Thursday, August 01, 2002

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IMDB) (Netflix)
Time to catch up to some of the box office back markers. This little slice-of-life comedy "has legs"--it's been in theaters for several months and is enjoying good word of mouth, so there's something going on here.

Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the screenplay, plays a Greek-American woman on the verge of spinsterhood who "meets cute" with hunky non-Greek John Corbett ("Aiden" on "Sex and the City"). Hilarity apparently ensues as every oil-and-water situation between Greeks and WASPs is mined for comedy gold, but they don't dig very deep, so while the film is unassumingly charming and is indeed a crowd-pleaser, it's more a catalog of genre moments than a real story that stands on its own two feet. Some nice bits from SCTV's Andrea Martin, who adds much-needed edginess.