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Published February 19th 2013
IFC Films / Playtone
A jovial approach to ethnic Greek tradition; My Big Fat Greek Wedding brings you humour, ritual, food, festivity and the greatest wedding to hit the big screen. And don't forget to throw in a touch of chaos into the mix and a boisterous extended family to accompany you and there you have it; you've got what it takes to make that Greek wedding come to life – in case you ever had the wild idea of planning one yourself.
Indeed, the family is large and the wedding is wild and noisy but nonetheless, hearty and full of life too. Focused on single thirty-something year old Toula, (played by Nia Vardalos) who falls into a pit trying to find the right man and just when the hunt is over, on the receiving end, her traditional Greek-minded parents await to meet him. Envisioning their daughter with a Greek husband for all their life, disaster strikes as they see Toula clinging to Ian Miller's arm, an upper-class, Anglo-Saxon man.
He is tall, handsome and loves her dearly, but on the first meeting all Toula's parents see is his long hair falling flat on the sides of his face. But blowing things right out of proportion is his non-Greek background, upper-class parents and the vegan lifestyle he leads – things Toula's parents and extended family simply can't understand.
Shortly after the initial meeting with Ian, Toula's parents figure out some alternative dating plans for their daughter. However quite rapidly, this turns sour and with time, acceptance of Ian is achieved. This is when wedding preparations supersede and the date for the big day is finally set.
Toula's side of the family will have your stomach in knots as you sit back laughing endlessly at the differences in Greek customs to the simplicity of American life. But it is this innocent exaggeration from both sides that keeps you on your toes and creates that streak of hilarity that viewers so strongly yearn for.
I have no doubt that this Greek comedy will have you laughing uncontrollably all the way through, until you find yourself on the edge of that seat of yours. Overall, a very well-scripted and entertaining romantic comedy with fantastic acting and believable characters. The film itself is a real eye-opener; one that provides insight into the way of life of Greek people, their culture and traditions.