Ok, I’ll admit, this isn’t that spectacular a film – BUT it did really hit the spot because the weekend before, I saw the worst movie of 2016, which I talk about here.
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
This movie was directed by Kirk Jones and starred Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lanie Kazan, and Elena Kampouris. It takes place roughly two decades after the first film – Ian and Toula now have an 18 year old daughter, Paris. The vague semblance of a plot is the dual crises of Paris graduating from high school and wanting to escape her Greek family by attending a college very far away AND Toula’s parents discover their marriage certificate isn’t valid so they are not actually married. Greek chaos ensues as Toula’s mother refuses to marry her father legally because she feels taken for granted and Ian and Toula struggle with wanting to support their daughter in her desire to be independent but desperately wanting her to stay near to them. Add in the fact that Paris is in her first romantic relationship and the passion is waning in Ian and Toula’s and you’ve got the basics of the film.
Yes, I know it’s not groundbreaking. I know it wasn’t nominated for any awards and most people (including me) only saw it because they have some affection for the first movie (which is a classic). But – this movie didn’t make any huge promises. It promised to take a look back at the Portokalos family two decades since Ian and Toula were married. And it did just that. It simply shows a slice of familial life in a family that’s a little bit crazy and a lot Greek. And after the incredibly skin crawling let down that was Batman V Superman, it was just what I needed. Sometimes it’s nice to see a film in which a family who seems somehow more insane than mine can survive the little (and the large) stumbling blocks to happiness that crop up in life and that sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want but you still have your family. Nothing explodes, no one dies violently, no big twists – just a little bit of family time with the Portokalos’s.