Based on the French farce Mon Frere Se Marie, The Big Wedding chronicles the trials and tribulations on the biggest day in one y man’s life.
Justin Zackham’s English-language remake is laden with Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated talent with impeccable comedic credentials including Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl and Robin Williams.
The rogue’s gallery includes a Catholic priest who abandons all hope for the souls of the bride-and groom-to-be because they won’t impose religion on their children and a sex-starved twenty-something virgin who is saving himself for his own wedding night.
At the centre of the madness is Alejandro Griffin (Ben Barnes), the Colombian-born adopted son of Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton), who is poised to say “I do” to his pretty sweetheart, Missy O’Connor (Amanda Seyfried).
As the big day beckons, Alejandro has a huge favour to ask his adoptive parents, who are now divorced: he needs them to pretend that they are still married so that his biological mother, a devout Catholic called Madonna (Patricia Rae) who is flying in specially for the wedding, won’t be offended.
Don, who now lives with Bebe (Susan Sarandon), and Ellie reluctantly agree to go along with the charade, as do the couple’s grown-up children, Lyla (Katherine Heigl) and Jared (Topher Grace), who have their own relationship woes.
A fair summation of The Big Wedding, is that it is a frothy and harmless confection which has more than its fair share of big screen talent.
It is on at the Forum in Bridlington.