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The Big Wedding Movie Review

The Big Wedding Review: 5 Similar Movies to Watch Instead

If you're a romantic-comedy lover with a soft spot for wedding movies, then trust me — you've already seen The Big Wedding. The premise itself probably sounds familiar: when a family comes together for a wedding, hijinks ensue, people don't get along, and secrets are revealed. Even most of the cast members have played similar roles before. Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play the groom's parents, Katherine Heigl is the bitter sister, and Amanda Seyfried plays the bride. And the unoriginality doesn't stop there! If you're tempted to watch The Big Wedding, then let me advise you that you can get the same fix by watching the movies below. Their accomplishment: they each tackled elements of The Big Wedding first — but better.

  1. It's Complicated: In Nancy Meyers's comedy It's Complicated, the romance between the divorced couple played by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin feels organic and realistic. That's not the case for Keaton and De Niro's characters in Ellie and Don, the divorced parents of groom Alejandro (Ben Barnes) in The Big Wedding. Oh, it is complicated for them — despite the fact that they haven't been married for over 10 years, sparks still fly between them during the wedding weekend — even though he's already moved on with someone else. When Ellie and Don move closer to a reconnection, it's icky and doesn't make sense for their characters.
  2. Wedding Crashers: The Big Wedding is rated R, so there's a healthy dose of raunchy humor, but there's nothing you haven't seen before, especially if you've seen Wedding Crashers. There is even one scene that is straight out of the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn classic. For frisky family members and R-rated wedding jokes, just watch Wedding Crashers.

Get the rest of the list after the jump.

  1. Meet the Parents: Ben Stiller already showed us how awkward it is to meet the family of your future spouse, especially when they're so disapproving. The twist of The Big Wedding is that the biological mother of the groom is a devoutly Catholic woman from Colombia who will freak out if she finds out her son's adoptive parents are divorced. Aside from being complicated, it's illogical and not really believable. Worse, the other disapproving in-laws are the WASP-y parents of the bride, who turn out to be a little racist and go to great lengths to not be seen with Alejandro. Yeah, it's uncomfortable for the audience, too, but not in that funny Meet the Parents way.
  2. Mamma Mia: This one's not just because Seyfried is the blushing bride, though that element will probably give you déjà vu too. Like in Mamma Mia, the parents' situation overshadows the nuptials of the young bride- and groom-to-be (and there is a lot of talk of the mother's sex life). Sadly, there are no sing-alongs to make it all OK.
  3. Something's Gotta Give: Have you seen this cute movie starring Diane Keaton as a flustered, single older woman? Oh, good. Then you don't need to see The Big Wedding, because she's playing the exact same role.

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