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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Love is here to stay... so is her family.
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.
I'm going to take this opportunity to talk about suicide.
I was fucking around on my phone yesterday and came across a picture that Jacob Bannon of Converge had posted on his instagram. It was of a bag of coffee he had purchased from sipofhope.org, and all the proceeds went to HOPE FOR THE DAY (hftd.org), a non-profit out of Chicago that helps kids use music and the arts to keep themselves from committing suicide. See this really appeals to me.
Throughout my life suicide has always been an option that had some sort of appeal to me. There have always been points in my life that seem so overwhelming that the best, simplest solution seems to be for me…
Windex joke really sticks around.
Because the cast is not A-list nor exceedingly good looking this film kind of looks…. real. A romance involving not impossibly attractive people, but a 30-year-old woman (played by a 40 year old woman) and a long haired vegetarian high school teacher with a big face. Set in a real world and not in a Hollywood alternative universe this film trudges slowly through the usual Hollywood script, frumpy boring woman, woman changes appearance, woman meets professional man, families’ culture shock shock, big wedding, the end.
Warm-hearted this may be, but nothing much more.
Love wins the day and the melting pot ensues.
I did not choose to watch this. It's not terrible but it's just not my sort of film.
Joey Fatone in a film? Playing a Greek?
Seeing this film with my mum and sister at our local cinema is one of my earliest memories of moviegoing. I was 9, and there were exactly 12 people occupying the 400+ seat theatre.
A little movie that became the little movie that could, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was an astounding hit in 2002, going on to make back its $5 million budget 61 times over and earn the title of the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. Looking back on it now, its success seems almost bizarre. Why did people love this movie so much?
It's not a masterpiece, but this movie can make me laugh unlike just about anything else ("Don't play with your food! When I was your age, we didn't have food!"), and the entire cast is pitch perfect. I wish Nia Vardalos would produce something else this good - though I am a big fan of 2004's Connie and Carla.
It's interesting to watch certain films years after they invaded the cultural zeitgeist, removed from the kind of hype and public fervor that surrounded them upon their initial release. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a particularly interesting case, as I never realized just how huge this film became. Not only did the little independent feature from a television director, with no name stars to speak of, end up earning an Oscar nomination for its screenplay and a SAG nomination for its ensemble cast, but it also took in a staggering $368 million worldwide (on a $5 million budget, making it one of the three most profitable films of all time) and received a failed television spin-off sitcom. Somehow the…
This smartly written romantic comedy has a lot of heart and an excellent story about family. There are tons of quotable one-liners in this movie and some great running gags that were a lot of fun to watch. The characters are what really make this film great. They all feel really genuine and were very charming but also wildly funny. Being married to a Greek myself I found this to be a pretty accurate representation of the Greek culture, although taken to the extreme at times for comedic effect.
Funny for a lazy afternoon
Windex joke really sticks around.
Charming and Hilarious!
<3 Nia Vardalos
Screw you guys, I've always liked this. One of my favourite rom-coms, a genuinely sweet movie starring likeable people. It helps that I used to date a Greek girl and basically what stood in our way was the whole 'Greek' thing. She told me to watch this as preparation for our relationship getting more serious...and then bailed, citing the same reasons. As if she wanted me to understand why she was weird was relationships. It's cool. I still like the movie. I married someone else. I'm happy. I still like Nia Vardalos.
Come for the first act, stay out of pity and for the occasional joke.
It gets really formulaic, predictable, and boring. Sometimes you might even be convinced you've channel-hopped onto some obscure late night soap opera, only to be reminded it's actually a movie.
Even rom-com fans might want to give this tedious tale a skip...
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