My Big Fat Greek Wedding
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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.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a movie romance about a young Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let Toula take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, Toula then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself. John Corbett and Nia Vardolos star in this vibrant romantic comedy. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is now available on DVD.
Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper. --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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
Biographies: Biography of the cast and crew
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I'm not Greek at all (I'm African-American with a family large as, if not larger than, the Portokalos family) but I learned a lot from this film, as Gus (the protagonist Toula's father; played by Michael Constantine) breaks down the history of the Greeks in a witty, wry way that only he can. In fact, I'd like to think because of this film I'm insightful about any and everything Greek. I love the simplicity and uniqueness of the premise: Greek woman past her prime (as far as her vast family is concerned) marries Anglo-Saxon male but it's far from a fairy tale in the weeks leading up to the big day. We come to meet everyone from Toula's mother, Maria (Lainie Kazan) to her fine ass younger brother Nick (Louis Mandylor) to the always hilarious Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin). It's just a feelgood family film that one can count on for many laughs and one may even see themselves or their families in it. I'm highly upset I just found out about it today and it's been released for well over a decade but I'm pleased to know there's a sequel that I'll be watching as soon as I'm done with this review.
Watch this movie! You won't regret it. I sure didn't. Off to watch "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"....
Such a lovely movie. Most of us can identify with how wonderful the family dynamics work in it. And that just adds to the humor I find as I watch it. Just love it.
I have about 10 TOP Movies that ALL get "1st" on my list and this is one of them.
And if you have not seen the NEW My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ... you need to get to a theater
soon and absolutely be prepared to truly LAUGH OUT LOUD! (LOL)
Never thought a sequel could be equal to, if not funnier than the 1st one!