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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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76

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 31

Though it sometimes feels like a television sitcom, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is good-hearted, lovable, and delightfully eccentric, with a sharp script and lead performance from Nia Vardalos.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 8

Though it sometimes feels like a television sitcom, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is good-hearted, lovable, and delightfully eccentric, with a sharp script and lead performance from Nia Vardalos.

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Movie Info

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

PG,

Comedy, Romance

Nia Vardalos

Feb 11, 2003

$241.3M

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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (31) | DVD (40)

Second City alum Nia Vardalos stars in this ethnic comedy, which she also wrote -- an ambitious way to break into a leading role; too bad the results are insubstantial.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The result feels a little over-egged at times and the love match lacks chemistry, but Ian's whistlestop induction into a different style of language, food, drink, dress and dancing allows a few good one-liners.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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You don't have to be Greek to enjoy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and that's precisely the point of it.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very slim movie that succeeds on its own modest terms without pretense or apology. No wonder it's easy to like.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The movie is consistently funny without ever going over the top -- a rarity in movies.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The reliability of the genre doesn't excuse predictable jokes, pat fiascoes and so many stereotypes that one is tempted to alert the Greek anti-defamation league.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A captivating comedy with a heart of gold, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a must-see for its sheer unbridled delightfulness. An Amelie for 2002?

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Perfect sleepover movie for tweens (and moms!).

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It offers the illusion of originality by bombarding audiences with Greek stereotypes, but really clings to the formulaic romance comedy.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Ms. Vardalos' has loaded her charmingly fluffy script with cute idiosyncrasies in place of actual characters.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Endearing eccentricities, such as Toula's father's improvisational Greek etymologies of words like "kimono" and his reliance on Windex for a range of external-use medicinal purposes, help humanize the characters.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

It's funny, it's familiar and you can see a lot of the situations transferring over to your own life.

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It is a romantic comedy in the best classic Hollywood style, albeit one with some sharp writing and genuinely human as well as funny moments.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Vardalos is not a great actress, but she is a likeable one ... John Corbett will never steer you wrong ... a cute premise, but it has all been done before

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...los actores parecen estar divirtiéndose a lo grande.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The family-friendly film avoids pitfalls, but the DVD is skimpy.

February 17, 2003 Full Review

Now, Nia Vardalos will jump out of your movie screen or television set...and club you over the head with a bottle of Windex until you give in to her aggressively overbearing humor!

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Comment (1)
AboutFilm.com

...Captures the nature of true romance, with just enough slapstick (a Greek invention) to make you laugh out loud.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The actors...bring out an attractive, warmhearted simplicity in each character. Above all, they portray a close, loving family, the film's ultimate and lasting virtue.

January 28, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Es un entrañable filme sobre el amor, la familia, las tradiciones, la consecución de los sueños y la tolerancia.'

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

A cute little movie whose success proves that wherever they can find it, people will rise up and embrace the most mediocre, bland, and reassuring forms of art.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: KFOR Channel 4 News
KFOR Channel 4 News

Almost everyone growing up believes their family must look like "The Addams Family" to everyone looking in... "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" comes from the heart...

January 8, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

On the whole, this film didn't make me laugh much, didn't make me 'aaaaaah' much and didn't give me any more insight into its astronomical popularity.

January 2, 2003 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for My Big Fat Greek Wedding

If you've seen a wedding movie, regardless of whether it is a comedy, a drama, or something else, you've seen MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. I could give away the ending, to refresh the memories of those who saw it when it came out ten years ago, but it's so predictable; take an honest guess and you'll probably be right on. The same goes with all the humor here: unoriginal and thoroughly predictable. I'll give credit to the Windex joke for its initial sense of originality, but it occurs in dialogue so pervasively that it seems to lose its spark almost instantly. Highly overappreciated; a true letdown.
February 25, 2012
spielberg00

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Really funny!
June 24, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

As a Greek person this movie was only partially accurate and therefore irritates me.
November 16, 2010
theunknownhobo
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    1. Gus: Why you want to leave me?
    – Submitted by Amber D (6 months ago)
    1. Toula: I really love him.
    – Submitted by Katherine R (19 months ago)
    1. Aunt Voula: Yes, inside the lump... was my twin!
    – Submitted by Chelsey F (2 years ago)
    1. Maria: So, Voula. How is business?
    2. Aunt Voula: Oh, woe to me. Business is bad.
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (2 years ago)
    1. Aunt Voula: What do you mean he don't eat no meat? [the entire room stops, in shock]
    – Submitted by Andrew A (2 years ago)
    1. Gus: Didn't I say it's a mistake, to educate women? But nobody listened to me.
    – Submitted by Kos G (2 years ago)
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