Toula (Nia Vardalos) is 30, unmarried and is destined to work in the family business at Dancing Zorba’s, the Greek restaurant owned by her parents Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan). But Toula is intent on changing her life and takes a job at her aunt’s (Andrea Martin) travel agency, meets a handsome, tall, high school teacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) and falls in love. But what will upset her parents more – the fact that Ian is not Greek, or that he’s a vegetarian?
 

3.5
Even though it covers no new ground, it is a good-natured film and will make you smile.

Toula, Nia Vardalos, is a rather drab thirty-something second generation Greek woman who`s not wild about her inherited fate: to marry a Greek, have Greek babies and serve lots of Greek food for the rest of her life. She works in the family`s restaurant, The Dancing Zorba, but when a chance comes to attend a computer course at college and work at her aunt`s travel agency, she grabs it. And it`s through the agency that she meets Ian Miller, John Corbett, who comes from a more stitched-up genetic pool. When their relationship becomes serious, so does the situation with her father at home. This possibly over-exuberant clash of cultures began life on stage as a one woman show written by and featuring Nia Vardalos.

Tom Hanks` wife Rita Wilson, who is of a Greek-American background, saw the play and was the driving force behind turning it into a film. She and her husband are executive producers. There are some sweet and occasionally sentimental moments in the film, a stoic performance from Nia Vardalos in the pivotal role of Toula, and some rather unsublte ones from members of the cast playing her relatives; Laine Kazan as her mother, Andrea Martin as her Aunt Voula, and a rather boring one from John Corbett.

Director Joel Zwick who`s worked mainly in television hasn`t brought brilliance to the film but he`s sure brought success.

Comments from David StrattonThe phenomenal success of this film is almost more interesting than the film itself, which is a pretty familiar sit-com with at least one joke from THE WOG BOY with predictable situations and very ordinary direction. Still, it`s hard not to warm to such a well-observed, good-natured film, even if it covers absolutely no new ground.