My Big Fat Greek Wedding

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +2

Dont give up completely on Hollywood until you see MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the screenplay, plays Toula, the thirtyish, overweight, plain-looking single daughter of Gus and Maria Portokalos (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan). Nagged daily by her father to marry and make babies, Toula finally breaks away from her job at the family restaurant to take some college courses, and goes to work at an aunts travel agency. The ugly duckling blossoms into a very attractive young woman with a new hairstyle, makeup and stylish clothes. She meets the love of her life, Ian Miller (John Corbett), who proves his love by embracing Toulas overbearing parents and clannish Greek community. His parents are stuffy and formal; hers are garish, loud and loving. If laughter is truly the best medicine, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING should cure any minor ailments and help you forget major ones.

The courtship of Ian and Toula begins slowly because her family would not approve of her seeing a non-Greek. As their feelings for each other intensify, an implied sexual relationship begins. The two are shown briefly falling into bed as they embrace. In spite of annoying interference from the Greek family, Ian cheerfully adopts their culture and religion in spite of Toulas willingness to elope and live far away. To fulfill Guss dream of his daughter marrying in their church, Ian is baptized so the marriage can be performed in the Greek Orthodox Church. A few crudities and two regular profanities mar the dialogue, but MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING has no nudity or violence. Although it tacitly condones premarital sex, the implied sexual relationship plays a very small part in the story. The pluses far outweigh the negatives in this delightful PG movie that celebrates family.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Lions Gate Films, 2 Bloor St. W., Ste. 1901, Toronto, ON M4W 3E2, Canada]

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Crude Language: Few (4) times Moderate

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Several (6) times Regular 2 (G-sake), Exclamatory 4

Violence: None

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple fall onto bed)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Few times (low-cut dresses emphasize cleavage of voluptuous woman)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (dating couple kiss passionately; man tricked into repeating crude phrase in Greek)

Drugs: Few times (drinking at family gatherings; couple gets drunk)

Other: Strong family values; love overcomes ethnic differences

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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