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Movie Night: Family Weddings

Ah, families. They can be so much fun, as well as a giant pain. For this week's Movie Night I've chosen three wedding movies in which family plays, well, a big fat part.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This incredibly charming movie has several things going for it: The endearingly down-to-earth protagonist Toula (Nia Vardalos) who learns how to love herself, a hilarious ensemble cast rounding out Toula's lively Greek family, and Aiden from "Sex and the City" (John Corbett)! 30-year-old Toula (considered "over-the-hill" by her traditional family) quietly and dutifully works at her family's restaurant until a handsome patron, Ian (Corbett) comes along. Inspired by Ian's attention, Toula makes some changes in her life and starts to gain new confidence in herself. When she and Ian decide to get married Toula's family is simultaneously happy and dismayed because Ian is most definitely not Greek. Parts of the movie veer toward campy-silly, but Vardalos consistently keeps it real.

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Monsoon Wedding
Set in New Delhi, Monsoon Wedding explores what it means to tie the knot as a modern young person in a world where your culture is being mixed with the increasingly dominant world culture of the West. The bride-to-be, Aditi, has agreed to an arranged marriage, yet can't resist meeting up with her married lover. Relatives arrive in New Delhi from all over the globe, as the rainy season threatens to begin. Amidst the many, varied relatives, the beautiful music and the stunning colors of the clothing and food, you feel and sense this movie more than just watch it.

The Wedding Banquet
Before winning Oscars for the gay romance Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee wrote and directed The Wedding Banquet in 1993, a film about another gay relationship. This time, though, it's more bemused and lighthearted than heartbreaking. Taiwanese-American landlord Wai-Tung and his partner Simon are successful New Yorkers in a happy, long-term relationship, but Wai-Tung's parents consistently push him to marry a nice woman. Enter Wei-Wei, a young Chinese tenant in Wai-Tung's building who needs to gain U.S. citizenship. The two decide to marry, solving both their problems, though when their big, cross-cultural wedding rolls around, mishaps ensue.

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