‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ (2002)

Hey! Remember that one failure of a sitcom called “My Big Fat Greek Life“? You remember how it failed miserably because they replaced the male lead and so no one had any chemistry? Yeah, well that failure of a sitcom was based on “My Big Fat Greek Wedding“, which I remember enjoying, but the thing is, how can any movie with Joey Fatone be any good, even if he is an unimportant character? Let’s find out.

When this film begins, we are introduced to the strangeness of the Portokalos family. A Greek family that has a long history of  being proud of their heritage. Toula (Nia Vardalos)is the runt of the family, and works a little different than everyone else in her family, and doesn’t feel she needs to follow the rules of her family, but to be independent without being disrespectful. Her life changes when a man walks into her family-owned restaurant. It was Ian Miller (John Corbett), a man who was…hold your gasps for later please…NOT GREEK.

It was more than his own heritage that didn’t match her lifestyle, the man was also vegetarian, which makes for some good food humor. With the title, it’s not super hard to predict what will happen next, yes yes they get engaged. The only problem with that is, it takes way too long to get to the point, They get engaged halfway into the movie. It respectively does have some good characterization, that would all be fine if they didn’t spoil the halfway point with the title. That may just be me, but it iffed me.

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It’s obvious where the humor in this film comes from. Stereotypes, lots and lots of stereotypes. In that way, it’s kind of like a parody, but what separates a parody from a regular comedy is that separating line between obnoxious and over-the-top humor, and just enough jokes mixed in with some seriousness when need be. Yes, it has steretypical humor, but somehow, it works for it perfectly, because it is being portrayed by great actors.

It’s a romantic comedy, so it is bound to be predictable, so as I always say, how is the road to that predictable ending portrayed? It’s fantastic, the humor that I mentioned  is fresh, it continues on and on, and never goes overboard. It is serious when it needs to be, and just about everything has great pacing. A romantic comedy also needs that chemistry, and to be honest, I thought these characters…all of them…had tremendous chemistry, there wasn’t much about their characters that didn’t seem real, no matter how loony they are (and they really are).

The music fit the movie so well, and I would be able to recognize it anywhere. Do you know how hard that is for me to say about a movie? It’s score was very memorable, it fit the Greek background perfectly all the way to the very first few notes of the first song in the score. I could tell you what movie you were watching before it faded in from black. Now sure, there are other movies out there that I would be able to do the same thing with, but if anything can do that, they had a smart composer.

Everything was in place for this movie, they really shouldn’t have moved on to make a TV shows with all of the actor returning but Ian’s character and actor. Worst decision ever, and unnecessary. The movie was also very good, but it didn’t blow me away, so I had to dock for that. Overall? The movie is fun and you should check it out.

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