My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Although My Big Fat Greek Life doesn't capture the same relaxed, storytelling rhythm of the phenomenally successful My Big Fat Greek Wedding, almost the entire acting ensemble from the movie returned for this small-screen spin-off (only John Corbett, due to other obligations, was ably replaced by Steve Eckholdt as Nia's non-Greek husband), and their skilled interplay makes for a satisfying show.
Nia Vardalos returns to write and star in this American romantic comedy sequel. Whilst trying to deal with their own marital and family issues, Toula and Ian (Vardalos and John Corbett) have to attend another big fat Greek wedding. As her 17-year-old daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) prepares to graduate from high school and go off to college, Toula is shocked to discover that her parents', Gus and Maria (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan), were never officially married.
The combination of the appealing Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and the breathtaking location shooting in Greece make Driving Aphrodite (My Life in Ruins) the perfect film escape. The film works as a feather-light romantic comedy, with Vardalos's character, Georgia, facing burnout in her job with a cut-rate tour company in Greece. Georgia knows there's magic in the Greek countryside and history, yet the grind of her job has drained her.