Books and Movies Reviews

My Big Fat Greek America

Joel Zwick's, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is making all the noise in dinner conversations of Greek American households.To the average person this romantic comedy is like all others, but to Greek Americans it is a documentary of a typical Greek family in the United States.It has all the elements of a normal romantic comedy but adds a little twist.It is the typical girl meets guy, girl falls in love with guy and girl marries guy with a little extra.It's more like Greek girl meets "xeni"(strange, foreign, not Greek) guy, Greek girl falls in love with xeni, family doesn't accept guy because he's not Greek, girl struggles with situation but ends up like all the rest; girl marries guy.
Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is 30, single, Greek, and is a waitress or should I say seating hostess in her family’s restaurant, Dancing Zorba’s, in Chicago. All her father Gus (Michael Constantine) wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy."A Greek women's job is to marry a Greek boy, make Greek babies and feed everyone till the day they die". But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother (Laine Kazan) convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college, making him think it’s his idea, but remember ;the man is the head of the house but the women is the neck and the neck can turn the head anyway it wants;. After getting experience by taking those classes, Toula begins a new job running her aunt Voula;s (Andrea Martin) travel agency, again making her father think it’s his idea. She meets Ian Miller (John Corbett), a teacher, and a dreamboat that she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is beside himself over her dating a non-Greek, blaming himself for her "misfortunes". He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula’s huge family which is unlik…


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