A Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and
struggles to convince her Greek family that he's Mr. Right.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Directed by Joel Zwick
Written by Nia Vardalos
Starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine,
Lainie Kazan, Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin,
Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Fiona Reid, Bruce Gray
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Screenplay
We've all got weird families. There's always some part of us that wants to be different from the way our parents raised us. That's why My Big Fat Greek Wedding is such a good movie. It's a relatable comedy with real characters. None of it is too outlandish to be made up. Of course, I don't know much about Greek culture or customs, so I can't say for certain. Still, this film is funny, memorable, and reminds its audience to love their families for who they are.
The cast is phenomenal, with most of Toula's (Nia Vardalos) family being played by actual Greek actors with the know-how to pull off such a realistic clingy family. I've no doubt in my mind that most of the events of the film came from actual situations in writer and star Nia Vardalos's life. With this in mind, the film becomes even funnier.
I didn't think I would enjoy My Big Fat Greek Wedding as much as I did. It's a solid rom-com with a good heartfelt message about family, love, and finding your own identity. Pretty much everybody can relate to a film like this. As I said, everybody has a family that's a bit odd. If anything, we should embrace the oddness and accept that it's a part of us too.