Residences featured in Robert De Niro movies seem to be having their moment in the real estate spotlight as of late. First, the charming Victorian the legendary actor broke into in the 2015 dramedy “The Intern” hit the market in February for $3.85 million. Then, the sleek modern beach pad he called home in the 1995 action classic “Heat” was listed at just a shot over $21.5 million in April. And now, the stunning lakeside estate where his sculptor character Don Griffin lived in the 2013 comedy “The Big Wedding” is up for grabs!
Not exactly a hit, the Justin Zackham-directed sleeper, which is based upon the 2006 French film “Mon Frère se Marie” (translation – “My Brother Is Getting Married”), centers around Don and his ex-wife Ellie (Diane Keaton), who come together for the first time in 10 years to celebrate the nuptials of their adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes). When it is discovered that Al’s biological mother, the devoutly religious Madonna (Patricia Rae), will also be attending the nuptials and that she considers divorce a sin, the long-estranged couple agrees to pretend to still be married for the duration of the festivities. The only caveat? Don is currently living with his girlfriend, Bebe McBride (Susan Sarandon), aka Ellie’s former best friend, with whom he once had an affair. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
Despite an unbelievable cast of A-listers that, along with De Niro and Keaton, also includes such Hollywood heavyweights as Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace, “The Big Wedding” proved an all-around disappointment, with Business Insider declaring it “a massive flop.” Critics weren’t any kinder. Joseph Walsh called the flick “pure claw-your-eyes-out cinema,” while Trevor Johnson deemed it “utterly worthless fodder,” and Richard Crouse summarized it as being “as appealing as a cash bar at a wedding.” Ouch! I didn’t find it nearly as offensive. Though not an awards contender by any means, “The Big Wedding” makes for an enjoyable summer stream, largely thanks to its impressive scenery. Shot primarily in Greenwich, Connecticut, the film makes use of several handsome local sites, including Christ Church Greenwich, Burning Tree Country Club and the now-defunct Gabriele’s of Greenwich steakhouse.