Owen Gleiberman
April 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/19/02
performer
Michael Constantine, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Nia Vardalos, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone
director
Joel Zwick
Producer
Rita Wilson
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Nia Vardalos
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a D

If ”Saturday Night Live” had ever spun an atrocious movie off its fabled ”Cheeseburgah! Cheeseburgah!” sketch, it’s doubtful the Belushi and Aykroyd characters could have been given an immigrant family any more shrill or cartoonish than the one in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film is meant to be an ugly-duckling fairy tale in which Toula (Nia Vardalos), at 30, goes to computer college but still needs permission from her dad (Michael Constantine, speaking in theeck funny Gdeek accent, no?) to stop working at his restaurant, Dancing Zorba’s.

Can she get away with marrying Ian (John Corbett), a WASPy vegetarian high school teacher? Their courtship is like something out of a makin’-whoopee comedy from 1962, and that’s nothing compared to the wedding, which turns the very concept of ”Greek” into the sort of hideous, pandering clichés that look rejected from bad Jewish and Italian sitcoms.

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