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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

A young Greek woman 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.

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Christina Eleusiniotis ...
Toula Portokalos - Age 6
Kaylee Vieira ...
Schoolgirl
John Kalangis ...
Greek Teacher
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Marita Zouravlioff ...
Toula Portokalos - Age 12
Sarah Osman ...
Athena Portokalos - Age 15
Petra Wildgoose ...
Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd ...
Car Pool Friend
Bess Meisler ...
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Gerry Mendicino ...
Stavroula Logothettis ...
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Storyline

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 her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she 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. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Love is here to stay... so is her family.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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2 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mariage à la grecque  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$597,362, 21 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$241,438,208, 13 April 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$368,744,044
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1.85 : 1
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Tom Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, saw the play and recommended that her husband produce a movie version. In an interview with the German magazine "Cinema," Nia Vardalos mentioned that she hung up when Hanks called because she did not believe it was really him. See more »

Goofs

Later, in the same sequence, she is shown holding an invitation. When Nicki shows her the earrings, she sets the invitation down, but when she says, "I never saw any bridesmaids dresses," she is holding it again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gus Portokalos: [to Toula] You better get married soon. You're starting to look... old!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: All E's are replaced by the Greek letter Sigma. See more »

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Referenced in My Big Fat Greek Snake (2005) See more »

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Orea Ee Neefee Mas
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It's my life!!!! Hilarious, but so true!!!!!
23 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

My Fiancé is Greek and I am not. This move hit the nail on the head! The whole time I was watching this movie I was thinking this is my life Oh my God this is my life. I think people who gave this move bad reviews just didn't get it, because, they are not around or live inside the world of a Greek family. There are so many similarities to my Fiancés family it's almost creepy. For a crasher course to our wedding I told my whole family to watch this movie before they came. After the wedding was all said and done I had so many people from my side of the family came up to me and tell me your RIGHT! It was just like my Big Fat Greek Wedding!!! Especially since we had almost 700 people at our wedding and all we did all night long is dance in circles!!! It was a lot of fun!

This was the best movie in a long time and no one knows how true this movie really is until they live through it.

Sincerely, AJH


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