7. My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding
Oh, you’ve got to love family, which is sometimes impossible for Toula (Nia Vardalos), given she is in the midst of a big, fat, Greek family. This makes it even harder to have a dating life, which Toula finds with endearing teacher Ian (John Corbett) and tries to hide until he proposes. Then it is meet the family, all of them, like never before.
Toula spends the majority of the film ashamed by her family and their quirky ways, especially in how different they are from Ian’s straight-laced parents, but as her wedding draws closer, she begins to learn and respect more of the family dynamic she shunned for so long. Nothing is more meaningful than when her disapproving father buys Toula and Ian a house as a wedding present, and she heartily embraces her father in tears of thanks.
What Christians can take away from this film is that everyone’s family has quirks that can be embarrassing and dissimilar to your way of thinking, but they are still your family and their quirks are made up in you as well. The same is true for us, as we are all a menagerie of people as God’s family, but our quirks make us all unique and special in God’s eyes.
- Rated: PG
- Released: 2002
- Length: 1h 35m
- Streaming: Hulu, available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play
Photo credit: ©GoldCircleFilms/Amazon.com
8. The Proposal
Who didn’t laugh when steely book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) ropes bewildered assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) into being “engaged” to avoid her deportation. Even when she has to go to Sitka, Alaska to meet with his family who thought Andrew hates her, they keep the charade going until Margaret has a change of heart and cancels their wedding. But, like all romantic films, Andrew discovers he actually loves Margaret, as does she, and they become engaged for real.
This is a film that Christians might find applies to not only their dating lives but also living like Christ to others. Margaret looks at first to be the unlikeliest match for Andrew but by the film’s ending, they both are the best match for each other because they force both to confront aspects of their lives they hadn’t ever before and grow from those changes.
We can use the same message when we share the love of Christ with others, as God loves to use the unlikeliest people to share His love with other unlikely people who need His love.
- Rated: PG-13
- Released: 2009
- Length: 1h 48m
- Streaming: Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play
Photo credit: ©TouchstonePictures/Pluggedin.com