From screenplay to play then back to screenplay, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING really lit the masses back in 2002. As the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, audiences worldwide embraced the immensely relatable characters, seeing their own relatives reflected in the adorably bold Portokalos clan. Written and starring Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, alongside the entire returning cast, the joy is back with MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2! Only this time, familial joys run hard upon a revelation among the Portokalos as a secret will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger, louder, Greeker wedding.
At first, it didn’t even seem the film’s predecessor would have a sequel. However, it’s always better late than never. How late? Fourteen years later! “The wait for the sequel is entirely my fault,” says Vardalos at a NYC press conference on Saturday, March 12th. “I wrote at the end of the first movie that Toula and Ian were parents, and in reality the struggle to become a parent was real for me.” Based on motherhood experiences, the itch began to enrich her creative juices and so was born the sequel’s narrative. “I worked on the script off-and-on for four months,” says Vardalos who simultaneously worked really hard on her 2013 New York Times bestseller “Instant Mom.” Upon completion of the script, at a gathering “four years ago, I met Kirk Jones,” she says. Stars aligned and director Kirk Jones accepted the task making him the “perfect addition to the Big Fat Greek Wedding family,” Vardalos adds.
Coming in as leader and balancing a crew that’s practically a long, lost family catching up on set, Jones says he needed to make sure “everyone’s guided towards a place emotionally and comically that they were in fourteen years ago.” Tough task as he adds “it was like herding deaf cats.”
With a tone and layout that’s geared to relive those entertainingly engaging moments from the past, in the end John Corbett chimes in by saying, “it’s a feel-good movie the first time around. It’s not my big fat Greek divorce. It’s more of the same.” And more of the same it is, ladies and gentleman!
Cute, fun and pleasant. As a whole, it was great taking a ride down memory lane as we rehash all the animated characters, antics, and overall familial buzz on how important it is to keep it within the culture. As exhausting as it may be to keep following all the chaos in the story, at heart it’s about love and most of all no matter how dysfunctional… family! It’s been said one can choose friends, but one cannot choose family. Not a bad flick. It’s got a little of everything for everyone.
In theaters Friday, March 25th
Interested in listening in on the film’s press conference as a whole, here’s some unedited rawdio for a full effect!