A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Title :My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Release : 2 August 2002
Genre :Comedy, Family, Romance
Stars :Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) movie review
Kudos to Nia Vardalos for bringing such a gem to the silver screen! I’ve seen many romantic comedies. In fact, they’re my favorite genre besides “chick flicks” to indulge in when I do watch movies. From classics like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Pretty Woman”, “Moonstruck”, and “Overboard “to the contemporary standards “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Bridget Jones Diary”, and “Monster-In-Law.” I’ve watched and enjoyed them but not one of them resonates with me like/has made me laugh harder than “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” does. This film is brilliant and how the sleeper hit became one of the highest grossing films and the accolades it’s received (an Oscar nod for Nia’s screenplay of the film) can attest to that.
I’m not Greek at all (I’m African-American with a family large as, if not larger than, the Portokalos family) but I learned a lot from this film, as Gus (the protagonist Toula’s father; played by Michael Constantine) breaks down the history of the Greeks in a witty, wry way that only he can. In fact, I’d like to think because of this film I’m insightful about any and everything Greek. I love the simplicity and uniqueness of the premise: Greek woman past her prime (as far as her vast family is concerned) marries Anglo-Saxon male but it’s far from a fairy tale in the weeks leading up to the big day. We come to meet everyone from Toula’s mother, Maria (Lainie Kazan) to her fine ass younger brother Nick (Louis Mandylor) to the always hilarious Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin). It’s just a feelgood family film that one can count on for many laughs and one may even see themselves or their families in it. I’m highly upset I just found out about it today and it’s been released for well over a decade but I’m pleased to know there’s a sequel that I’ll be watching as soon as I’m done with this review.