My Big Fat Greek Wedding
I have a pet theory that
all that is really needed to make a popular "chick film" is to use the word
"wedding" in the title. But that doesn't mean that they can't be made
interesting for guys, too. Four Weddings & A Funeral, My Best
Friend's Wedding and even Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer are
just a few films off the top of my head that understood that. Sadly,
less so for this film.
has its heart
in the right place, but it ends up being as awkward and unwieldy as its
title. While it is a perfectly nice movie, it is not
as romantic, nor is it as comic as it wants to be. The romantic sparks
sort of fizzle because star and writer Nia Vardalos and her waspy love
interest, played by John Corbett of My Big Fat Greek WeddingSex & the City, are both charming
and interesting characters separately, but they never really click together.
You never really see what he sees in her other than the fact that she's
charmingly neurotic, nor do you see what she sees in him other than he's
handsome and not Greek.
Instead, the film becomes an
obsessive-compulsive look at the wedding as a process, the dressing,
the setting up, the fears, the bride waking up with a zit on the big
Beyond being a marriage movie, this film also wants to be
a look at a big, loud, quirky ethnic family unit a la Moonstruck, but
unfortunately without that film's intricacy and simmering passions.
Lainie Kazan is charming, if over-the-top as usual, as the matriarch of the
it's nice to see Lainie making the leap from playing Jewish mothers to
playing a Greek mother). As the father, Michael Constantine is totally
chewing the scenery, sort of showing why he hasn't really worked much since the
days of Room 222. They are loud, they are boisterous, they are
obsessive-compulsive about being Greek, but they aren't really all that interesting or funny.
you are a woman, you will probably like My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
If you're a guy, it won't bring out the cold sweat feeling of... say... The Divine Secrets of the
Ya-Ya Sisterhood... but there's really no reason to watch this... unless
you want to prove you're sensitive to a woman. (4/02)
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Posted: February 22,