Alot of the time, Ramy’s expressions alone say everything about him. He’s open to everything while simultaneously questioning everything. He’s right in between the worlds of strong tradition, family, religion and exact answers versus the world of questions. He loves his family, the friends he’s grown up with, his religion, and yet he is questioning and trying new things before fully committing to that world he’s grown up with entirely. I make it sound serious, but it’s exactly the opposite. From his viewpoint you see the humor in it all.
A lot of people can identify with that one ignorant or racist relative, and yet they are family so you still have to love and respect them. And because people aren’t one dimensional, that terrible person actually may have a really soft and kind side, and isn’t necessarily a “bad” person at all. A lot of people can identify with how people are demeaning toward them in both subtle and not so subtle ways. A lot of people can identify with questioning the strong religion and rules that you’ve grown up with. It doesn’t even matter which devout religion exactly, or which extremely close-knit family, because the similarities in conflict of family, religion and culture are so similar that it’s funny. If it wasn’t, My Big Fat Greek Wedding wouldn’t have done so well and resonated with so many different people. I’m personally from a big fat Greek-Orthodox family and I can assure you that the conflicts and humor feel ridiculously similar to his Muslim Egyptian-American family. I don’t really understand what the story is about besides him trying to figure it all out; and I have no idea where it’s going to go, but I do know that the character Ramy is so endearing and honest in his fumbling along that I want to see more.
(The trailer link: https://youtu.be/N4Ek09B9YaY)