A modern day ‘Romeo and Juliet’ served up with lamb

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By Kelly Dolejsi

Whether you prefer moussaka, deep-fried vegetables or midnight eggs, you can soon find your fix at – where else – the library.  

This season’s Free Film Series, geared entirely for the gourmand, the glutton and the secret gorger. Each of this winter’s half-dozen films offers not only a good story, memorable dialogue, high drama and/or wild comedy, but also something tasty, tangy, sweet and luscious.

And best of all, celluloid is virtually calorie-free.

The cinematic six-course meal begins with not an appetizer, but a wedding.

It’s one many of us have already enjoyed and wouldn’t mind a second helping of: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

For those of you who missed it back in 2002, when it took American theatergoers’ hearts by storm, Joel Zwick’s popular Oscar-nominated film tells the love story of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett) – a kind of “Romeo and Juliet” tale with fewer suicides and more spiced lamb.

Funny, ambitious, stifled Toula has over-ripened in Greek terms. She’s 30, unmarried, childless, still working in her family’s restaurant and still waiting for her life to begin. Ian, a handsome professor with a very quirky funny bone, also has not yet found anything to fill the proverbial void. He’s sweet but bored, and looking for a big, all-consuming change.

They’re a perfect match. She’s all fire and filo dough – more like her family than she might admit – and he fits the most important pre-requisite of all: He thinks she’s beautiful. Not hopeless, not old, not anything less than beautiful.

Of course, it takes the Porokalos and Miller clans a while to realize the truth. And it takes Toula even longer to realize it’s not only Ian but her family that makes her big, fat, Greek wedding complete.

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library’s upstairs theater. As always, admission is free and pretzels – with real salt and delicious calories – will be served.

The Free Film Series is made possible by the Friends of Mesa Public Library and co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.  

Kelly Dolejsi is a member of the Los Alamos Arts Council.