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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Pepperkat, the Mrs., and I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding last week. Very funny. Very cute. Not much for the brain to do, but not entirely vapid. It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it…wait…wrong review…um, no, actually that works here too. It just takes the concept that we all are embarrassed by/are stuck with our families and blows it up to ludicrous proportions.

Nia Vardalos is perfectly suited to the role of the “why aren’t you married to a nice Greek boy?” daughter, and her chemistry with ex-Northern Exposure star John Corbett is good.

But the real stars are the family members: Michael Constantine as the suffering head of the house, Lainie Kazan as the “eat something, you’ll feel better” mama, SCTV’s Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula, Louis Mandylor as the annoying brother, ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone and Gia Carides as the annoying cousins….and, of course, Bess Meisler as the crazy grandmother.

The fact that they are Greek is irrelevant. This family could just as easily be Jewish, Polish, Italian, Japanese or whatever yours is.

Highly recommended as a funny movie that shouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings (unless you’re an easily offended Greek with no sense of humor).

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  • db

    I loved the movie as did everyone that I know who saw it. Why the word of mouth buzz? (because this movie succeeded on word of mouth buzz, not a huge ad campaign). I believe that the review captures one piece – wonderful acting by the entire ensemble. The other wonderful feature is the story. We knew the story as we went in, nonetheless, it is a story that we love. Movie goers need ‘feel good’ movies. This movie feels good without getting corny or shmaltzy. It also makes me hungry for a greek salad and some taramasalata on the side.