Toula Portokalos is Greek, and she's never allowed to forget it for a second. She went to Greek school not Girl Scouts; she lives in Chicago in a house modeled after the Parthenon; she works at her “old country” parents' restaurant, Dancing Zorba's. She's dumpy, plain, 30 years old, waits tables and continually listens to her father sift the accomplishments and etymologies of the rest of the world through his Greek-colored perspective. She's been raised on Greek loyalty, tradition, moussaka and guilt, doomed to a condiment-filling existence while her father complains, “You better get married soon. You starting to look old.”
Then, a very handsome, eligible Ian Miller (John Corbett) walks into the restaurant. The only trouble is, he is not Greek. Her family wants her to marry a Greek man. Overcoming the family's opposition is a formidable task. She has a difficult time pouring him a cup of coffee and freezes in conversation, but just the sight of him gives her life a fear-fueled rocket boost.
Directed by veteran sitcom director Joel Zwick (“Happy Days,” “Bosom Buddies”), “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is about family: that quirky, clashing, living organism that relies on its internal organs to perpetuate balance and harmony, with the mother at the heart, and the father at the head, or, as Toula's mother (Lainie Kazan) puts it, “The man is the head, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head any way she wants.”
My Big Fat Greek Wedding will be screened August 22, 23 and 25. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Running time is 1 hour, 35 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3. In English and Greek with subtitles, it is rated PG.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information.