Thursday, July 9, 2015

My Big Fat Greek Wedding - 8 stars out of 10

My Big Fat Greek Wedding - 8 stars out of 10

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is everything that you want from a comedy.  Goofy characters, situational irony, slapstick humor, and a loud, dysfunctional family punctuate the Oscar-nominated script written by Nia Vardalos.  Every joke in the script is delivered to perfection.  Since the script is based on Vardalos’ family and marriage to a non-Greek man, she was the obvious choice to play the lead and does so with absolute sincerity.  A good movie transports you into its setting, but a great movie convinces you that it is truth.  The jokes are fantastic from the main character’s perpetually Greek upbringing to the father’s excessive use of Windex as a household remedy.  Laughing out loud is not an option with this over-the-top cast.  Under the many layers of comedy, the film carries the important themes of embracing family (no matter how weird they are and being proud of where you came from.  I love the tribute to “That Thing You Do,” another film produced by Tom Hanks, by using and arrangement of the song “All My Only Dreams” for the first dance.  It is no surprise that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time and should be approached with the expectation of “extreme giddiness.”

[Pictured: The timing and execution of the physical comedy is spot on]

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