The film’s open-ended narrative tends to be undermined by the simplicity of its thematic signifiers.
As far as shameless excuses to rehash crowd-pleasing gags from the first film go, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 doesn’t particularly go about its duties cynically.
The opposite of enlightenment, the film hides its anxieties behind a mélange of third-rate grit and playful xenophobia.
The opening pair of episodes, both directed by Lena Dunham, pointedly denies the titular foursome of much of anything resembling sympathy.
Nora Ephron imbues the film with a self-awareness that remains rewarding in spite of its contradictions.
The film superficially evokes the tale of Hansel and Gretal and while there are some nice scares throughout, Francois Ozon did this kind of thing better with his Criminal Lovers.