THE BLESSED EVENT After a de-frumping makeover, Toula (Nia Vardalos) lands a kind and loving floppy-haired stud (John Corbett). Yet nobody in her (very large) family has ever married a non-Greek, and that along with a wedding-day zit creates complications in an ethnic comedy featuring a lot of characters named Nick.
WHY IT TAKES THE CAKE Written by Vardalos, and shepherded to the screen by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Wedding grossed an astonishing $241 million without ever once spending a weekend at No. 1 on the box office charts. The movie garnered Vardalos an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and produced a short-lived sitcom spin-off, My Big Fat Greek Life. One just has to wonder if it goosed sales of Windex, which was advertised throughout the film as a wacky Greek spray-on cure-all.
EW MOVIE GRADE D
(Joshua Rich and Gregory Kirschling also contributed to this gallery)