My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Director: Joel Zwick

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


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One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it


One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn't interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business -- a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's -- she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad's misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect -- he's tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula -- except for two little things: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula's family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian's upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There's also the matter of the wedding, which Toula's mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez (Vardalos' real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone.

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.

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Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Digital Theater Systems]

Special Features

Closed Caption; A look back at My Big Fat Greek Wedding: A 30-minute retrospective on the making of the film featuring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett; Deleted Scenes; Original 2002 Audio Commentary with Nia Vardalos, John Corbett and Director Joel Zwick

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

Disc #1 -- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
1. Growing Up Greek [7:37]
2. Nothing Ever Changes [5:12]
3. Your Own Greek Statue [2:49]
4. Head vs. Neck [3:28]
5. Something Different [4:27]
6. A Window of Opportunity [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]
1. Growing Up Greek [7:37]
2. Nothing Ever Changes [5:12]
3. Your Own Greek Statue [2:49]
4. Head vs. Neck [3:28]
5. Something Different [4:27]
6. A Window of Opportunity [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 wish I could give it more stars. This movie is the best of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sweet and funny. Sweet and funny. Very Sweet. Very funny. GO SEE IT OR ORDER IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie so much I saw it three times!!!!!! I think that it's the honesty of it that makes it so warm. Nia Vardalos has done a wonderful job, and Andrea Martin was so funny as the aunt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was advertised so little, it was out several months before I ever heard about it. It's the funniest, happiest, movie and even made me shed a couple of tears!! The characters are believable and hysterically written! Buy this movie - you'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious, but poignant and accurate account of a 30-ish Greek woman thrown into dating and eventual marriage by her father, who keeps telling her that she needs to get married, ''You look old.'' The siblings and cousins are trying to help-OH NO!!! Anyone with ANY European blood can identify with this movie. OPA!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie before anyone even knew about it. I really didn't know much about it. All I knew is that it's supposed to be funny. When I was told that it's not the typical Hollywood movie, meaning that there isn't any Oscar winning star, I was afraid I won't enjoy. I came with hardly any expectation and I must say, after all, that this is a prize winning movie. It has characters that you can identify with, also due to great acting. The humor is so refreshing and you find yourself laughing throughout most of the movie. The movie is about a Greek girl who is raised all her life to find a Greek husband. When you take an open minded girl, a stubborn father and a BIG and funny Greek family, you can't but not sit at the edge of your seat from excitement unless, of course, you fall out of it from laughter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding, funny, heartwarming. You'll want to see it again and again. Thats why I'm ordering the vhs
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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
Everyone can find something to relate to their own family which makes this movie so delightful. I plan on ordering the DVD so I could laugh some more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's ''Everybody's family''. Funny, warm, touching, entertaining. You could watch this movie every night and still laugh, cry, want more.
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
I sat in the theater with my sister and cousin laughing sooo hard when we saw this movie. I thought it was going to be some cheesy cheap-theater movie but was quit shocked with how funny it was. I havent met a person yet who saw the movie and didnt think it was the greatest. Ive already seen it 9 times!!! Ill be the first in line to buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about the movie I didn't think it would be that great...but I have seen it in theaters 3 times now and could still go back to see it....I can't wait until it come out on DVD...I will defintly have my own copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, the best movie that I can think of that I have seen in the last 15 years. What a great heartwarming and absolutely hilarious movie. STRONGLY recommend this movie... and own it too! Great for last minute laughs
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious! I, too, saw it before it was ''all the rage'' and told everyone I know to go see it. Though it is a romantic comedy about a wedding, it is NOT A CHICK FLICK. Everyone and their brother should watch this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you had the privilege of growing up in any sort of European ethnicity, you will truly be able to identify with this. It brings back memories of when your grandmother meets one of your friends for the first time and she yells, ''Hello, honey...come and eat!'' Also, the part where the groom was taught to say certain Greek phrases so he could impress his future mother-in-law was hilarious. My grandfather actually did that to my poor mother (teaching her Hungarian no-nos)--much to my grandmother's chagrin! This movie is like a visit to Grandma's on Christmas Eve! What a riot!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and son-in-law watched this movie at a movie preview. They urged us to go and watch it, but we waited. When we did watch it we were pleasingly surprised. It is a funny, entertaining feel good about love movie. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We have been patiently waiting for this movie to come out in video. We will ad it to our video library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend and I saw this movie before all the buzz came about; since we love independent type films. I took my daughters back and then my mother. They all loved it and recommended it to someone else. Everyone has known someone that has had their wedding taken over by the family and all that can result from it. I laughed from the beginning until the very end. I hope the series is as good as the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a movie to entertain you, make you feel good when it is over and make you stomp you feet as you laugh, this is the movie to see. I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD. This will be a movie our family will watch over and over again for years to come. You catch something each time you see it that you hadn't caught previously. Go, get popcorn, soda and enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was incredible! I laughed my butt off the whole way through, all 19 times I saw it in theater!!! It was hysterical!!!!!!! Everyone in my family is buying the DVD!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!