My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
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There's such a good-natured heart beating beneath the cliches that it's easy to appreciate the film's willingness to poke gentle fun without a whiff of nastiness or judgment. --Paula Nechak, Seatlle Post- Intelligencer
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What’s a Nice Greek Girl to Do?
My Big Fat Greek Wedding tells the story of Toula Portokalos. She’s 30 years old and still not married, which means as a nice Greek girl she’s a failure. Then one day she meets the ultimate unattainable guy — Ian Miller. He’s tall and handsome but definitely not Greek, and their courtship is an Olympian culture clash. Can Ian handle Toula’s parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and several centuries of Greek heritage? One thing’s for sure — with Ian's proposal, they’re all headed for a big, fat Greek wedding.
The story was originally developed by Vardalos as a one-woman stage show.
Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks’ wife) saw the play and convinced Hanks to produce a movie version.
According to Vardalos, when Hanks first called her, she hung up on him because she thought it was a joke.
In the movie, all of the guests on the bride’s side of the church were actual members of Vardalos’ family.
Vardalos’ real-life husband, Ian Gomez, plays Ian’s best friend.
A Heartwarming Gem
- Written by Nia Vardalos, and based on memories of her own upbringing
- Produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Joel Zwick
- A feel-good, romantic comedy you’ll watch again and again
- DVD includes commentaries from cast and crew
- Also available on Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos)
A young Greek girl, Toula realizes if she’s ever going to have a life, she has to get away from her big, fat Greek family.
Ian Miller (John Corbett)
A high school English teacher, Ian doesn’t have a clue what it means to be Greek. Then he falls for Toula, and his education begins.
Maria Portokalos (Lainie Kazan)
Toula’s mother supports her daughter’s desire to go out in the world. She persuades Gus to let Toula spread her wings, but the results aren’t what Mama expected.
Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine)
Toula’s father is a traditional Greek man who runs a Greek restaurant. He’s irate when he discovers his daughter has been secretly dating Ian.
Top Customer Reviews
Refreshingly normal-looking Nia Vardalos basically plays herself in a script she wrote from memories of her own Greek-American upbringing. Maybe that is why the movie comes across as so real and so heartwarming. At any rate, Vardalos plays Toula, a 30-year-old spinster (in her traditional father's eyes) who helps run the family's restaurant, the Dancing Zorba. Hidden behind thick glasses, baggy sweaters and too much hair, Toula is miserable. She loves her family, but she wants to find her own niche in the world--without giving Papa a heart attack.
After much high emotion, Toula improves her looks, goes back to school, snags a job in her aunt's travel agency (after all, reasons Papa, it's still family) and meets the man of her dreams (gorgeous John Corbett, "Aidan" from "Sex and the City"). Everything should be happy, no? NO! Ian (the boyfriend) is NOT GREEK, and Papa is beside himself.
This movie is simply a delight, from the opening credits to the very end. It is unpretentious, warm, loving, and happy. And on top of all that, it's truly well-acted and very, very funny. I recommend it highly.
The movie starts with Tula, a 30 year old Greek girl who is looked at as somewhat of a failure by the family because she has not done what she is supposed to do, Marry a Greek man, Have Greek Children, and cook for everybody until the day she dies. but at least (As said by her aunt) she will be there to take care of her parents when they are old. As tula slowly starts to find her own way, thinking about goind to collage, switching jobs from the family resterant, ect.. enter Ian Miller, from a conservative, WASPy family, and somebody unlike everybody else in Tula's life. This movie could have so easily de-generated into the typical Hollywood pap, i.e. become preachy about Tula's right to do what she wants, or done the Three's company plot of "She tells a fib about her life, he finds out, gets angry, they make up at the end" or lastly and most commonly, made out the WASP family to be bigoted and unaccepting characitures who finally come around after basking in the glow emitted by the Greek family.Read more ›
The mix of cultures is very well done--not, as some reviewers have said, tritely at all. John Corbett's ultra WASPy Ian Miller is a perfect foil for Nia Vardalos' ultra Greek Toula who, at the age of six, was the only girl in her school who was swarthy with sideburns. She's smart, attractive, and most of all full of innocent charm which is a huge plus in these days of Hollywood bombast.
The culture mix is upped several notches when Ian's SUPER-ultra WASPy conservative, reigned-in parents come to Toula's house for a "quiet dinner" which turns out to be an uproar attended by no less than about 25 people--Toula's family, of course, invited by her parents. It's great to see the uptight Millers consume mass quantities of ouzo, encouraged by their host's entreaties, and the resulting discombobulation.
Innocence, in fact, is everywhere in this film and gives it the tremendous charm and warmth it has. Confusing innocence for triteness is a huge mistake. Here, both leads radiate the innocence of pure romance which is very moving, and the romance is beautifully balanced with a lot of very funny moments.
Toula's father, played by Michael Constantine (a Greek), is constantly lecturing his family on how Greek is the language of origin of ALL words--even kimono--and applying Windex to EVERY pain or hurt a human being can experience. He can be a grump, but it's obvious he has real heart. His mother comes directly from Greece to stay with the family and is the source of some truly inspired hilarity.
Does the couple meet cute? Depends on how you define that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I laughed harder the first time I watched it...not a keeper for my library.Published 6 days ago by Patty
I thought it would be a chick-flick...It wasn't. How true-to-the greeks is this movie?? The heroine is relaxed, funny, genuine and.....yep...pretty.
Pass the windex. Bud
My daughters and I had a great time, watching this movie together.
It is a really good movie, such a nice comedy!
Watched it with my boyfriend, who had never seen it before, because he had always protested (chick-flick). He admitted that he ACTUALLY liked it a lot! Go figure! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kim Bragg