My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Director: Joel Zwick, Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine

Cast: Joel Zwick, Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine

     
 

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding: the little film that could. Everyone by now knows the story of this five-million-dollar film that went on to gross well over 200 million dollars. That being the case, why aren't we seeing a bigger release for this DVD? Not that it's a bad disc, it really isn't. It just seems there's so much more that could have been done for such a

Overview

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: the little film that could. Everyone by now knows the story of this five-million-dollar film that went on to gross well over 200 million dollars. That being the case, why aren't we seeing a bigger release for this DVD? Not that it's a bad disc, it really isn't. It just seems there's so much more that could have been done for such a significant release. The image, which HBO has wisely included both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, is a fairly solid presentation. Colors, while generally muted, come across nicely, while the darker scenes are dense and don't show any signs of breakdown. Skin tones are very warm, a real plus for this film. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is certainly adequate for this small romantic comedy. In other words, it's not going to test your sound system in any way. Still, the auditory elements are nicely translated to home video, with clear dialogue and a very pleasing quality. What is lacking with this title are a significant number of supplemental features. Other than some decent biographies of the cast is a commentary track from stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick. This track is often "matter of fact," but has enough humor and anecdotes to keep it moving along. Vardalos and Zwick contribute more than Corbett, but each has plenty to say about their experiences. People tend to love or hate this film. Those that hate it will steer clear of it, while those that loved it will now have the ability to watch it over and over and over.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes the DVD release of this wildly popular romantic comedy, the sleeper hit of 2002. And deservedly so: My Big Fat Greek Wedding falls back on tried-and-true conventions of romantic comedy, but it presents them so winningly as to make viewers think they're seeing them for the first time. Nia Vardalos, who wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay, is that most refreshing of leading ladies -- one who's not "conventionally" beautiful but whose warmth and charm makes her more attractive than most of the walking Kewpie dolls regularly paraded across America's movie screens. She plays Toula, the frumpy daughter of Greek restaurateurs (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan) who constantly chide her about remaining unmarried. A diet, some contact lenses, and new makeup transform Toula into an attractive young woman, and before long she has landed herself a handsome fiancé (John Corbett), who must now run the gauntlet of her eccentric relatives to win acceptance into this close-knit family. Vardalos, coming from a similar background, lards her script with keen but loving observations about Greek-American culture. The characters are broadly sketched but rendered with consummate skill by veteran performers who know how far they can go before lapsing into caricature. Director Joel Zwick (Second Sight) wisely lets his cast have its collective say; his main contribution amounts to getting the story moving quickly enough in the first half so that its momentum in the second becomes self-sustaining. Rich in emotion and illuminated by repeated flashes of character-driven humor, this Wedding is one you'll be happy to attend -- over and over. Vardalos, Zwick, and Corbett supply a joint commentary for the DVD, which also includes cast/crew bios.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a modest, likeable comedy, would have been less effective if it had been put through the Hollywood system. Nia Vardalos's script has enough Hollywood convention in it that having a newcomer in the lead automatically brings to it a freshness that a romantic comedy superstar like Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock would have had a difficult time mustering. There is no cynicism in the film, which may make it difficult for some viewers to take. Vardalos and the rest of the performers seem genuinely amused by the clichéd scenarios and the familiar bits of comedic business they are given to play. They either find new ways to make the material work, or simply radiate goodwill toward each other and the audience to such an extent that the audience reciprocates. Maintaining a charming ease for its entire ninety-five minute running time, Vardalos and her cast desire nothing but the commendable goal of entertaining their audience. This is an unabashedly warm and friendly film that was seemingly made for all the right reasons.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake.
New York Times
An amiable, offhanded comedy about ethnic identity and last-chance romance.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
There is so much goodwill here, you are charmed as much as tickled into laughing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0026359199325
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
2,292

