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Big Fat Greek Wedding

2002-09-08 22:37:28+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

Charlene and I were probably the last people in the country to go see it, but last night we went to My Big Fat Greek Wedding[Wiki]. I liked it, Charlene laughed all the way through it and could go back and see it again. It's amazing that with no real story arc (duh, she gets married) they managed to pull off a funny movie that held together well, a fun exploration of family ties and cultural identity. And normally I hate movies that end with not only a wedding, but an obligatory "and then they had kids" post-script. In this one that worked. Well. Recommended.

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#Comment made: 2002-09-09 05:41:09+00 by: Jerry Kindall

Yeah, I liked this movie too. People who complain about how predictable the plot was missed the entire point of the movie. Sometimes it's not the destination, but how you get there, that matters.

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 12:30:32+00 by: petronius

I thought it was an OK movie, but I was bothered by its gratuitous Chicago location. The star/writer/producer is from Winnipeg, Ithink, and the thing was shot in Toronto, but set in Chicago. Yet there was nothing particularly Chicagoan in the script, and all identifiable shots of the city were obviously stock footage that did not include the actors. It could have been set as easily in Cleveland or Gotham City. Now, I'm a proud son of the City of the Big Shoulders, but this is a bit silly.

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 16:23:53+00 by: starbreeze

You're not the last... I still haven't seen it because my boyfriend thinks it looks really stupid :/

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 16:42:33+00 by: Shawn

Starbreeze beat me to it. You're not the last, Dan. We haven't seen it. Although I don't remember the details of the trailer/commercial I saw, I do remember that it didn't seem to interest me in the least.

Last night we watched our DVD copy of Save The Last Dance. Yeah, it's a mainstream, MTV production (as opposed to something introduced at a film festival) but I think it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. There are so many threads/messages/points presented (and done so extremely well, too) and the acting is top-notch.

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 18:25:21+00 by: Diane Reese

I haven't seen it either. (Maybe everyone who hasn't seen it yet hangs out here?) I do have two DVDs waiting to watch from netflix: Big Night (I just love Stanley Tucci, and Tony Shalhoub is in it too, Shawn: this ties in with the Farscape thread) and The Apostle (ditto Robert Duvall). I'm really looking forward to wonderful evenings with each of them.

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 21:15:04+00 by: ghasty

It's still on my list but haven't made it...maybe next date night

#Comment made: 2002-09-09 22:43:57+00 by: TC

Yup, I have also thought about but not seen Greek Wedding. I loved the "Big Night" which most people were disappointed in(check out the ending scene. I think it is the longest uncut scene ever done)and more Tony Shalhoub and yeah I like Monk too. I hear ABC turned it down originally so it ended up on USA and now that it's sucessful has been welcomed back by the Mouse. I associate Shalhoub with "Wings" but loved him in Galaxy Quest.

#Comment made: 2002-09-11 14:38:55+00 by: Mars Saxman

Kelly and I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding last night. It was good! It was completely predictable in a real-life kind of way, but surprising if you were expecting a standard romantic comedy. There's no excruciatingly dragged out "will they/won't they" flirtation, no endless embarassments and missed opportunities, no tiny face-saving lie that grows into a great big misunderstanding... it's just a good love story that makes gentle fun of everyone along the way.