In 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding grew out of obscurity and into a pop culture phenomenon but since then I feel that it’s been unfairly derided. This movie suffered from a massive backlash in my perception. If you tell a person in 2016 that My Big Fat Greek Wedding made an impression on you, you are looked at like you just said your favorite band is Nickelback. It’s decidedly unhip to like this movie. I think it’s a fascinating case of a movie going from being under-appreciated to over-exposed and then back to underappreciated. Can you think of any other movies that have boomeranged around like that in terms of public perception?
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is far from perfect. It’s broad like a sitcom (it’s directed by Joel Zwick who did a lot of Full House episodes), filled with peculiar details (She still lives at home? She’s supposed to be 30 years old?) and sometimes leaden line delivery (mostly Vardalos, who is not easy screen company), but it’s infused with such charm and goodwill that those elements outdo (I’m not going to use the word “trump”) the more problematic ones for me. I like that the movie knows its characters inside and out and is a great hangout movie akin to a celebration amongst friends. It’s also a movie you should take notice of because it’s filled with great comedic performances led by Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin and Lainie Kazan. Say what you want about the movie, but you can’t deny that those three play the shit out of these roles. Also, if I could be any guy, I would want to be John Corbett. I don’t know. It’s the voice. #I’mWeird
I’m fine with you if you hate this movie. You are entitled to dislike whatever you want for many reasons; however, I think this movie is hated on a lot because it’s something people think they’re supposed to hate. It’s so weird to me that a movie that was such a word of mouth success when it was released (it played in theaters for nearly a year, which never happens anymore) has become such a punching bag for a vocal minority (or maybe a majority) in the film community. It’s like Forrest Gump in that way, aka “How dare it win the Oscars?” In the case of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it’s like “How dare it be so successful?” Why do we put things on a pedestal only to savor to take them back down?
*It probably will be shit since almost all comedy sequels are, especially ones that are released over a decade after the original movie.