This movie was "ok" but not great. Michael Constantine steals the movie about a nerdy girl who works in a travel agency. One day she is attracted to a man that looks in. The man happened to be someone she waited on in her father's Greek restaurant. She decides to pretty herself up and then starts to date the man.
There is a clash of culture as his family is definately not Greek. The Greek family is shown to be very large and fun going while the young man's family is very stiff and proper.
The highlight of the movie is the constant wanderings of the girl's grandmother and her father's constant insistance that every word in the English language comes from a Greek root.
I liked it but I was not overwhelmed by it like some people. Still it is better than a lot of the new movies out there.
There are very few films that I am willing to watch over and over just for the sake of the film itself. I would call these my ‘guilty pleasure’ films, because I have seen them way too many times and still haven’t grown bored of them. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of these films. There was a time in my life when it felt like I could swear that I knew every single line of this movie from start to finish. When I first heard about this movie, I was reluctant to … more
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is a pure joy, beloved and adored by audiences all over the world. Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) meets the charming and handsome Ian Miller (John Corbett) and they fall in love. There is only one small problem...Toula's big fat Greek family! The movie is so well-known that I won't elaborate on the machinations of the plot, this film is such a charmer. Filled with lovely performances from the entire cast especially Lainie Kazan and Andrea Martin … more
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a light hearted movie that touches on good family values. Toula, a low key conservative woman works in her family's Greek restaurant but yearns to find some happiness on her own. She takes computer classes which gives her an opportunity to do more meaningful work as a travel agent within her aunt's company. At this point, Toula allows herself to be romanced by Ian, a free spirited teacher. The fireworks really begin to fly when Toula's family find … more
This movie was "ok" but not great. Michael Constantine steals the movie about a nerdy girl who works in a travel agency. One day she is attracted to a man that looks in. The man happened to be someone she waited on in her father's Greek restaurant. She decides to pretty herself up and then starts to date the man. There is a clash of culture as his family is definately not Greek. The Greek family is shown to be very large and fun going while the young man's family is very stiff and proper.The highlight … more
Like everybody else, I appreciate knowing in advance if a film is poor so I can avoid it; also, I prefer to "discover" an especially enjoyable film rather than hear or read raves about it in advance. This is one of three films I saw for the first time without knowing anything about them, the other two being Good Will Hunting and Bend It Like Beckham. Although I consider none a "great film," I thoroughly enjoyed all three but for different reasons I shall briefly discuss.Directed by Joel Zwick and … more
Hollywood doesn't do very well when it comes to making movies about families that people actually enjoy watching. To paraphrase Bruce Campbell, I think it's all the spores that are effecting the brains of the L.A. sub-culture. So when a wonderful little movie like MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING comes along and ends up breaking all kinds of records and earning tons of money, it really shouldn't be any surprise to anyone. I saw this movie in the theatre three weeks before the video came out and it was the … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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It's not surprising thatMy Big Fat Greek Weddinggrew more popular over the course of its theatrical release (whereas most blockbusters open big and then drop precipitously)--not only does it have believable situations and engaging characters, but these characters (particularly our romantic heroine, Toula, played by writer and performer Nia Vardalos) look like actual human beings instead of plastic movie stars. The result is the very accessible tale of Greek-American Toula (whose family sees her as over the hill at 30), who falls for a WASPy guy named Ian (John Corbett) and then has to endure the outrage, doubt, and ultimate acceptance of her deeply ethnically centered family. The actors invest their wildly stereotypical portrayals with sincerity and compassion, giving the movie an honest warmth instead of Hollywood schmaltz. ButMy Big Fat Greek Weddingultimately succeeds because of Vardalos; her intelligent, down-to-earth presence and charm carry the film.--Bret Fetzer