Story Theater Movie of the Week for April 22-24

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (rated PG-13 for adult situations and language, and with a running time of 94 min., will be shown this weekend at the Story Theater with showings at 7 p.m. only) is an American romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos. The film stars Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez and Elena Kampouris. It is the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was released in 2002.

The life of Toula Portakalos Miller (Nia Vardalos) is in a bit of shambles. Her travel agency is closed due to the recession, as is the family dry cleaner’s; the only thing left open is the restaurant started by her father, Gus (Michael Constantine). Her husband, Ian (John Corbett), is now the principal of the school their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) attends, and Paris is preparing to go to college. Paris has become mortified by the smothering love of not just Toula but everyone else in the family – the fact that they are always there, all of them, even at the university recruiting fair at the high school, is driving her to apply to schools all across the country, not just the local one in Chicago. Ian and Toula are struggling with their marriage because Toula is always trying to “fix” everything that goes wrong with her family, leaving them little time for each other, let alone intimacy.

Gus has become convinced that he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great and wants an online ancestry site to confirm this for him. He tries to use the computer to trace this, but decides to go back through his old paper records instead. While sorting through things, he discovers that his wedding certificate was never signed by the priest who married him and Maria (Lainie Kazan) fifty years before – the war left Greece in somewhat of a shambles, no one really checked credentials on priests, and he had really only asked Maria to marry him by saying, “I’m going to America, are you coming?” He is frustrated that his current priest won’t just sign the paper, but is willing to renew their vows so that they can be married “officially.” Maria initially scoffs at the idea of needing to be married again after fifty years together, but agrees that she will go through with it if only Gus will ask her properly. Gus refuses, and Maria pushes him to the couch in response. When he ends up needing to go to the hospital and Maria refuses to go with him, he publicly pleads with her to marry him, and she agrees.

Maria wants the wedding she never had. A wedding planner is hired, but when the family’s choices are too wild for her, she quits. The whole family (including Ian’s parents, Rodney and Harriet (Bruce Gray and Fiona Reid) pitches in to make it happen. One surprise for the wedding day is Gus’ brother, Panos (Mark Margolis), flown over from Greece itself for the ceremony. At first, he argues with Gus like old times, but they embrace over some ouzo and reconcile. Unfortunately, the ouzo continues to flow on the way to the church, resulting in Gus, Panos and Taki (Gerry Mendicino) being giggling drunk at the front of the church. Maria is walked to the front but storms off to the vestry, thinking that Gus isn’t taking her seriously. Panos confides to her that Gus needs her, and when she looks out and sees Gus’ face light up at the sight of her once more, she agrees to go through with it.

Paris has been accepted by both Northwestern in Chicago and NYU in New York City. As she starts to see her mother as really truly loving her, she claims to want to attend Northwestern, but a moment with her great-grandmother (Bess Meisler) makes her realize that she really wants to go to New York. She asks a boy she has watched from afar to the prom after he is turned down by the girl he had asked himself, and he turns out to also be from a crazy Greek family. Prom is the same night as the wedding, so she attends it with a promise to be at the reception later. Ian and Toula watch Gus and Maria say their vows and be paraded around the altar and make their own wreathes and parade around the vestibule, while Paris and Bennett (Alex Wolff) slow-dance at the prom. At the reception for the wedding, Gus receives a note, ostensibly from the ancestry site, saying that he is indeed a descendant of Alexander the Great, but Ian confirms with Toula that she had forged it to make her father happy. The movie ends with the entire family dropping Paris off in New York City to start college.

—synopsis taken from Wikipedia