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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.

Director:

Joel Zwick

Writer:

Nia Vardalos
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nia Vardalos ... Toula Portokalos
Michael Constantine ... Gus Portokalos
Christina Eleusiniotis Christina Eleusiniotis ... Toula Portokalos - Age 6
Kaylee Vieira Kaylee Vieira ... Schoolgirl
John Kalangis John Kalangis ... Greek Teacher
Lainie Kazan ... Maria Portokalos
Marita Zouravlioff Marita Zouravlioff ... Toula Portokalos - Age 12
Sarah Osman Sarah Osman ... Athena Portokalos - Age 15
Petra Wildgoose Petra Wildgoose ... Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd Melissa Todd ... Car Pool Friend
Bess Meisler Bess Meisler ... Yiayia
Andrea Martin ... Aunt Voula
Louis Mandylor ... Nick Portokalos
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Uncle Taki
Stavroula Logothettis Stavroula Logothettis ... Athena
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mariage à la grecque See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene where Nia Vardalos and Michael Constantine travel in the early morning to open the restaurant was one of the very last scenes filmed. Vardalos said all of the other cast members had finished their scenes and had left, and so the sadness she and Constantine displayed in that car scene reflected the tearful goodbyes they had said. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Garden
Performed by Nick Kutsukos
Written by Ev
Published by Zaga Music
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I need Windex in my Moussaka!!!!
11 July 2002 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This was a very pleasant surprise. Frankly, I was avoiding it because I thought it was going to be too tacky for my taste. It turned out that I needed some of the Windex, the father of the bride uses for everything, to clear my eyes and enjoy the film.

Nia Vardalos has written from the heart this story of a crazy Greek family with all the stereotypes in it for us to savor and enjoy what has come out under the firm direction of Joel Zwick.

Not only is Ms. Vardalos talented as an actress, but she can write quite a story, star in her own tale, and bring together this cast of loonies and make us believe we are inside these folks' home.

Michael Constantine and Lanie Kazan are the parents of the bride and they preside this crazy household in Chicago. Nia Vardalos is the "ugly duckling" we see at the beginning of the film and she wins John Corbett's heart and disarms him completely. He got her family in the bargain and he's stuck in it for better of for worse. Andrea Martin is very effective as the pushy aunt.

All in all, it should be seen for the fun of it. This is a funny film, very well paced and acted.

Please pass the Windex!!


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