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by Georgina Tselekidis (subscribe)
Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published March 27th 2016
A bigger and fatter Greek wedding that you won't expect

Please note this review contains spoilers.

It all began with Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett), two polar opposites from very different backgrounds and cultures. Toula's big Greek family is back again in the second installment of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This hilarious and heartfelt film is filled with lots of laughs, tears and Greek stereotypes that are alarmingly relatable.

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This time, we're introduced to Toula's teenage daughter Paris who is struggling to deal with her controlling, nosy and loud Greek family. Just like Toula in the first film, Paris is feeling suffocated by the continuous and pushy "When are you going to get married?" remarks by her papou (grandfather) Gus Portokalos. Although a mere 17 years old, this is very common in Greek families; get married, have babies and make sure you do so to a nice Greek boy.

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In the meantime, Paris is having trouble deciding between colleges, due to her family making the decision for her to attend Northwestern University in her home town, Chicago. The pushy and over controlling ways of her family naturally drive Paris to apply for various other colleges in America, such as NYU.

This is all heightened through Toula's and Ian's marital issues which have arisen due to Toula always putting her family first and constantly worrying about her daughter. We see both parents struggle to accept their daughter's decision in applying to different schools outside of Chicago, and this drives them further apart. This is very familiar in Greek households, as Greek parents can be a little controlling in terms of career goals, relationships and personal life choices. They want the best for their children, and in doing so they unknowingly push their children away. It's a trait that most Greek parents and grandparents have. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be overbearing growing up as a teenager with this constantly crowding your space.

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With the help from Toula's hilarious aunty Voula, both Ian and Toula learn to make their relationship work by spending more time with one another, away from their family.

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However, Toula's persistent anxiety for her family is shown through her unlimited attempts in 'fixing' their issues, as we are confronted with a secret that involves both of Toula's parents. Gus and Maria Portokalos realise that their marriage certificate is void and was never actually signed by the Greek priest. This creates a hysterical uproar in the Portokalos family, and Toula is determined to 'fix it' by marrying off her parents properly. The problem is, Maria Portokalos wants to organise her wedding the right way, with a wedding planner, an extravagant dress and embellished decor. Of course, Gus cannot afford the wedding that she wants, and Maria is beginning to question whether marriage is the right choice for her (even though they were supposedly married for 50 years).

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Toula strives to create the wedding of both her parents' dreams and gathers help from her relatives, because family sticks together. As the film progresses, we see a more deep and underlying message of the film, the idea that all Greek women must get married and have babies is questioned. It's a very warming topic that may bring a tear to the eye. We're raised believing that all there is to life is marriage, kids, family and a house, yet the other options of wanting a career, travelling the world and so on are seldom considered. This is an oppressed topic for many Greek women, who continue to follow this typical cycle of life. From grandmothers to our own mothers, the younger generation have seen this lifestyle consume our elders. They no longer have time for their own wants and needs, and its sadly a reality for many European females.

The film conveys the importance of family, as well as the message to follow your heart and defy traditions or stereotypes that you don't agree with. We see this with Paris, who decides to attend NYU instead of pleasing her parents and family by attending university in Chicago.



My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 didn't receive the best reviews, in fact it was mocked a little. However, it's hard for many to understand the films true meaning, as well as relate to it like many European cultures can. It hit a little close to home, as I've always struggled to fit into a westernised environment being of Greek heritage and being raised by my mum and yiayia (grandmother). Yet, growing up as an adolescent I also challenged stereotypical Greek ideals, and this was hard for my parents and family to acknowledge. At times, this made me feel like an outsider, or lost and torn between two opposing worlds that value different things. I've luckily found a balance now, and I appreciate my childhood and everything my culture has taught me. Similarly, I have learnt to adjust to unfamiliar and different surrounds, values and lifestyles than my own. From the Greek origins of English words to Windex as the almighty curing elixir, I wouldn't have my life any other way and I'm proud to be Greek. Not only does this film highlight the unbreakable bond of a Greek family, it emphasises acceptance between cultures and minorities, a significant theme that is prevalent today.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is currently playing in theatres around Australia.
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I am looking forward to seeing this.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 839 days ago
The first film was seen in the Capri at Goodwood. The large local audience killed themselves laughing.
by daviddon@dodo.com.au (score: 2|555) 839 days ago
I LV GREEK SWEETS SOUVLAKI AND GREEK MUSIC ZORBA HERE I COME
by Geraldine (score: 1|89) 839 days ago
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