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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 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 ... 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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Outdoor church shots are of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Indoor church shots are of Toronto's St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. See more »

Goofs

When Maria is telling her daughter about her life in Greece and why she left, it is obvious that the audio has been re-dubbed. 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

Featured in 20 to 1: Funny Films (2007) See more »

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Ancient Greece
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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A charming although formulaic romantic comedy
8 March 2004 | by gringostarzSee all my reviews

My Big Fat Greek Wedding makes up for what it lacks in plot with a cast of amusing, lovable characters. Like any large extended family the Portokolos family is a collection of oddball, zany characters. Toula's father Gus can find the Greek root of any word, and believes windex to be a wondrous cure to any ailment. Toula's mother says "the man may be the head of the household, but the woman is the neck, she can turn the head whichever way she wants". And throughout the movie we see matriarchal power in action as she and Aunt Voula subtly manipulate Gus, the father. Toula's Cousin Nikki with her provocative fashion sense and brother Nick with his quiet passion for art, fill out the Portokolos personality tree.

In contrast the Millers are a subdued, small family. Ian has only two cousins. When Toula invites the Millers over for a quiet dinner to meet her parents they are in for quite a shock. The dynamics between the overwhelmingly extroverted Portokolos family and the reserved parents of the groom provide some amusing moments.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding had potential to be an exceptional film. It was hindered by a far too contrived romance and a particularly unconvincing performance by John Corbett as Ian Miller. His character was so lacking in personality, so bland, especially in contrast to the Portokolos family members. Plus the robotic delivery of his declarations of love were unbelievable. His character seemed an afterthought. Had Ian Miller been better acted, and developed as well as all of the supporting characters, the film would have been great. However, it is still an above average romantic comedy, providing many laughs and feel good moments.


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Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$597,362, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$241,438,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$368,744,044
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