genre: comedy, romance
It's been a while that I have seen the original and don't remember that much of it other than that I liked it. Now 14 years later they have made this sequel and probably nobody was really waiting for it. So is it worth your time?
I am not going to beat around the bush and tell you that it is. Why? Since despite the emphasis of the supposed strange and weird Greek family of main character Toula (Nia Vardalos) their antics are very recognizable. I am sure that people have or know family members with their own special mindsets and quirks. And they rather don't want to be seen in public with them. Some of them are real characters like Toula's father Gus. For example he is pushing his granddaughter Paris (Toula's daughter) to marry. Paris is still in school about to graduate high school and still a little young for that. But the way Gus speaks is shameless and too paternalistic. Gus is also a very stubborn man and seem to think he can cure physical pain with windex. Then there is the fact that all of the family members live close to each other since they are very close. Too close actually. No one in the family is left alone for too long and everyone is very happy to meddle in all kinds of affairs. In the end though all that matters is that their heart is in the good place and they mean well. The interactions and situations surrounding the family are providing the most laughs but Nia Vardalos herself strangely enough doesn't do much in this movie. It was like she had taken a backseat and gave other actors more room to shine. Probably a very good idea since they were the funniest.
Now you must be wondering what excuse they used to have another big Greek wedding. Well, Gus and Maria (Toula's parents) who were under the impression that they were married for over 50 years never actually got married legally. It is here when trouble starts brewing since pig headed Gus refuses to propose to his Maria and Maria is not having it. This might be the typical romcom stuff most of you were expecting but I thought it was rather refreshing. One remark I have to make about Lainie Kazan who plays Maria. She has fallen victim to this disease called plastic surgery. She looks weird because of it. To such an extent that it is possible that you will be distracted by her.
I was ready to dislike this film with a passion especially in the beginning but I never could do so since most of the jokes were genuinely funny. But don't expect laugh out loud moments. Think more, oh yeah, I have an aunt who does that. Or damn, he acts like my crazy uncle Louie... Overall My Big Fat Greek Wedding is very universal as it concerns family and parenthood. Most of you will be able to relate to this.