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The Big Wedding Review

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2.0

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  • 2.0
    28

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    The film isn’t so much funny as it is merely amusing — a laundry list of inappropriate and potentially embarrassing moments that strive mightily, but never quite manage to land the laugh.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Forced, formulaic and never believable. It's a particularly unholy combination.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    There’s not a bad performance in this movie. De Niro, Keaton and Sarandon are particularly good, what a surprise. But it feels as if all the guests at “The Big Wedding” are wearing ID tags telling us their one Plot Point.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The fact that the three actors who do most of the fooling around — Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon — have a combined age of 202 pegs this as a sex romp for the Viagra crowd.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The movie's own brand of charm has its subset of smarm.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie, in its basic concept, is corny and contrived, but as written and directed by Justin Zackham, it's executed in a pleasantly wry and understated fashion.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Award-winning actors wasted in forgettable, racy comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Big Wedding is racier than most family wedding comedies and could make for an uncomfortable parent-teen movie night. There's lots of sexual content -- the opening scene shows Robert De Niro about to perform oral sex on Susan Sarandon -- as well as discussion of virginity, sexual orientation, and open marriage. There's also adultery, public displays of (more than) affection and brief nudity (a woman's naked behind is visible as she skinny dips). In addition to the sex jokes and sex scenes, you can expect frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.) and drinking (the father and the priest are both alcoholics).

  • Families can talk about the appeal of wedding movies. Why are weddings such a popular setting for both drama and comedy?
  • Discuss the idea that family is more than biology. How does Alejandro view his family? Why are Bebe and Ellie able to overcome the adultery in their past? Do you think the family's interactions are believable?
  • Alejandro's ethnicity is brought up again and again as a matter of concern to Melissa's Caucasian parents. Do you think racial and ethnic prejudice are still prevalent in American society?

The good stuff
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    Messages: In the end, family members and best friends repair their relationships and commit to having a blended family of relatives who trust and love each other, despite their many flaws and personal problems. They lie and deceive to get there, but their intentions are mostly good.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Although everyone has many hang-ups and relationship issues, each of the family members realizes that honesty and open communication is the key to getting past old hurts and betrayals. The adult siblings are successful and care about each other.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Physical comedy includes people falling fully dressed into a pool and Don getting slapped or punched by each of the women in his life.

  • sex false4

    Sex: The very first scene includes a discussion of oral sex and a man about to perform it on his dressed (except for her underwear) partner. A 29-year-old doctor is a virgin who wants to save himself for someone special but then is easily seduced by a Colombian woman who strips to skinny dip with him (she's shown from the back). She also fondles him at the dinner table. Premarital sex is discussed in front of a priest. The entire family discusses their mother's discovery of tantric sex and her "9-hour orgasm." Two loud sex scenes include exes who do it for old times' sake and a virgin who promptly wants to do it again after his first time. Parents discuss adultery, and another set of parents talks about bisexuality and having an open marriage. Discussion of medical sexual aids (i.e. pills).

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "douche," "d--k," "c--k," "bang," "muff," "hell," "ass," "crap," "oh my God," and one "c--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands notably shown or mentioned include Alfa Romeo, Mac, Cartier, the Plaza, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Don and Father Moinighan discuss going through AA together and how hard it is to stay on the wagon. On the wedding day, Don gets drunk and starts spouting off inappropriate comments. Adults are shown having drinks throughout the wedding weekend at dinners and receptions. Lyla tries to smoke in a hospital but is stopped.

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