Special Features

Audio commentaries by stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick; Both widescreen and full-frame versions on sigle-sided disc; Cast biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nia Vardalos Toula
John Corbett Ian Miller
Michael Constantine Gus
Lainie Kazan Maria
Andrea Martin Aunt Voula
Joey Fatone Angelo
Gia Carides Nikki
Louis Mandylor Nick
Bess Meisler Yia Yia
Fiona Reid Harriet Miller
Bruce Gray Rodney Miller
Ian Gomez Mike
Jayne Eastwood Mrs. White
Gale Garnett Aunt Lexy
Gerry Mendicino Uncle Taki
Maria Vacratsis Aunt Frieda
John Kalangis Greek Teacher
Christina Eleusiniotis Toula at 6
Kaylee Vieira Schoolgirl
Marita Zouravlioff Toula at 12
Sarah Osman Athena at 15
Petra Wildgoose Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd Car Pool Friend
Stavroula Logothettis Athena
Constantine Tsapralis Foti
Frank Falcone Suitor
Eugene Martel Suitor
Joe Persechini Suitor
Peter Xynnis Suitor
Anthony Kandiotis Priest
Nick Kutsukos Bouzouki Player
Peter Tharos Yianni
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos Cousin Jennie
Kathryn Haggis Cousin Marianthi
Charlene Bitzas Aunt Nota
Chris Savides Greek Chanter
Constantine Vardalos Greek Chanter
Scott Khouri Waiter
John Tsifliklis Wedding Singer
Peter Chalkiopoulos Wedding Band
Peter Gogos Wedding Band
Spiro Milankou Wedding Band
Victor Politis Wedding Band
Jim Rouvas Wedding Band
Arielle Sugarman Paris

Technical Credits
Joel Zwick Director
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Brooks Executive Producer
Enrico Campana Set Decoration/Design
Andy Chmura Camera Operator
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
David Coatsworth Co-producer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Nancy Vardalos Ginakes Choreography
Gary Goetzman Producer
Mia Goldman Editor
Tom Hanks Producer
Alexander Janko Score Composer
Jeffrey Jur Cinematographer
Gregory Keen Production Designer
Burton J. LeBlanc Makeup
Liberman/Patton Casting Casting
Grant Lucibello Asst. Director
Martin Malivoire Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Mather Sound Mixer
David McAree Asst. Director
Kei Ng Art Director
Kostas Petsis Choreography
Steven Shareshian Executive Producer
Nia Vardalos Screenwriter
Norm Waitt Executive Producer
Chris Wilson Score Composer
Rita Wilson Producer
Dorota Zajac Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Growing Up Greek [7:37]
2. Nothing Ever Changes [5:12]
3. Your Own Private Greek Statue [2:49]
4. Head Vs. Neck [3:28]
5. Something Different [4:27]
6. A Window Of Opporutnity [5:18]
7. Romantic Interludes [8:19]
8. The Family Knows! [7:47]
9. Will You Marry Me? [3:06]
10. Becoming Greek [4:23]
11. Meet the Family [5:10]
12. Whose Wedding is This? [6:30]
13. A Quiet Dinner [8:08]
14. What Really Matters [3:36]
15. Morning Madness [3:54]
16. First Steps [5:10]
17. The Wedding Reception [9:50]

