around the globe to find herself and has become an independent divorcee. She is determined to demonstrate that she has already moved on.
Things turn complicated when their adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) asks Don and Ellie to pretend to still be together for his marriage with Missy (Amanda Seyfried), whose mother Madonna (Patricia Rae) is a conservative Catholic. Madonna is visiting the United States for the first time from Colombia.
Al’s lawyer sister, Lyla (Katherine Heigl), is squeamish at the sight of babies. His doctor brother, Jared (Topher Grace), decides to lose his virginity to his adopted brother’s biological sister, Nuria (Ana Ayora). Then there are the in-laws who we are told are racist but they don’t really act that way.
Zackham manages to attract a star-studded cast for the older generation. Sarandon and Keaton are refreshing as old friends whose friendship surpasses that old guy they both married. Their responses to the realities of divorce and relationships are stimulating despite their age. De Niro plays someone who doesn’t deserve either woman.
The trailer for The Big Wedding makes it seem like it is a delicate and sweet comedy. Yet in reality it has edgier factors that go for shock value than being vital to the plot. The movie never gets pass this but it still manages to be entertaining enough to keep viewers on their seats until the end.