Review Date: December 14, 2002
Director: Joel Zwick
Writer: Nia Vardalos
Producers: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman
Nia Vardalos as Toula
John Corbett as Ian
Michael Constantine as Gus
I come from an ethnic background myself, hung out with Armenians, Greeks and Italians my whole life, and even though some of the stuff was familiar and cute (like the grandma thing, the whole "spitting" superstition, as well as the overprotective dad), most of it was just too obvious and "easy" (like watching Leno). Furthermore, pretty much all of the characters, other than the two leads, were barely given any dimension. Now that I think about it, Corbett's character didn't have much meat to him either (just call him "bland boy"). A perfect example is Vardalos' brother Nick, who seemed like an interesting enough character to develop, but all we ever got from him were a couple of clues about his artistic inclination and unfulfilled potential. Of course, many of my smaller quirks wouldn't matter so much if I had laughed throughout this movie, but the truth is that very few jokes even made me smile. I thought the early stuff with Vardalos looking like a complete nerd was overdone and fake, and even the rest of the stuff wasn't particularly inspired (ex: the father constantly finding the Greek in every word). I laughed once or twice but that was about it. Combine that with a script which contained very few hurdles, many stereotypical characters and a wedding that turned out to be...not altogether exciting either, and in my point of view, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is one of the most overrated movies of the year.
Yes, it's got a couple of cute moments, it's refreshing to see a romantic comedy starring a "regular" woman (Hollywood, take notice-stop turning women into celery sticks!) and some decent lovey-dovey scenes did pop up here and there, but on the whole, this film didn't make me laugh much, didn't make me "aaaaaah" much and didn't give me any more insight into its astronomical popularity. Then again, maybe I'm just bitter cause shit didn't work out with my apparent "perfect family girl" and I'm just taking it out on this movie as payback. Naaaaaaaaaah! Hehehe...now where's that ouzo again!? Hoppa!