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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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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:
... Toula Portokalos
... Gus Portokalos
Christina Eleusiniotis ... Toula Portokalos - Age 6
Kaylee Vieira ... Schoolgirl
John Kalangis ... Greek Teacher
... Maria Portokalos
Marita Zouravlioff ... Toula Portokalos - Age 12
Sarah Osman ... Athena Portokalos - Age 15
Petra Wildgoose ... Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd ... Car Pool Friend
Bess Meisler ... Yiayia
... Aunt Voula
... Nick Portokalos
Gerry Mendicino ... Uncle Taki
Stavroula Logothettis ... Athena
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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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$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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In the movie poster, the two E's in the word "Greek" are made to look like the Greek letter Sigma, which is "S," not "E." To a Greek, it reads "My Big Fat Grssk Wsdding." See more »

Goofs

When Costa gives the couple their gift at the wedding, Ian's hair changes from loose and without hair product in it, to being smoothed back with gel, twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gus Portokalos: [to Toula] You better get married soon. You're starting to look... old!
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Opening credits: All E's are replaced by the Greek letter Sigma. See more »

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Followed by My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) See more »

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Istanbul Coffee Shop
Written by Daghan Baydur & Richard Keith Thomas (as Richard Thomas)
Published by Jim Long Music
Courtesy of First Com Music, Inc.
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Big Fat Success.
25 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

An extremely good little film that shows that smart ideas, good writing, solid direction, likeable characters and an engrossing story will always win out in the end. Nia Vardalos stars as a Greek woman who just seems a bit out-of-place in her not always normal life. She is shy, reserved and ashamed of her heritage. Some makeup, a few college classes, stylish clothes and a travel agency job away from her father's restaurant are just the tickets to help her come out of her shell. Soon high school teacher John Corbett is entranced by her and they start a sweet love affair. Naturally she keeps the secret from her parents (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan) and the sparks fly when they eventually find out. They want their daughter to marry a Greek man and have lots of children, but Vardalos has other plans for her life. Corbett's love knows no bounds though as he makes it clear that she is the one he really wants. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" happened due to good timing and lots of luck. Vardalos was struggling when Tom Hanks' wife (Rita Wilson) went to see the small play that the film is based upon. Wilson happened to see an advertisement for the show in the newspaper one day (the only day Vardalos could afford to run an ad) and the rest as they say is history. The film cost very little to make and usually second-rate director Joel Zwick ended up running the show. Vardalos' screenplay (Oscar-nominated) was the catalyst that put the film on the map and kept it there permanently. Most all the extras are real family members of Vardalos and Ian Gomez (who plays Corbett's best friend) is actually her husband in real life. Easily one of the most successful films of all time financially speaking (based upon the bargain basement cost and the astronomical showing at the box office), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is a wholesome film that the whole family can enjoy. It is another one of those rare films that feel like it was made during Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1940s. Not quite excellent, but dangerously close. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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