At our local drug store, a display has been set up with about three dozen DVDs for sale. I was in the store for something else and noticed a copy of My Big Fat Greek Wedding for $7.99. Sold.
If you are a fan of the movie, don't own it, and find it in your drug store for $7.99, buy it and consider it money well spent-- not only for the movie, which is tons of fun, but especially for the commentary by Nia Vardalos, the lead actress (Toula) and writer of the movie; John Corbett, the lead hunk (Ian); and Joel Zwick, who directed.
Of course they gush on and on. But Nia really gives a full, funny, and touching portrait of what it's like to be from a Greek immigrant family. With my Fulbright experience under my belt, I appreciate this account a whole lot more. I know what it feels like to circle dance, or to be expected to eat a lot, or to hear "opa" (hey-hey!) and "eucharisto" (thanks) in the course of a conversation in English. I even appreciate Michael Constantine's (Gus, the father) dead-on Greek accent, when he can't say the "sh" sound, just like our Greek instructor at NYU during the pre-departure orientation.
Yes, I'm a fan. And a hopeless romantic. For me, the commentary's best moment came during the wedding scene, when Nia was discussing the unconditional love Ian has for Toula: "Sometimes people say 'Is Ian too good to be true?' and I'm like, aren't you tired of the bad portrayals of men in movies? Like, isn't it about time we had this guy that is willing to do anything for the woman?...Why does the man have to be flawed for us to accept that he's an actual man?"
Amen to that, sister.