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My big fat Greek wedding 2

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Not recommended under 10, parental guidance recommended 10-12 (Themes; sexual references)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for My big fat Greek wedding 2
  • a review of My big fat Greek wedding 2 completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 30 March 2016.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 10 Not recommended due to themes and sexual references
Children aged 10 to 12 Parental guidance recommended due to themes and sexual references
Children aged 12 and over OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: My big fat Greek wedding 2
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild sexual references
Length 94 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a sequel to the first film of the series. It stars Toula Portolakos (Nia Vardalos), who is now married to her one true love Ian Miller (John Corbett). They have a young teenage daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris), who is slowly pushing the boundaries of Greek tradition as she grows up. Wanting to develop a stronger sense of her own personal identity, Paris begins to apply for colleges outside her home town, thus causing Toula considerable stress and anxiety. At the same time, knowing that their daughter may soon leave to pursue her dreams, Toula and Ian work together in an effort to put the spark back in their marriage.

The story of their family takes place against the backdrop of yet another large-scale Greek wedding.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Family and parenthood; relationships; culture; marriage and tradition; coming-of-age

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There are some arguments between family members, but no physical violence.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Nothing of concern

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Nothing of concern

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Nothing of concern

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Honda car
  • iPads

Sexual references

There are very mild sexual references, including:

  • Teenagers flirt with one another.
  • Two parents discuss getting time alone together, and rarely having time to have sex.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is very mild sexual activity, including:

  • A married couple kiss and plan to have sex in a car on the street – they kiss while the man is lying on top of the woman. The woman’s father then taps on the window and asks why they are not inside a house.
  • A teenage couple kiss at a school dance

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Just before the wedding, many characters drink alcohol and become quite intoxicated at a party.

Coarse language

Nothing of concern

In a nutshell

My big fat Greek Wedding 2 is a comedy sequel featuring the same charming Greek American family several years after the marriage og Toula and Ian. It focuses on the relationship between parents Toula and Ian, and their teenage daughter Paris. With Greek traditions deeply set in stone, Paris’ struggle to become her own person often causes considerable conflict with the rest of her over-involved family. The film highlights the supportive nature of family as well as the need for individuals to develop independence. Although members of the family frequently disagree with one another, they always have good intentions and attempt to support individuals in making the best choices for themselves. Although the film is unlikely to disturb younger children, the themes and sexual references make the film best suited to children over 12.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • The importance of family
  • The rights of individuals to make their own decisions.

Parents may also wish to discuss cultural traditions and how these influence the lives of individuals, particularly in regard to gender roles and marriage.

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