Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is based on the life of screenwriter Nia Vardalos, reprising her role of Toula, whose wedding to non-Greek Ian Miller (John Corbett) was the basis of the first movie. This time around the wedding is for Toula’s parents, Gus and Maria, who discover their marriage certificate from 50 yrs. earlier was never signed by the Priest, so they decide to have a wedding and renew their vows.
Add to that…
Toula’s 17 year-old daughter is trying to decide on where she wants to go to college. Paris wants to leave Chicago to be free of the huge extended family that always shows up in her life but the older generation wants her to get married and settle down with a “nice Greek boy”. With the entire extended family living next door to each other, every scene is filled with lots of characters, love and laughter. Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Elena Kampouris, Joey Fatone, Rita Wilson and John Stamos also star.
I enjoyed this sweet, PG-13 comedy written with humorous lines like “the Greeks invented Italy”, lots of sight gags (yes the Windex is back), funny characters (Andrea Martin, as Toula’s aunt is hilarious) and an emphasis on three generations. This is light-hearted, family- friendly entertainment that taps into real world anxieties about parents and children. What I enjoyed the most was the importance of family and how they cared for each other. I also thought it was clever that they released “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” on March 25th, Greek Independence Day. Opa!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
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Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!