My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos. The film stars Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez and Elena Kampouris. It is the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was released in 2002. Filming began in late May 2015 in Toronto. The film was released on March 25, 2016 by Universal Pictures.
The life of Toula Portokalos Miller (Nia Vardalos) is in shambles. Her travel agency is closed due to the recession, as is the family dry cleaners; the only thing left open is the restaurant started by her father, Gus (Michael Constantine). Her husband, Ian (John Corbett), is now the principal of the school their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) attends, and Paris is preparing to go to college. Paris has become mortified by the smothering love of everyone in the family – the fact that they are always there is driving her to apply to schools all across the country. Ian and Toula are struggling with their marriage because Toula is always trying to “fix” everything that goes wrong with her family, leaving them little time for each other.
Gus has become convinced that he is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great and wants an online ancestry site to confirm this. While sorting through his paper records, he discovers that his wedding certificate was never signed by the priest who married him and Maria (Lainie Kazan) fifty years before. He is frustrated that his current priest won’t just sign the paper but is willing to renew their vows so that they can be married “officially.” Maria scoffs at the idea of needing to be married again after fifty years together but agrees to go through with it if Gus asks her properly. Gus refuses, and Maria pushes him to the couch in response. When he ends up needing to go to the hospital and Maria refuses to go with him, he publicly pleads with her to marry him, and she agrees.
Maria wants the wedding she never had. A wedding planner is hired, but when the family’s choices are too wild for her, she quits. The whole family — including Ian’s parents, Rodney and Harriet (Bruce Gray and Fiona Reid), and Angelo’s business partner, Patrick — pitches in to make it happen. Nick and Voula eventually realize that Patrick is also Angelo’s romantic partner, and they welcome him into the family. One surprise for the wedding day is Gus’ brother, Panos (Mark Margolis), flown over from Greece for the ceremony. Ouzo flows on the way to the church, resulting in Gus, Panos, and Taki (Gerry Mendicino) being giggling drunk at the front of the church. Maria is walked to the front but storms off to the vestry, thinking that Gus isn’t taking her seriously. Panos confides to her that Gus needs her, and she agrees to go through with it.
Paris has been accepted by Northwestern in Chicago and NYU in New York City. As she starts to see her mother as truly loving her, she claims to want to attend Northwestern, but a moment with her great-grandmother (Bess Meisler) makes her realize that she really wants to go to New York. She asks Bennett (Alex Wolff), a boy she has watched from afar, to the prom, and he turns out to also be from a crazy Greek family. Prom is the same night as the wedding, so she attends it with a promise to be at the reception later. Ian and Toula watch Gus and Maria say their vows, while Paris and Bennett slow-dance at the prom, leading to their first kiss. At the reception for the wedding, Gus receives a note, ostensibly from the ancestry site, saying that he is indeed a descendant of Alexander the Great, but Ian confirms with Toula that she forged it to make her father happy. The movie ends with the family dropping Paris off in New York City to start college.