Movie Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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The film that I chose was My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The movie is a romantic comedy about a 30-year-old single woman Toula living in Chicago with her family. As a Greek girl, being raised by a very traditional Greek family she always wanted to be like the other girls instead of going to Greek School she wanted to attend traditional public school and eat American. She was looked down upon by her family because she was supposed to be married to a Greek man, have Greek children, and feed people, which she had not yet accomplished at 30. She was constantly made fun of by other females both Greek and non-Greek because of either the way certain things were pronounced, the foods she ate, or what was viewed as a cultural norm in society. Toula was fluent…show more content…
They would have had more time to get to know one another instead of entertaining their whole family and his parents, and Ian’s parents wouldn’t have been so out of their comfort zone. If Ian and his family would have taken the time to learn some Greek and maybe attend another Greek wedding before time, they wouldn’t have been so out of tune to what was happening at Toula’s and Ian’s wedding. Some similarities in my culture and the one’s portrayed in the movie are that my family would have probably been like Ian’s parents. They are not really use to a lot of noisy people dancing and being loud and drinking alcohol so they also would be in complete culture shock if they ever experienced anything like that. I am sure that my father would have adjusted a little better than my mother would have because she is a very quiet timid person like Ian’s mother was. Growing up we were taught to not speak unless spoken to when we have company and to leave the adults alone uninterrupted. The couple did get married in their family church, which is tradition in my culture and would be considered…show more content…
I didn’t like the female stereotype the men give the females in this movie. Toula’s father made the statement “see, that’s why women shouldn’t be allowed to get an education” because she stepped over the traditional Greek values so he blamed it on her getting a different job and better education. This culture is a highly masculine culture because they feel that they are above females in most all aspects because women are used for marring, cooking, cleaning, and having children but they are not as worthy as men are because they are lower on the totem pole. I do like the fact that the men make sure that their family is taken care of and they protect them, but I don’t like it at the cost of women being belittled by them just because they are the opposite sex. Something that I learned about this movie people can be accommodating to others, and overcome ethnic differences still while not weakening the magnificence of their own ethnic traditions. Ian did this by simply being baptized in a kiddy pool at the families Greek Orthodox
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