My Big Fat Greek Wedding Review

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A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

★★★★★

By casting Sex And The City's John Corbett (Carrie's ex-fiancee Aidan) as the romantic interest, My Big Fat Greek Wedding calls in its core audience loud and clear: young women with an eye for sharp comedy and a weakness for slush.

As such, this film serves them pretty well. It's the semi-autobiographical story of frumpy, Greek, 30-year-old Toula (played by the writer, Nia Vardalos), who has a makeover and lands Ian (Corbett). Cue the wedding, and that's about it.

But despite a weak plot, the film boasts superb comic timing - the first hour, establishing the gender politics of the Greek family, delivers line after line of sharp, dark humour. Anyone from a Greek background will laugh loudest, but there's enough universality in the close-knit-family comedy to appeal across the board.

This is the kind of romantic comedy you wish you saw more often: funny without resorting to gross gags, warm without being too sentimental and with characters that are loveable rather than stereotypes. A reminder that, while studios rush to outdo each other with expensive eye candy, simple films can be the most satisfying.