My Big Fat Greek Wedding - The Family Takes Over...
The movie is about the life of Toula, a 30 year Greek girl who is still single, which means she's a failure. Her mother, aunts, sister and all of her cousins are married and are making Greek babies and feeding everyone in the family. Her father is upset because she looks "old" and even his bottle of Windex cannot cure that problem!
Soon Toula meets Ian Miller who is not Greek, yet in his love for Toula, embraces her culture and family. The story revolves around their meeting and courtship and eventually their marriage which the family completely takes over from her mother picking out the wedding invitations complete with the Greek Flag on its facing (how romantic is that, I wonder???); her cousin Nicki picking out the most hideous of bridesmaids dresses (blue puffs); her family decking her out in the wedding finery turning her into a "snow beast" complete with Greek makeup.
The movie is a wonderful portrayal of a family's love for each member in the family and how each interrelates with one another. And through it all, Toula faces each moment with a loving passion that would have made most women into the ultimate Bridezilla. The one liners from her father, Gus, and his Windex cure-all are hysterical, Aunt Vula-the dingbat Whoa is me!, and her Yaya (Grandmother)'s antics are comical. But it is that Ian truly loving Toula and embracing a culture he knows nothing about that makes me love this movie. He is an only child and he and his parents are truly overwhelmed by meeting the entire family of Gus, Maria (her mother), her sister, brother, Uncles, Aunts, and cousins, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nicki and Nick (no, I'm not having problem with my keyboard. Nia names everyone in her family in this movie! It is truly one of the best of the feel good flicks that you'll watch.
I saw this movie once and had to purchase it for my video collection. There are some serious poignant scenes and a ton of laughs (Frump Girl) and to watch it, I can see parts of that movie within my family and the strange one down the street.
After you watch it on DVD, watch it again with the commentary from Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and the director Joel Zwick. There is so much insight to the movie about Nia's own experience in her own (Greek Culture and) marriage to her real life Ian (Ian Gomez). I think aside from the fact that it is a really fun-loving movie is the fact that although it is embellished with comedy it is Nia's story and she does find her prince charming in real life. Additionally, Ian Gomez does appear in the movie as the character Ian's best friend.