When I scan my DVD shelves, there are some movies that merit their place in my collection because they are truly great films. There are Oscar winners, classics, and life-changing movies. These movies, like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Saving Private Ryan”, aren’t necessarily the movies that get watched the most often. There are other movies that, even if they aren’t technically the best movie ever made, are always a pleasure to watch. These are the movies that you can watch over and over again no matter what kind of mood you’re in.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a great example of a movie that stands up well to repeated viewings. In fact, I think “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” actually gets more entertaining after being re-watched several times.
I first fell in love with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when I was engaged. Although we’re not Greek, both my husband and I come from large extended families with different backgrounds. It was great to watch another couple preparing for a wedding and bringing their families together (luckily our families never roasted a whole goat on the lawn).
In the movie, Toula (played by Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the movie) is the frumpy, not-getting-any-younger, reliable middle child in a very Greek family in Chicago. Toula goes on a journey of self-discovery as she returns to college, develops her own talents and interests, and has a major makeover. She also meets and quickly falls in love with school teacher Ian (John Corbett). Their engagement brings their two very different families together.
When described on its own, the story line is sweet and fairly predictable. What makes the movie, though, is all of the family interactions. There is so much humor in this movie because it is so realistic. Don’t expect forced jokes or punch lines. Instead just be entertained by the quirky families as they interact with each other. It’s like being around a real family with relatives that both love each other and drive each other crazy. There’s so much banter that I seem to notice new lines every time that I watch the film (and that’s been a lot of times). You can’t help but start quoting the movie as well. Vardalos created a great intricate script.
The family type of scenes is very much in the same genre as other romantic comedies like “While You Were Sleeping”. Because of the humor and family interactions in it, this movie is more than just a romantic comedy. It’s just a great movie. No, the cinematography isn’t particularly memorable, and it was never going to win an Oscar or be labeled as epic. If you want a DVD that you can watch over and over again, though, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a perfect choice. It’s fun to watch, and really is a feel-good film.