THE BIG WEDDING
The Griffins Request the Honor of Your Presence
This Spring, when an all-star, multi-generational cast led by Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams gathers together for The Big Wedding, you can bet a hilarious family fiasco is about to ensue. That's exactly what happens in this uproarious romantic comedy about the ties that bind, as long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are forced to pretend they are still happily married at their son's wedding. Among all their family and friends, the hoax snowballs, culminating in a series of surprising outcomes on the way to "I do."
It all begins as the sprawling Griffin clan prepares for the nuptials of their adopted son Alejandro (Barnes). But what should be an occasion of pure bliss soon turns into sheer lunacy as the bride and groom try to make everyone happy -- including Alejandro's highly traditional, Colombian birth mother who has never been to America . . . nor been told that Don and Ellie are no longer married.
Now to get her blessing, Don and Ellie will have to act out their long-forgotten roles as a contented couple, while Don's girlfriend Bebe (Sarandon) watches their performance in dismay. As the wedding weekend gets under way, love is in the air, but little white lies are tripping everyone up. In the mix, old flames will ignite, new romance will erupt, secrets will be outed and in-laws will be upended but, if they can all just avoid killing one another, the entire Griffin clan might just find themselves united in their own version of harmony.
The film's cast of actors, accomplished in both comedy and drama, was drawn to a modern wedding story with a screwball twist: a family in the perilous, hilarious situation of pretending to be something they're not, and discovering who they are in the process. Says Robert De Niro, who as Don Griffin finds himself in compromising positions in the midst of the celebration: "Every wedding has tension and stress. There's always drama because everyone wants to plan everything perfectly, to get it right, to make everyone happy -- but that's especially true in this movie!"
Adds Susan Sarandon: "The Big Wedding brings together a bunch of really great actors as people who have a bunch of very unresolved issues. There are people hopping in and out of beds, people storming off and people falling in love. There are a lot of different kinds of humor and there are also touching family moments. But you don't want to try this at home. If you're about to get married, don't do what the Griffins do!"
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