Some of the best weddings that I have attended have been humble events, where it wasn't about the opulence but more about the feeling of mutual adoration. You can tell by the way that a couple interacts on their wedding day if they are a good match or not, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the linen on the tables or the carat of gold in their rings.
People spend ludicrous amounts on their weddings these days, just to go through the same archaic love pledges and boring traditions that clearly have no real place in our modern culture and very little meaning to the participants. But, people feel the need to live out their prince and princess for a day routines, and who am I to say that that is not okay?
One thing that I do love about weddings is the bridal waltz, not because I want to see couples who clearly can't waltz having a stab at dancing poorly in front of everyone, which is so often the case, because I love to see which song the couple choose. Last night's choice was the very over used "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams, which always makes me think of Kevin Costner and get the giggles. I think that anything by Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams or Savage Garden should be avoided at all costs. Zoe and I decided that the worst possible wedding waltz song was "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard or "Cherry Pie" by Warrant, but I'll bet someone has gone there at some point.
I like to tell people that Craig and I waltzed to "Talk Dirty to Me" by Poison, which is utter horse shit, but everyone readily accepts it as fact, which says a lot about how people see us as a couple in general I think! We actually used "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison, which is a bit of an oldies song, but we both always thought that the words were really beautiful. But, I wouldn't say that it was "our" signature song, just one that we used on that day, which goes to show you that a wedding is really just one day, and that a marriage is forever.
Release Date: 2002
Running Time: 95 mins
I know that the politically correct part of me shouldn't have a film on her comedy list that so obviously stereotypes and pokes fun at the Greek community, but I honestly think that even the Greek's will enjoy this movie, and probably find it more relatible than most. This is a tasteful and thoughtfully put together piece, highlighting all of the pitfalls and the benefits of marrying into another culture.
It's a simple rom-com story line; Toula, the Greek girl and Ian, the Xeno (stranger in Greek), fall in love and decide to tie the knot. Ian, being the obvious outsider has to try and navigate a multitude of ethnic traditions and cultural immersions before he is deemed acceptable by Toula's large and judgmental family.
The characters are all wonderful, especially Toula who is played by Nia Vardalos. Nia, who actually wrote the script, has just the right amount of beauty and charm to make her character believable and adorable, and it was so refreshing to see a leading a woman with a bit of meat on her bones for a change.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it's funny, colourful and intoxicating; and essentially I can only see it as a nod to the Greek community for everything that they bring to the table.
FINAL SAY: Cut yourself a piece of moussaka, grab the Windex and join the celebration.
3 Chili Peppers