TAKE a stellar cast of A-grade actors, a subject that is practically a comedy gold mine and some great characters and family dynamics and like the perfect wedding cake you should have the recipe for a three-tiered success.
Unfortunately with The Big Wedding something seems to have gone astray in the baking process and the film is more a flop than a delicious slice of a romantic comedy.
It's an odd mixture of crass and coyness a comedy of deception with a set-up that is never convincingly established.
The film follows Alejandro (Ben Barnes) who is engaged to Missy (Amanda Seyfried) who asks his adopted parents (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) to pretend for the sake of his Colombian birth mother who is coming to America for the wedding, that they are still happily married despite having been divorced for a long time.
She is a strict Catholic and wouldn't approve of the separation.
Despite the weak set-up it starts out promising enough.
The family dynamics are lively and entertaining and the characters are an interesting mix of personalities.
But around the middle things seem to sag like an ill-fitting wedding dress.
It's all very heavy-handed, over-the-top and frankly just plain ridiculous.
Many of the characters appear to do an about-turn and by the end are largely unlikeable.
It feels lifeless and while the actors do their best with the material they are given to work with it appears they are just going through the motions.
There are a few laughs to be had but this is one wedding I would RSVP no to.
The Big Wedding
- Stars: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams
- Director: Justin Zackham
- Rated: MA
- Verdict: Two stars