Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert Di Niro and Diane Keaton) fell in love, got married, had children, fell out of love, and got divorced. Don married Ellie’s good friend Lyla (Katherine Heigl). The kids grew up. Everyone moved on with their lives. “The Big Wedding” starts out as a typical American story.
Now, years later, Don and Ellie’s adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is getting married. The plans for a big wedding are going well until Al drops a bomb on the family: his biological mother has decided to fly halfway across the world to attend the event. An ultra-conservative Catholic, she believes that divorce is a terrible sin. Which is why for the past 15 years Al has neglected to tell her that his parents are not only “heathens,” they’re also divorced.
What can they do? Al doesn’t want to disappoint his biological mother, who “gave up her only son in the hopes that he could have a better life.” The solution: for one weekend, Don and Ellie will pretend to be a happily married couple once again. Among all of their family and friends, the hoax snowballs into a poignant and raucously funny story as the Griffins are forced to confront their past, present and future.
“The Big Wedding” is an American remake of the original French film written by Jean-Stephane Bron and Karine Sudan. Written and directed by Justin Zackham, “The Big Wedding” is scheduled for release on April 26, 2013 by Lionsgate. The all-star cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Christine Ebersole.