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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Director: Joel Zwick

Cast: 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.

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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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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
Marla 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


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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
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This is without a doubt the funniest movie ever, and I am a big comedy buff.
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
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
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
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
It's one of the greatest movies I've ever seen not because of the performance or acting but because of its truth. I'm Ukrainian and I see my family in it. Some of my friends are Georgian and they see theirs families in their. Really, anybody from the eastern, southern or central Europe feels like it's movie about them.
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
We enjoyed the DVD immensely.
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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
Outstanding, funny, heartwarming. You'll want to see it again and again. Thats why I'm ordering the vhs
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
It's hard to find romantic comedies that are enjoyable and don't have depressing endings. It seems too many movies are going for that "realistic" feel, and so they don't have happy endings. Well, I don't mean to spoil it for you, but there's a good ending to this movie. Some things may seem a little cliche, and they's becuause they probably are. But if it is, it's definately one of the best cliche movies you'll ever see. It's cute, romantic, and it's the kind of movie you buy because you know you will watch it more than just one time. I also like it, because kind of like Spanglish, it shows how people with different ethnic backgrounds learn to compromise their traditional culture with modern American culture. I also really like Toula's character - it shows how confidence goes a long way in making you look and feel beautiful. Ian is such a nice guy, you can't help but like his character. Watch this movie!!
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
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
If you are from a big family or you've ever been around one, you'll love this movie. If you are neither one, this movie will make you wish you were. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's touching and it's FUNNY. The last time I saw a movie that was this good was Fried Green Tomatoes. This is your mother speaking. Go. Laugh. Enjoy. It's good for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have ever seen in my whole life!!!
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
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
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 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
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!