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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

  Starring: John Corbett, Nia Vardalos
Links: My Big Fat Greek Wedding on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

"Fun with a capital Φ" - a review by pearly

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is like the American, feminine version of The Wog Boy (2000). Fotoula (or Toula for short, played by Nia Vardalos) lives with her Greek parents, and works in their Greek restaurant. Her parents are waiting (not so patiently) for Toula to marry a nice Greek boy and start having many kids. But Toula's not convinced this is what she wants, and when she meets Ian (John Corbett, who just about every girl I know seems to swoon over, having watched him on Sex and the City) she knows what she wants. Him.

Obviously, things don't go exactly to plan. The movie highlights the differences between the American (western) and Greek cultures in a humorous way. From the over-protectiveness of Toula's brother and cousins ("if you hurt her, we will kill you... oopa!") to the difference between Ian's quiet, country-club-going parents and Toula's ouzo-swilling, touchy-feely parents (and aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.), there's much fun being poked.

I found the whole thing a lot of fun, but some of it seemed a little tacked-on and unnecessary. One example of this was the whole grandmother storyline, where she kept trying to run away from home. A very stereotypical elderly Greek woman with a hunched back and black robes - but just nothing to do with the rest of the storyline, and not even particularly funny.

It's also not possible for me to review this movie without pointing out that I find it very disturbing that a member of NSYNC was in it (namely, Joey Fatone). Please, Joey, having you in my ears is bad enough, but when I have to look at you as well, it just makes me want to scream.

Touted as being hilarious, I found lots of funny little bits, but nothing laugh-out-loud knee-slappingly so. Still, it's more than just comedy. It's about the way families are (Greek and otherwise), and it's about doing something because you want to, not just doing what's expected of you. I really enjoyed it, as a relaxing feel-good movie.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 29 Sep 2002

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