I get it. Man, do I get it, but you absolutely can't go see this steaming pile of horse shit this weekend. You just can't. Yeah, the first one was cute, but name one thing Nia Vardalos has done since that's been even remotely watchable. The best thing about these movies is the supporting cast, and they've all done better movies. Even the director has done much better movies. Here are five better movies for you to watch instead this weekend, featuring the cast and crew of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Before he was debasing himself in films like Thinner and these Big Fat Greek movies, Michael Constantine was playing heavies in films like 1961's masterful The Hustler. Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason going toe-to-toe is the highlight of the film, but it lives and dies by how believable its supporting characters like Constantine's Big John are, and that's where the film truly shines. This is one of the greats, and a chance to see Paul Newman put the hunks of today to shame with his absolutely effortless charm. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
My Favorite Year
Many of you damn kids know Lainie Kazan from her work in a bunch of abysmal Adam Sandler movies, but once upon a time, she inspired the great one, Jack Kirby, and his design for Big Barda. If you want to see an unbelievably entertaining film featuring this buxom beauty, however, you can't do much better than My Favorite Year. Featuring one of Peter O'Toole's best performances, this utterly winning comedy is a brilliant satire of the golden age of Hollywood and how fake everything and everyone were back then. Available on Amazon and iTunes
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Having cut her teeth alongside such comedic geniuses as Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, and everyone else on SCTV, Andrea Martin has been one of the best character actresses in Hollywood for decades. One of her best roles is as the beleaguered manager of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig in the actor's 2001 directorial debut, and if you're only familiar with NPH's most recent version of Hedwig, this indie flick still holds up, packs a wallop, and is sure to leave you singing the songs for weeks. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Baz Luhrmann's first film remains my favorite film of his, as his trademark style was kept just far enough in check as to make it palatable. In addition to being one of two flamboyant Australian movies of the early 90s that I loved—the other being, what else, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and not only is this the far more family friendly of the two, I would wager to say it's enjoyable to people of all ages. Oh, and Big Fat Greek co-star Gia Carides does great work as the spoiled Liz who breaks our hero's heart and sets the whole story into motion. Available on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.
Waking Ned Devine
I was a bit shocked to see that Kirk Jones was directing this Big Fat Greek monstrosity, because I have been a huge advocate of this, his debut film, since I first saw it in 1998. I saw this film three times in the theater, taking back more and more people to see it each time, and it remains a lovely little film. I know that everyone's gotta eat, but I would really like to see Jones get back to making this sort of movie, one of the most underrated gems of the late 90s. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.