My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Unsurprising but still enjoyable sequel to beloved romcom.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Family matters more than anything. Traditions are also important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Portokalos family is comprised of nosy, boundary-busting members, but they clearly all have one another's best interests at heart and want to see one another thrive. Toula's father, Gus, has traditional ideas about women (which he states several times), but he also respects his wife and loves her dearly. Toula herself verges on being a co-dependent people-pleaser, but she has only the best intentions.

Violence

Loud arguments.

Sex

Innuendo/talk about sex and a scene involving a couple getting passionate in a car. Brief glimpse of cleavage. Teens kiss.

Language
Consumerism

Products/brands seen and mentioned include iPad, FaceTime, and Honda. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults get sloshed right before a wedding. 

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 and 18+ year old Written byJohn Lang March 29, 2016
Parent of a 11 and 11 year old Written byyelahnhoj March 29, 2016

As good as the first, with more humor while still having an upbeat message

My son thinks this is the best of the two. I enjoyed both and will simply state that there is more heartfelt humor in this one. They both portray a good message... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 25, 2016

Really Good

It wasn't what I wanted it to be. As always Voula was oversharing. It was a good movie otherwise
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoppy.bath March 28, 2016

good, but not amazing

I personally didn't really like the first one so this was better! good characters and plot line but a bit cliched! a little inappropriate at times like...... Continue reading

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?

  • What role does drinking play in the story? Are there realistic consequences? Why is that important?

  • 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?

Movie details

For kids who love romance and comedy

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