My Big Fat Greek Wedding

2002

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Critics 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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User Ratings: 765,037
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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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Cast

Nia Vardalos
as Toula Portokalos
John Corbett
as Ian Miller
Michael Constantine
as Gus Portokalos
Lainie Kazan
as Maria Portokalos
Bruce Gray
as Rodney Miller
Fiona Reid
as Harriet
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. White
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
Nick Kutsukos
as Bouzouki Player
Maria Vacratsis
as Aunt Freida
Kathryn Haggis
as Cousin Marianthi
Charlene Bitzas
as Aunt Nota
Chris Savides
as Greek Chanter
Constantine Vardalos
as Greek Chanter
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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  • Dec 02, 2011
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a lovable comedy with lovable characters. Sure, we know from the title she is gonna get married, but its the fun journey that takes us there. There are some memorable and funny moments here, and the wholr film just felt like innocent fun. Nia Vardalos is sweet and funny, and she also has written the script for the film which I found to be very well done. If I had any problems with the movie, its that it just didn't feel as hilarious as it could've been. But nevertheless, this is a good comedy with a good romance, and it was definently worth the watch.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2010
    As a Greek person this movie was only partially accurate and therefore irritates me.
    Unknown H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2010
    did not understand it
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2010
    This is a charmingly tale of Toula, a frumpy Greek woman who meets Ian, the man of her dreams. She devotes herself to making her appearance better in order to attract him whereby they hit it off and fall in love with each other, The only problem is, he's not Greek, a detail that doesn't go over well with her tightly knit family. Funny and romantic, the story works in the sense that it reminds us all that we should embrace our heritage and family quirks because it helps to make us who we are in the end.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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