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 ›
This film, albeit at times just a sappy love story, is the first film for Greek-Americans (if you're not Greek don't worry, you will still love the film for the endearing characters and comedy). My mother and father who immigrated to the US from Greece years ago, saw the film, and told me what they thought. My mother said "It was very funny. But I don't understand the windex, Greeks don't do that" and I replied "Mom, a lot of the humor was for Greek-Americans" which brings me to the description of my Greek family. My father AND mother, and I'm not making this up, think that Rubbing Alcohol is the end all be all cure to all ailments. (Ok not windex, but what's up with that?) Greek children after growing up and getting married, customarily live in homes close to their parents, sometimes as neighbors (not always, but case in point, my sister and her family lives down the street from my parents). My father espouses the proud Greek history of philosophy and of Greek language, making the same claims as the Greek father in the film made, claims such as most of the English language is derivative of Greek. My father owns a hotel called the "Olympic Inn". I grew up in a community of blond haired, blue eyed kids making fun of the Greek food my mother packed me for lunch when I went to grammar school.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything was as stated. It was delivered by date it was promised. Very good quality. Always loved this movie.Published 2 days ago by cynthia singleton-jackson
A great, well rounded, romantic comedy that is not overly romantic. The characters are so lovable and the story is very engaging. It is a realistic romantic story. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Chele 123