The Big Wedding

Theatrical Release: April 26, 2013
The Big Wedding


With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive 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 ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Screenplay by Justin Zackham. Directed by Justin Zackham.

Dove Review

The Big Wedding is the story of a dysfunctional, blended family that is trying to reconcile and forgive one another for past indiscretions, and there are many! This is a comedy which is supposed to add a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. This “medicine” however is debauchery, nudity, fetishes, fornication, unfaithfulness, misogyny, and profanity. No amount of sugar helps this medicine go down smoothly. The lesson learned from this movie was best expressed by an entertainment reporter on television when he said, “I can’t believe how naughty this film is.”

There are sexual references, innuendos, and double-entendres galore,not to mention several not-so-subtle cries of passion by one previously married couple and a young unmarried couple. (Did I mention that the young man was a committed virgin until marriage before this encounter?)

Needless to say, this family story is not family-friendly based on Dove standards.

Content Description

Sex: many references to illicit sex and lengthy organisms; two scenes of howling during sex
Language: F-9; A-4; Christ-2; Jesus-2; slang for male genitles-3; S-11
Violence: a couple of slaps and punches in the face drawing blood
Drugs: wine, one person falls off the wagon after a year of sobriety
Nudity: full side and rear female nudity
Other: total disregard for the sanctity of marriage, a Priest used as a foil for comedy


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Justin Zackham & Jean-St├ęphane Bron
Director: Justin Zackham
Producer: Anthony Katagas
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe