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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Year: 2002
Production Co: Playtone
Director: Joel Zwick
Producer: Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson
Writer: Nia Vardalos
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Gia Carides
Apparently a huge hit in the US, and certainly one of the kind of films marketing and distribution people call 'feelgood', but more a collection of overt laughs than anything.

Dowdy daughter of Greek family Toula (Vardalos) has no life, is past her use by date to be a Greek baby-producing machine and has no prospects. But inspired by a beautiful stranger in her family's restaurant (Corbett), she does a college course, gets a few makeovers and becomes a stereotypical bird let out of her cage, beautiful, smart, frightened and vulnerable.

Once more meeting the object of her desire, they fall in love, want to get married, and the rest of the film is a series of good natured comic potshots at Greek family culture, with lashings of rosy, heartfelt glowing about the love and togetherness of the culture as well.

The continuity, characterisations, plot, direction and performances are all simple and straight laced (all fracturing a little here and there), any standout success owing only to the lowest-common-racial-denominator (but genuine) laughter.

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