Movie Reflection-My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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In the 2002 movie release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the writer Nia Vardalos, director Joel Zwick and producer Tom Hanks, tell the story of a real life scenario that is increasing in our ever diverse world. Vardalos, basing the movie on her real life marriage, gives the audience an inside view as to what goes on inside an interfaith marriage and how to make it work. Yet in today's society, the typical view of a marriage is seen as either a fairy tale or ball and chain. However, after watching this movie, we can see that My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a great tribute to marriage showing that family is a part of marriage, men and women have their respective roles, and most of all a marriage takes work.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding follows the romance of Toula and Ian from first meeting to their wedding.

Toula Portokalos, a thirty year old Greek woman living with her very traditional Greek family in Chicago, who still has not fulfilled her Greek family's expectations to marry a nice Greek boy, make Greek babies, and feed everybody until the day she dies. Toula dreams of more, but feels constrained by her family traditions and her father's smothering love. Toula has her mother, Maria, convince her father, Gus, to allow her to attend school to brush up on her computer skills and she is able to escape being a seating hostess at the family restaurant by working in her aunt's travel agency store. Things change, when Toula meets Ian, for the second time, and is swept off her feet by a man who is everything she could hope for, except he is not Greek. Toula and Ian's relationship quickly blooms, until Toula's very large and close-knit Greek...