Directed by Joel Zwick, starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan.
Thirty-years-old, still living at home, still working as a waitress for dad Gus (Constantine), still under his thumb and still no boyfriend. But Toula Portokalos (Vardalos) wants more. So she gets a hairdo, takes a night course and goes to work in her aunt's travel agency. And then along comes Ian ('Sex and the City's John Corbett) and it seems love is in store. He's smart, handsome, funny - and not Greek.
Adapted by Vardalos from her one-woman show about growing up and produced by Tom Hanks, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' manages to be likeable and disappointing all at once. The first half-hour is the real treat as Vardalos introduces us to her oddball family: there are statues in the front garden, her father is adamant any ailment can be cured by spraying window cleaning fluid on it, her grandmother – who doesn't speak a word of English - is convinced her son is a Turk who wants to kill her. It's predictable culture comedy but it's well done and played out by an ensemble cast with a first hand knowledge of what they're joking about.
However, once Mr Right appears, the film loses that certain something and becomes an all too predictable trip to the altar. It will still make you smile, but with Vardalos so believable in the part and Constantine so good as the put upon Gus, there were a lot more laughs here for the taking. You never get the feeling that anything is going to get in the way of true love and despite Gus' worries about Ian being a "Xeno", there isn't enough drama to take 'My Big Greek Wedding' out of TV movie territory.
Still, for taking $110m on a budget of around $5m and without even a B-List cast, this film restores your faith as a fresh idea beats a big name extravaganza hands down.