Dir: Joel Zwick, 2002
Nia Vardalos’ smash hit is a simple retelling of an old story.
Greek girl, Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), is single and works in the family’s restaurant.
Her father, Gus, is constantly on at her to find a man. A Greek man, to be precise.
Toula meets Ian (John Corbett), a teacher…and not Greek. They hit it off and fall in love, much to the chagrin of her father.
The Portokalos family is close. Very close. Very, VERY close.
As Toula prepares for her wedding, the entire family make themselves known to Ian, his parents and everybody within a ten mile radius.
It’s a wonder why it was such a smash hit. There’s nothing particularly outstanding about the film or original.
There are some funny lines from the family, and seeing how overbearing they are raises a few smiles.
But, that’s it. In some respects it reminds me of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, with the whole outsider being brought into the family.
It’s just not very funny.
The jokes are a little too obvious. You can see them coming a mile away and the transformation from ugly ducking to swan is not as effective as it should be.
Some of the characters should have had more screen time. The grandma is amusing and more of her would have been welcome.
It was good to see a ‘PG’ rated family film rather than a ’12’ rated one.
Aside from that, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is dull and lifeless.