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.