My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Joel Zwick
  • Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Joey Fatone

Storyline:

Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family’s restaurant, Dancing Zorba’s, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it’s his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt’s travel agency (again making her father think it’s his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula’s huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself.

One comment

  • Everyone heard of this movie soon after it was released. Nia Vardalas has to be one of Hollywood’s all-time success stories for this venture — made on a “shoestring” for $5,000,000, and grossing about a quarter-billion!

    I had heard of it, with everybody else, but was traveling a lot when originally in theaters. So I didn’t see it first-run, and for some reason, had never caught it otherwise, until last night.

    In these types of comedies, with the story of the contrasting backgrounds/lifestyles/families of the principals, even the good one usually have some aspects which can detract some from the events: some parts which drag; one or more characters who are over-the-top, unfunny or outright annoying; or some plot lines or jokes which are overdone and/or repeated tediously; etc.

    This film has none of this — it is a total pleasure to watch from beginning to end: Vardalas and John Corbett as the lead couple from diverse families; Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan as her parents; all the supporting cast, including Andrea Martin as her aunt, the actors portraying Corbett’s parents — and everyone else — all seem perfect to their roles, give engaging performances, and make this film a total joy to view.

    I can’t imagine anyone who could watch this presentation without enjoying to the maximum, and feeling great for having experienced it.

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