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"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
By Mira Harber
      Here's a movie where the characters are normal looking people, the American Dream comes true and we're all happy to have witnessed the fairy tale as it played out. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the story of a Greek girl Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) who is about 30 years old, unmarried, and definitely living in the frumpy stage of life. She works at Dancing Zorbas, the family restaurant, and one day Ian Miller, (John Corbett) a very un-Greek man comes to the restaurant. Toula is instantly smitten and Ian thinks that Toula is pretty funny and interesting.
     They begin to date, much to the consternation of their respective families. No-one in Toula's family has ever dated a non-Greek. When Ian's mother brings a bundt cake to a family dinner, nobody knows what it is - they've never seen one before!
     What a great change from the usual Hollywood fantasy. My Big Fat Greek Wedding reminds me of another recent movie about a wedding, the Indian film Monsoon Wedding. With both of these films I left the theater feeling happy and with a great big smile on my face. I wanted to be Greek or Indian - part of one of those big extended family cultures where everybody talks at once, the volume is set on loud, and you feel ALIVE. This is why I think people are responding so well to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The characters aren't impossibly glamourous, nothing blows up, not a terrorist for miles. Instead we have a movie with heart. 
     There are some hilarious supporting characters in this gigantic extended family. Toula's aunt (played by SC-TV comedian Andrea Marten) has one of the funniest lines in the movie. When told that Ian is a vegetarian, her aunt reponds with "That's OK. I'll make lamb". Toula's dad Gus (Michael Constantine) looks for the Greek root in all words, including kimono, and even Miller. According to Dad, Miller comes from the Greek word for apple, Portokalos for orange and so he comes to the happy conclusion that "in the end, we're all fruits".
     This really is a feel good movie, and if you haven't seen it yet and want a guaranteed smile and a warm feeling in the region of your heart, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the ticket.


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