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
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I've heard it called a ''chick flick'' and nothing could be further from the truth. This is everybody's flick! It has been a long time since I've laughed so hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic movie, but my favorite character is MICHAEL CONSTANTINE as the father, Gus Portokalos!! He was soooooo funny!!! I honestly think he should win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If laughter is the best medicine then this movie is percription strength. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud in the theatre. Now I can do it in my own home. I'm stoked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the best movies I have seen yet! Nia Vardalos played an awesome Toula Portocalis, but what was Joey Fatone doing in there? Well, this movie never lost its charm, even after seeing it 4 times already. The same joke keeps working time and time again. I promise you that you will NOT REGRET buying or renting this movie. It's a timeless classic, and not just to Greeks. Overall, an awesome movie, and I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I've ever seen! My husband and I saw it one month after our wedding, and could relate in too many ways! My husband doesn't typically go for the ''romantic comedy'' genre, but he has recommended this movie to others! We both laughed out loud continuously throughout the entire movie. I cannot wait to own the DVD! We have already placed an order for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow!!! a very good movie i must say... although this seems like a copy of ''east is east...''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed out loud that hard in a theatre in a long time! Excellent movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best comedy I've seen in years. A delightful cultural tale that will make you laugh and cry all in one sitting. A must have for any DVD library! Best of all, its safe for the family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen and I go to alot of Movies each year and by far this is the best movie I've seen in the year 2002-2003 It is worth the money and gas to go see this movie.Don't be one of the VERY few who haven't seen this movie. You'll regret missing this Fantastic movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This had to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. I laughed from the minute it started until the end. I saw it when it first came out and before it was rated as one of the top 5 movies. I liked it so much, I saw it ''twice,'' and I enjoyed it even more the second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m at a loss to explain why ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ got the Oscar nod for best screenplay. It¿s the story of an ugly duckling, Toula Portocalas (Nia Vardalos) who (stop me if you've heard this one before) turns into a beautiful swan by the end. This transformation is made possible by the love and respect of Toula¿s floppy-eared fiancée cum groom, Ian Miller (John Corbett). Though both of Toula¿s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan), are initially opposed to the marriage they eventually they warm up to the idea that their daughter loves a Catholic. Written by Vardalos, who clearly thought this was some sort of homage to her middle European heritage, the plot is excessively burdened with middle-European clichés that get overplayed, tapping into the bias that all Greeks are warm-hearted simpletons and all outsiders are clearly cold fish. Perhaps a more fitting title would have been, 'My Big Fat Greek Stereotype'. Really, there are maybe four instances in the entire film where I found myself genuinely smiling. The rest of the jokes fall somewhere between middle of the road and 'oh God, I can't believe they did that!' Clearly, this was a movie written for and marketed to a very specific audience, and in so far as that goes, ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ hit its target right on the money and all the way through to a failed television spin off and lucrative Hollywood career for its star. Never has so little originality been stretched such a long, long way. But this is not a great comedy or even a mediocre one. It's just big and fat. At least there's some redemption to be found in the widescreen transfer. Anamorphically enhanced, colors are rich, bold and well balanced. Contrast levels are admirably presented with a remarkable amount of fine detail present, while blacks are both solid and deep. Edge enhancement is present but is kept to a bare minimum. Pixelization and shimmering crop up now and then, but here too, they are nothing to quibble about. The audio is 5.1 and nicely presented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it very much. It was funny and very touching at some points. I recommend it to many of my friends and people who never seen it because it is funny and if you are the type to laugh at anything this one movie makes sense to laugh about and relate to most characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I've seen in many years. Sometimes, movies hit close to home..this definately did...however, you don't need to be Greek to enjoy it. I've seen it 5 times in the theater - and never get sick of it. I've taken all my ''non-Greek'' friends to see it - and they left the theater laughing hysterically. I recommend you see this movie if you haven't already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. I laughed so hard, many of the people reminded me of my own sisters. I loved the fact that there wasn't any violence and the language wasn't too bad, although to me it could still have left out some of the words that were used. I bought the DVD from Barnes and Noble, can't wait to get it. If you have not seen this movie, buy it, you won't be disappointed. We all need to laugh, helps to lower your BP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is honestly the most recommended movie I've ever seen in my life. It's filled with the right humor at the right time. When I went to see a the theater I asked an employee- ''How long has this movie been out for''? She said ''EIGHT months''! I haven't heard of a movie that ran longer than that. If you have well lets hear about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just the best movie I have seen in a long time. It's memorable and relatable characters are just what a person from a crazy family needs to see that everyone hates their family. It made me laugh from beginning to end. If your not Greek (like me) don't think you won't relate to this comedy, because everyones family seems to have a little 'Greek' in them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie that I have been to for many of years. The critics need to promote more movies like this one. It appears that the critics have been promoted to being brain dead for not even reviewing this movie when it forst came out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the best I have seen in some time. Never have I been in a theater with so much laughter!!! Everyone was talking and laughing about the movie as we were exiting the theater. It certainly put everyone in a great mood! I am going to see it again tonight! Great acting by all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There aren't many movies that can make me laught out loud. I can only count a few on my hand in all my 30 years of living. For that matter, there isn't much these days that can make me laugh outloud. Except the book, The Little Guide To Happiness. That book was hilarious and I didn't even expect it to be because it was a self help book. At any rate, I digress. I highly recommend this movie. After all, Laughter is the best medicine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the funniest movie ever, and I am a big comedy buff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is perfect off you like romantic comedies. I am glad to see that others have enjoyed it, but I can see how some might not like it. There's little sex, no profanity, adultery, violence, or horror. It's a great PG romantic comedy that reminds me of some of the great old romances with the great comedy of today.