12 years ago, the movie going audience was introduced to Toula (Nia Vardalos), the lead character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Toula is unmarried at the age of 30. Her large and traditional Greek family worry that something is wrong with her.
She has spent most of her adult life working in the family restaurant, feeling put upon by her loving but out there family. After going to school, she meets Ian (John Corbett). They fall in love quickly and he proposes. She accepts and takes him to meet her family. The only problem: He is not Greek and according to her family, that is initially unacceptable. After jumping through hoops, the wedding goes on, but not without a few hilarious hiccups.
I love this movie. What makes this film so good is that there are so many of us who feel like they can relate to Toula. Over a certain age and single, our traditional families are concerned about us, but do it in a way that is more cringe worthy than helpful. This film is memorable because it could take place in a specific cultural or religious group and still be universal.
I recommend it.