When the news first came out that there was going to be a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding over 13 years later, I was hesitant. The first movie was an instant classic, and I believe—for the most part—that classics are best left at that. However, with this movie that wasn’t the case. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 proved to be nothing short of spectacular. It hosts the same cast of characters, following Tula and her outrageous Greek family, through yet another wedding. It was even funnier than the first and is a movie that will become a classic in its own right.
Here are just a few of the endless reasons why you HAVE to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:
The hilariously adorable grandma
Some of the movie’s funniest moments come from Yiayia just appearing—seemingly out of nowhere. We first see her hiding under the table with a dish of baklava, then she creepily appears standing beside the Northwestern recruiter. One scene shows her dancing down the street in Toula’s lingerie, causing the whole theater to burst into laughter. Yet, maybe the funniest moment of all is when Maria, Tula’s mother, and her wedding party are leaving the store where she had been trying on wedding dresses, and Yiayia can be seen standing in the storefront window, posing in a beautiful wedding gown. Wherever Yiayia ends up, she’s sure to make everyone watching laugh.
It’s a similar story, but with a twist
With this movie, you still get the same great wedding story, but now the two getting married are Tula’s parents. They find out after fifty years of marriage that they were never actually legally married and decide to have a whole new wedding. While watching the events of Tula’s parents’ wedding unfold, the audience is also given another dynamic to the story. The movie also focuses on the relationship between mother and daughter, and how difficult it is to let go of your children as they are growing up.
Those sentimental moments
It wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without those borderline cheesy, but actually really sweet, sentimental moments. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has just the right amount of those. One of my personal favorites is when Tula’s father, Gus, describes what it’s like being married to someone for so long, and how lost you feel without them. He says being married is like going through your life “seeing two shadows instead of one.” *sighs* How cute is that?
You don’t need to see the first film to understand the second
For someone who may be hesitant to see this film because they haven’t seen the first, don’t fear! Since this film has a whole new story than the first, you don’t need to see the first movie to understand this one. It helps, but the parents wedding / Tula’s daughter, Paris, growing up and going to college are stories that stand on their own.
Tula and Ian still have it
Tula and Ian are still the most adorable couple ever. Even though in the beginning of the film they seem to have lost their spark (because of Tula’s over-dedication to their daughter’s life instead of their marriage), they most certainly redeem their relationship throughout the film. By the end of the movie, there’s no doubt in anyone’s minds that Tula and Ian are the cutest couple (and perfect for each other).
The same characters you know and love
Something that’s so great about this movie is that it brings back all of the same characters from the first film. No one is left out or missing, and you actually get to learn a lot more about some of the characters that didn’t play as big of a role in the first move. Tula’s aunt Voula, for example, has a much bigger role in this film than the first, and she’s hilarious throughout the entire film. It also helps that all of the same actors play the same characters!
This is something that isn’t said often, but I honestly thought this film was even better than the first. It’s a feel-good movie that’ll have you laughing until you cry, and leaving the theater smiling. Definitely don’t miss out on it!
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