I still have house guests, so this will be short and to the point. --- :D ---
Who has seen the sweet, funny film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? That is one of our favorite films, and after having spent over 18 years of my life visiting the local Greek Orthodox Church, most of that as a convert-member, I have to say that I know those people, those characters are REAL, and as quirky and hilarious as the film makes them out to be. (I think that's why Tom and Rita Hanks decided to back Vardolos first film, it was so very funny and true to the Greek diaspora experience.) I have seen it three times and will watch it again. Family, food, tradition, honoring the elders, deep spiritual connectedness and family pride are all themes moderners could take a point from.
Read Nia Vardolos' post in HuffPo fromMonday 06/08/09 titled "Women Don't Go To Movies" -- Huh? and then run out and see her latest film, My Life in Ruins, with all your friends. Guys too, cuz you know you really did like My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
MBFGW excerpt: [upon learning Ian is a vegetarian] What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? [the entire room stops, in shock. We hear plates break and there are gasps.] ... That's okay. I make lamb.