Big Wedding, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1/2

Content: -4

Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole. Romantic Comedy. Written & directed by Justin Zackham.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A dysfunctional family gathers for a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full-blown family fiasco.  To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultraconservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Containing not one single fresh idea or true emotion, just stale gags, crude and often irreverent humor, and few insights, The Big Wedding is a big vulgar mess. The Jesus jokes are offensive. The characters are sit-com-ish rather than dimensional, and the language offensive. I honestly can’t think of one redeeming value to this production, for it lessens the sanctity of a union between man and woman, a godly institution.

Katherine Heigl plays De Niro’s estranged daughter, having left her own husband, evidently because he called her names and she couldn’t have a baby. But what’s this; she’s getting sick to her stomach and showing all the signs of being pregnant. Her highlight scene is when she throws up all over her dad. Was it symbolism or just supposed to be funny? Looking at the rest of the humor, I suspect the writers thought we’d find vomit all over a suit to be hilarious.

Topher Grace plays a 30-year-old doctor who has maintained a life of abstinence until he finds the woman he loves. But that goes out the window when he meets the hot sister of his adopted brother. Then there’s a stepmom who’s had a face lift, is a bigot and possibly a closet lesbian (three stereotypes in one character). And Robin Williams playing a “funny” priest? Didn’t we already have to endure that with License to Wed? Robin Williams shouldn’t be playing a pastor, he should see one.

I could go on (and on) about this unfunny, crude assembly of Hollywood “royalty.” But why bother. The subject of a young couple entering into wedlock is ripe for incisive satire, but here we are given nothing of true substance or clever wit.

Not looking for parody or satire, just puke jokes and bawdy sexagenarian jokes and irreverent religion jokes? Well, maybe you’ll find this satisfying movie fare. No, I don’t think even then.

By golly, I think we have a contender for worst film of 2013.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crude sexual humor

Obscene Language: Offensive obscenities throughout.

Profanity: I caught two misuses of Christ’s name and the sophomoric expression “oh my God” is heard throughout.

Violence: The De Niro character is punched in the face three times, by different women.

Sex: There’s a great deal of humor meant to be bawdy, but is far closer to being coarse; two sexual situations.

Nudity: We see a woman dive into the lake without any clothing.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: Anti religion sentiments from nearly all the characters.

Running Time: 89 minutes
Intended Audience: People who laugh at the sight of vomit

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