Flopping about like dockside fish, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton look desperately uncomfortable in The Big Wedding, a dire romantic comedy about a long-divorced couple who pretend they’re still married when their adopted son’s devoutly Catholic biological mother turns up for his wedding.
And, as events spiral farcically out of control, their co-stars are left floundering too. Susan Sarandon is sculptor De Niro’s current partner, Katherine Heigl his and Keaton’s workaholic daughter and Topher Grace their implausibly virginal 29-year-old son. Adding insult to injury, a charmless, unfunny Robin Williams is the Catholic priest set to preside over the nuptials.
The credulity-straining set-up derives from a 2006 French film, Mon frère se marie (My Brother Is Getting Married), but whatever humour the Gallic original may conceivably have possessed has been decidedly lost in translation.
Indeed, so little do its characters resemble actual human beings, The Big Wedding might just as well have been translated from Martian.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Lionsgate UK.
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