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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 August 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Eleusiniotis ...
Kaylee Vieira ...
John Kalangis ...
Greek Teacher
Marita Zouravlioff ...
Sarah Osman ...
Athena Portokalos - Age 15
Petra Wildgoose ...
Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd ...
Car Pool Friend
Bess Meisler ...
Gerry Mendicino ...
Stavroula Logothettis ...


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.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mariage à la grecque  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$597,362 (USA) (19 April 2002)


$1,680,732 (Japan) (8 August 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All the people in the bride's side at the wedding are all members of Nia Vardalos' family. See more »


The Portokalos house has Corinthian columns which are said to be like those of the Parthenon. In fact, the Parthenon's columns are Doric, which are much older and simpler than the elaborate Corinthian columns. See more »


[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 »


Wedding March
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Neville Creed
Performed by Christopher Dowie
Published by Atmosphere Music Limited / Killer Tracks
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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Such a nice and entertaining movie
3 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a such a nice and entertaining movie. As in David & Layla directed by Jalal Jonroy, My big fat Greek Wedding too celebrates the love and cultural differences. Love, humanism, comedy, romance all are in that great film. My Big Fat Greek Weddeing brings people from different background closer and shows how important to accept the 'other' as other in order to be just happy! Being a migrant poses different problems and the individuals some times have to defy their original traditions and cultures to be able to love or be happy. In particular Greeks are very keen on and proud of their traditions and cultures (rightfully). I like the films which provide some insight and understanding of different cultures, or of individuals inner world. In this term My Big Fat Greeek Wedding does the job. That is why it is a very captivating film along with being funny enough to make you laugh even after you left the movie theater. I also recommend Mansoon Wedding, Bend It Like Beckham and David & Layla for the movie lovers.

devrim kilic editor of www.kurdishcinema.org

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