The Big Wedding

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A caricatured portrayal of Catholicism - via a straw-man priest (Robin Williams) and a hyper-pious South American matron (Patricia Rae) - is only the most annoying of this vulgar romantic comedy's many defects. To protect Rae's character - his birth mother - from the scandalous fact that his adoptive parents (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) are divorced, the groom (Ben Barnes) of the titular nuptials (to Amanda Seyfried) asks Mom and Dad to pretend they're still married, an arrangement that leaves the latter's live-in girlfriend (Susan Sarandon) fuming. Overall, the message of writer-director Justin Zackham's adaptation of the 2006 French-Swiss film "Mon Frere Se Marie" seems to be that, in a world without God, it's fine to be confused as long as you're not inhibited.

Watch out for: Implied atheism, anti-Catholicism, flawed moral values, strong sexual content - including aberrant sex acts, rear nudity and a frivolous treatment of homosexuality and adultery - a couple of uses of profanity, much rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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