My Big Fat Wedding 2 | Film review - Nia Vardalos dishes up a second helping of ethnic comedy

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(Image credit: George Kraychyk)
(Image credit: George Kraychyk)

Writer-star Nia Vardalos dishes up a second helping of ethnic comedy with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, a belated sequel to her surprise 2002 hit, yet it's unlikely that the film's reheated jokes will slip down nearly so well with audiences this time around.

Vardalos's put-upon heroine Toula is now the fretful mother of 17-year-old college-bound daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris). She's dreading the prospect of an empty nest and anxious about the limp state of her marriage to WASP hunk Ian (John Corbett), yet as before it's her suffocating Greek-American family who give her the most grief.

Dad Gus (Michael Constantine) is as overbearing as ever, Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) still overshares alarmingly, and the rest of the clan also conforms to type - which means most of the gags are simply tired variations on ones we've heard before.

Certificate 12A. Runtime 94 mins. Director Kirk Jones

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.