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After fourteen years, a Greek barrier-breaker continues its legacy.

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Maria Koliopoulos, Staff Reporter

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“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is finally here, and your resident Greek approves.

The first movie came out, and it was groundbreaking. The weird traditions and insane family values of Greek Americans were finally brought into the eye of the “white toast” American public.

The first movie covered all of the basics, including everything from the Greek social hierarchy to vague home remedies (Windex solves all. It works wonders on mosquito bites; I can attest).

Severe promotion of marrying you off to a Greek Boy™, which basically happens every time you go to church, is also featured. I swear, there was a point in time where I was the prospect wife of around eight separate Greek kids according to their parents and grandparents, all ranging in age from two years younger to about seven years older.

At the same time, find an American significant other, and they’ll get threatened on a momentary basis.

Even our cultural quirks are out on display, some of which don’t seem like they could be feasibly true.

Greek old people do, in fact, spit at you as a means of blessing. A week or two ago, I drove my Yiayia to a Hy-Vee about three blocks away from her house. When we got out of the car she started frantically spitting and expressing her relief that “you use teh blinkehhr, and go nice and shlo, not crajie like your Thia.”

In the case of grandparents, there’s also always a Papou who is way too old to be driving, but does it anyway, and poorly for that matter. My 96 year old Papou personally likes to park directly on the line.

Greek heritage has made a clear impact on my grandparents' interior design

Maria Koliopoulos
Greek heritage has made a clear impact on my grandparents’ interior design

We are loud as all get out, and always in each other’s business. We yell when we’re happy, angry, in agony, excited, and just about everything in between. Generally, people know what’s happening in your life before you do.

Not only are we loud, but we all respond to the same name. At your typical generic Koliopoulos family gathering, you say Maria and at least three separate people will yell response, whether in English or not.

After 14 years, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” follows in the footsteps of a cultural giant, and as a sequel, it actually isn’t a let down.

The clear budget increase provides for an altogether better quality of film, and it’s modernized to a point where it is relatable to a multitude of generations.

Being the second of its kind means that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” can really delve into the depths of Greek American culture, which means that every audience member is laughing for the film’s duration, Greek or not.

In other words, if you thought we were weird before, you should probably just turn and run.

 

Maria Koliopoulos

Maria became a member of The Flightline in January of 2016. She is a senior this year involved in show choir at Skutt Catholic and is probably climbing a tree or drawing outside of school. You can email her at [email protected]

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