Today’s Birthdays: May 9th

Happy Birthday Today: Audrina Patridge, Joe Carnahan, Wendy Crewson, Chris Diamantopoulos, Candice Bergen, Albert Finney, Chris Zylka, John Corbett, Grace Gummer, Rosario Dawson

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Happy Birthday: John Corbett

johncorbett.jpgHappy Birthday actor John Corbett

Born: John Joseph Corbett Junior
May 9, 1961 in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Quotes:

Acting is a win-win situation. There is no risk involved. That’s why I get tired of hearing actors who try to make out that there’s a downside to it. Fame is an odd thing. It bugs you a little bit, but it’s really not bad.

In Hollywood if you’re good looking, tall, have okay teeth and nice skin, the odds of being successful are great. If you’re short and fat, it’s a different story. But as long as you look like a leading man type, half your job is done already.

Acting may be how I’ve made my living, but music has always been my passion.

Extra work [in film] is boring for the extras, and I started to feel like an extra with lines — it wasn’t that challenging to me. So I made a record and…the Nashville community really embraced me. But I gotta tell you, after a couple of years of being out on the road with three other guys in a van…you have a real appreciation of somebody coming to your trailer door and saying, “Mr. Corbett, can we get you a cappuccino?” What I found was, in the two years that I stopped doing it, I really missed it and liked the environment of a movie set and the relationships.

My job [on the set] is to suck it in and try not to [mess] up my words.

Movie Review: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (USA 2016) ***

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greek_wedding_2.jpgMY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (USA 2016) ***
Directed by Kirk Jones

Review by Gilbert Seah

Cold on the heels of the big ethnic comedy $240 million hit MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, numero 2, the sequel arrives 14 years after audiences have forgotten everything about the first. The entire cast is supposedly all present though the director has changed hands.

Written and starring Nia Vardalos, the film is, as the title implies about her Greek family and another big wedding. In the first film and in this one, Toula (Vardalos) has to learn how to deal with her Greek parents and this time around her now grown up 17-year old teen daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris) adds more problems. One wonders why Paris is not named Athens or Athena.

The film is basically sitcom material – funny and laugh-out loud in parts as most sitcoms are. There are several stories on display here, the main one of which is the wedding of Toula’s parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan). As the story goes, their original marriage was not signed by the priest during the War and so they are not legally wed. Maria wants to be proposed to properly and not be taken for granted while Gus is too proud to do so. The other story is that of Toula being the fixer of the family’s problems. She needs to ‘date’ her husband, Ian (John Corbett) again. Another is Paris going to college. They want her to stay in Chicago but she wants to flee the nest to a college in NYC. Other subplots (too many for ones comfort) involves a gay family member coming-out, Gus’ reunion with his misunderstood brother and Gus’ ancestry. Most of the film goes exactly as expected down predictability lane without much fanfare though garnishing a few laughs.

The first movie made a ton of money despite horrid critical reviews. This second has only obtained a mere 25% approval rating (at the writing of this review) but of course, this might mean nothing. Though 14 years may be a long time for a sequel to bang on the success of the first, there should be sufficient Greeks and other ethnic immigrants who would appreciate this well-intentioned comedy.

The actors do well playing the parts. Andrea Martin from SCTV steals every scene she is in, as the fast and smart-talking aunt who is never afraid to show it. Writer Varalos and director Kirk Jones keep their film tame as family fare. Jones is best known for his Irish comedy hit WAKING NED DEVINE.

The film contains a lot of Greek that is to like. There are lots of Greek food, music and dances on display as the word Opa! that also appears on the license plate of their cars.
It should be warned too that the film is overly well-intentioned. The feel good parts are overdone and it seems that the film has been written for the family who only watches the Disney Channel. GREEK WEDDING 2 is ok entrainment and perhaps once every 14 years or so is the perfect time interval for any new entry.