A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is very similar to its extremely popular predecessor, which means it's ultimately pretty wholesome. The edgiest content is a brief glimpse of cleavage, a couple getting passionate in a car, some innuendo involving a married couple, and an elderly aunt talking about sex with her husband. Teens also share a fairly chaste kiss at a dance. There's some drinking among adults, sometimes to excess. Characters argue loudly, but there's no violence, and language isn't an issue, either.
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What's the story?
In this sequel to the megait romcom My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula Portolakos (Nia Vardalos) is back. She's still happily but harriedly married to her true love, Ian Miller (John Corbett), and is now the mother of a high school senior, Paris (Elena Kampouris), who's struggling to distance herself from very close but sometimes oppressively nosy Greek family. Meanwhile, Toula's parents (Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine) discover that they aren't actually married after all, and Toula and Ian struggle to put back the spark in their marriage so they'll be OK once Paris leaves their Chicago nest empty. Andrea Martin reprises her role as Toula's very frank Aunt Voula.
Is it any good?
Let's dispense with the niceties: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 is cheesy, predictable, and all the things that many sequels are, but it's also somewhat of a crowd-pleaser. Because no matter how annoying they can be, the truth is that the Portolakoses have a certain charm, and it's on full display here. The empty-nest plot moves the original storyline forward pleasingly, but we all know how it's going to end before it really even gets started.
A sub-plot about another wedding is a fun idea -- as are Kazan and Constantine as Toula's parents, warring in late life -- but you almost wish they'd abandoned that gimmick entirely to simply revisit the family in a new and refreshing way. And although we understand that Grandpa Gus is positioned as an old-world guy who might not quite grasp the idea of feminism and gender equality, his comments feel very dated in a movie trying to be relevant in the here and now.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is realistic and relatable. What do they have in common with your own family? How are they different?
How does the film address cultural differences? Do you know families where the couples come from different backgrounds? How have those differences created problems or new opportunities for new, blended traditions?
Gus, the patriarch, often nags his 17-year-old granddaughter to find a boyfriend. How does the film show its take on this "wisdom"?
How does Toula feel about her daughter's impending move to college? How does the film tackle the concept of an empty nest?
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