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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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PG (for sensuality and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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$241,250,669.00
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Cast

Nia Vardalos
as Toula Portokalos
John Corbett
as Ian Miller
Michael Constantine
as Gus Portokalos
Lainie Kazan
as Maria Portokalos
Gia Carides
as Nikki
Bruce Gray
as Rodney Miller
Ian Gomez
as Mike
Fiona Reid
as Harriet
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. White
Joey Fatone
as Angelo
Bess Meisler
as Yiayia
Andrea Martin
as Aunt Voula
Louis Mandylor
as Nick Portokalos
Gale Garnett
as Aunt Lexy
Gerry Mendicino
as Uncle Taki
Marita Zouravlioff
as Toula at 12
Sarah Osman
as Athena at 15
John Kalangis
as Greek Teacher
Kaylee Vieira
as Schoolgirl
Petra Wildgoose
as Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd
as Car Pool Friend
Frank Falcone
as Suitor
Eugene Martel
as Suitor
Peter Xynnis
as Suitor
Nick Kutsukos
as Bouzouki Player
Peter Tharos
as Yianni
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos
as Cousin Jennie
Maria Vacratsis
as Aunt Freida
Kathryn Haggis
as Cousin Marianthi
Gale Zoe Garnett
as Aunt Lexy
Charlene Bitzas
as Aunt Nota
Chris Savides
as Greek Chanter
Constantine Vardalos
as Greek Chanter
Scott Khouri
as Waiter
John Tsifliklis
as Wedding Singer
Peter Chalkiopoulos
as Wedding Band Member
Peter Gogos
as Wedding Band Member
Spiro Milankou
as Wedding Band Member
Victor Politis
as Wedding Band Member
Jim Rouvas
as Wedding Band Member
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Critic Reviews for My Big Fat Greek Wedding

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (27)

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2002
ReelViews
Top Critic

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
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Really funny!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

½

As a Greek person this movie was only partially accurate and therefore irritates me.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

An adorable romantic comedy starring Nia Vardalos & John Corbett about a 30 year old woman that helps her family run their family restaurant, Dancing Zorba's. Toula (Vardalos) is expected to get married to a greek man & run the restaurant until she dies. Then one day she meets Ian Miller (Corbett) who she decides to change the way she looks for him. Then she meets him again when she works at a Travel Agency. They go on a couple dates & they fall in love :) Her family of course doesn't approve because Ian is not Greek. So she has to sneak around with him for a while until Toula's family decides to have Ian baptized. Even more hilarious antics ensue when Ian's family meets Toula's family. This is an heart warming tale of true love & the family who you love at the end of the day no matter how crazy they are :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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