Feature Film Friday: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

As a writer I always get a kick out of films that start with narration, because much like the first lines of a novel they instantly let the reader know if this is a book worth reading. And the first time I heard the opening lines, delivered flawlessly by actress/writer Nia Vardalos, I knew that this one was a keeper. Toula (Vardalos) responds to her fathers complaints about her elderly unmarried life with:

My dad’s been saying that to me since I was fifteen, because nice Greek girls are supposed to do three things in life- marry Greek boys, make Greek babies, and feed everyone until the day we die.

Aha! Now this is silver screen gold! Now, we know what kind of movie this is! Nia’s clever wit and brilliantly delivered lines poke fun at the quirks that families, no matter where they are from, drive us crazy with. My whole family has seen this movie so many times that we ALL know every characters lines by heart- in fact my sister can do a mean Gus Portokalos, and I an deliver Aunt Voula’s lines like a pro.

MBFGW is one of those feel-good movies that never, ever, get’s old. Casted, written, acted, and directed perfectly, this movie delivers plenty of laughs and the perfect dose of heartfelt moments.

Memorable My Big Fat Greek Wedding Quote:

When I was growing up, I knew I was different. The other girls were blonde and delicate, and I was a swarthy six-year-old with sideburns.

I pretty sure you can catch the whole thing on youtube here, but you’ll love it so much you’ll probably want to buy it. In which case, it’s usually available at target or walmart for $5.

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