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Published Apr. 25, 2013

The guest list for The Big Wedding (R) is loaded with so many Oscar winners and flavors of various months that something smells fishy.

This kind of talent doesn't usually assemble for a 90-minute comedy from a first-time director - with only one notable screenwriting credit - adapting a foreign movie that apparently never got released in the U.S. Sounds like a lot of mortgage/car/alimony/whatever payments are due.

Somehow, someone named Justin Zackham (who did write The Bucket List, at least) convinced Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams - take a breath - Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace and Ben Barnes to attend The Big Wedding.

Judging from the trailer, each respectively plays some variation of a role they've played before: crazy, caring dad, sexy wife, neurotic divorcee, wacky clergyman - breathe again - hard-shell, gooey-insides woman, doe-eyed bride, smug brother and ... well, the Englishman Barnes plays a Mexican, so that's different.

The trailer also suggests a convoluted story of faked identities, religious values and family divisions requiring more than 90 minutes to adequately lay out and tidy up. Sending regrets as a moviegoer in response to Zackham's RSVP is understandable.