19 February 2003 | medrjel
Ethnic Comedy Aussie Style!
It's pretty unusual to find an American like myself who goes out of his way to find new and unique programs from around the world, and for me I have struck gold! Acropolis Now is everything right about an ethnic comedy that America has mostly forgotten until "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".
For those who haven't seen it, it's about Jim, a young "Greek-Australian" (or Wog, as ethnics in Aussie are known as) who is given his father's restauraunt to run while he returns to Greece. Of course, he has grand ideas, but little common sense. He worries more about getting the pretty girls than anything.
There are many other characters including Mimo (a fast-talking Greek), Effie (Jim's high-haired cousin), Effie's "friend of the season" (a wog wannabe who usually fancies Jim, but Jim can't stand), Rick (the sensible yet slightly wogish businessman who helps his friend Jim keep things under control at the restaurant), and Liz, the primary "non-wog" of the bunch.
The comedy is broad and funny, and can easily be appreciated by anyone. What holds this show together is the characters. They may be crazy, but even so they come off as believable, a major strength. Good News is that the DVD's available are Region 0! If your DVD player can convert PAL to NTSC, you can get this show to watch! I recommend it!