Big, fat and funny
EVERYONE'S INVITED: Nia Vardalos and John Corbett
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (ENGLISH)
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Dir: Joel Zwick
TOULA PORTOKALOS is thirty and the "seating hostess" at the family restaurant, Dancing Zorbas. Her father has been telling her since she was fifteen to do what all nice Greek girls were meant to do - "marry Greek boys, make Greek babies and feed everyone."
Toula however wants to do something different and she follows the piper to do computer classes and work at one of her innumerable aunts' travel agency where she meets and falls in love with Ian Miller, a high school teacher who is vegetarian and horror of horrors not Greek.
Love naturally conquers all and Ian decides to get baptised in the Greek Orthodox Church.
As the wedding date draws near, there is much feasting and feasting and much planning about invites and the people to call.
Ian meets Toula's huge noisy family (27 first cousins) where everyone knows everyone else and is intensely interested in everyone else's affairs.
Toula's father with a passion for proving that every word has Greek origins (including kimono) is satisfied when he explains that Miller is derived from the Greek word for apple while Portokalos means orange so he concludes, "we may be different but we are all fruit."
Nia Vardalos, who plays Toula also wrote the screenplay based on her one-act play.
A warm happy believable film, one can easily identify with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, given our penchant for extended families, marriage ceremonies and meals.
The characters might seem rather broad and stereotypical, (warm caring mother, perfect elder sister, hulking brother with artistic longings, strait laced father, anaemic WASP in-laws, buxom aunt and kookie grandmother) but what the heck this is a straightforward story with some genuinely funny moments.
When a movie has its heart in the right place like this one you are willing to forgive it anything.
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