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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?


"Zorba" is a boy's name, and means "Live each day" in Greek. See more »


When young Toula's dad drops her and her friends off at school, and stops her to remind her she "should be proud to be Greek", the window changes position throughout the dialogue. 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 »


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Nice comedy

*Nice romantic-comedy about a Greek-American girl which has to fight against her family's strict traditions in order to marry a non-Greek boy. I think that, for the Greek people, this movie must be full of topics and stereotypes, but for the ones who don't know about Greek ways of life is pretty funny. There are all kind of weird characters (the grandma!!!), and the starring actress makes an outstanding job showing us the metamorphosis of that timid girl to a liberated one. Nice dialogs, nice rhythm... Just a nice entertainment for a Saturday afternoon.

*My Rate 6/10

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