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The Big Wedding movie Robert DeNiro Robin Williams
The Big Wedding: Here's the pre-release buzz I've heard on The Big Wedding: two different film crit/industry types lamenting that poor Christine Ebersole's name has been left off of the poster. Just to confirm: that would be disbelief and outrage that an actress known more for her stage and TV work, probably playing the sassy grandma in this swollen ensemble, is not billed on the same level as Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. That seemingly overqualified (for a light romantic farce about a long-divorced couple pretending to be married for the sake of their daughter's wedding into a conservative Catholic family) cast (including, fine, the AMAZING Christine Ebersole, shining star of stage and screen!) actually solidifies this movie's qualifications for a genre I call Mutually Accidental Destruction, where it seems extremely likely that everyone in the cast assumed they could sign on to this movie because if everyone else who had signed on was doing it, it had to be pretty good (except Robin Williams, who I believe will take any wacky-pastor role that comes his way). Diane Keaton often stars in these movies; recall last year's Mutually Accidental Destruction masterpiece Darling Companion, in which she appeared with Kevin Kline, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Dianne Wiest, and Sam Shepard in one of the worst fucking movies I've seen in my life, or the less dire but still not so good Morning Glory, in which she appeared with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, and Patrick Wilson. If you decide you're hell-bent on figuring out where The Big Wedding falls on that scale, I hope you at least got the two-for-one tickets that were being offered, less than promisingly, via the movie's official website.

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