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Toula is 30. And unmarried. Which means as a nice Greek girl -- she's a failure. All her cousins did the right thing -- married Greek boys and made Greek babies. So everyone worries: what will become of Toula? Then one day she sees the ultimate unattainable guy and realizes the only way her life will get better is if he gets away from her big fat Greek family. Toula escapes from the family restaurant. She exchanges her seating hostess jacket for a college diploma convinces her aunt to give her a new job and trades in her coke-bottle glasses for contact lenses just in time for "him" to walk back into her life. Ian Miller is tall handsome but defnitely not Greek. Their courtship is an Olympian culture clash. Can Ian handle Toula her parents her aunts uncles cousins and several centuries of Greek heritage? Will Toula discover the love she's been missing right in the heart of her big fat family? One thing is for sure for better or worse for richer or poorer with Ian's proposal Toula is headed for her big fat Greek wedding.Running Time: 95 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY UPC: 026359199325 Manufacturer No: 91993

It's not surprising that My Big Fat Greek Wedding grew more popular over the course of its theatrical release (whereas most blockbusters open big and then drop precipitously)--not only does it have believable situations and engaging characters, but these characters (particularly our romantic heroine, Toula, played by writer and performer Nia Vardalos) look like actual human beings instead of plastic movie stars. The result is the very accessible tale of Greek-American Toula (whose family sees her as over the hill at 30), who falls for a WASPy guy named Ian (John Corbett) and then has to endure the outrage, doubt, and ultimate acceptance of her deeply ethnically centered family. The actors invest their wildly stereotypical portrayals with sincerity and compassion, giving the movie an honest warmth instead of Hollywood schmaltz. But My Big Fat Greek Wedding ultimately succeeds because of Vardalos; her intelligent, down-to-earth presence and charm carry the film. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:

  • No "spoiled little princess perfect" bride here!
    The only thing that got me into the theater to see this movie was the fact that the actor playing the brother is a friend of a friend of mine. I was expecting Bridezilla, what I got was a very normal woman. ...more info
  • Marriage is Between Families
    Funny! The pressures of a Greek-American single woman who finally finds the groom and he isn't the Greek Knight she was supposed to find. Romantic Comedy with a Hellenic bent. ...more info
  • BIG FAT (GEEK) WEDDING!
    This is the corniest movie I've ever seen! I can't believe
    anyone on this planet, could like this crap! If The old man
    took a bottle of windex, and shoved it up his wazoo, that
    would be funny! (THIS MOVIE BLOWS!)








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  • One of those films that rarely comes along
    I fell quickly in love with this movie the first time I ever saw it. A small-budget independent movie that earned all of its rage. And for a film with such a simple storyline? Amazing. But I agree with it all, for this is one of those charmers that comes along once in a blue moon.

    It is a familiar story indeed, nothing original there. But, like so many other great films, it is the way it is done that earns the praise. This is the sweet story of an ugly duckling who finally grows into herself and finds Prince Charming... within the first fifteen minutes of the film, leaving the rest of the story to deal with the problems that come of mixing together two very different cultures.

    In the end, all is well, of course. But it's the ride that is fun, revealing lots of laughs and untapped talent as well as true sweetness and praise of family....more info
  • Loved My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    This movie pictured a sizable segment of the U.S. population that has not gotten much attention in the movies - the high involvement Mediterranean family. Many Italians I know said that it could have been their family. The movie works so well because the author and star really lived and knew the life she depicted. I enjoyed the wry humor.

    At the beginning I was prepared to hate her father. He was so sexist and bullying and anti-intellectual. And the women of the family were so cynically manipulative. It did not occur to me until late into the movie that the father was really afraid. He had only the best in mind for his family, and that included his daughters, and that he too felt out of his element in a different mix of cultures that is the United States.

    One other detail pleased me; the role of the community college in helping people break free from a confining life to move up in the world. Not only do they learn academic things, they meet wonderful people from other cultures there, fall in love, and marry them.

    The photography was wonderful and the acting was superb, especially since the movie was made on a tight budget.

    This is one of the best films I have seen in the past ten years. ...more info
  • SEEN IT 100+ TIMES
    I GOT THIS MOVIE FOR MY SELF I HAVE SEEN IT LIKE 100+ TIMES JUST LOVE IT...more info
  • OOPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I work in a Greek restaurant owned by a first generation Greek family, and I watched this movie after my boss recommended it to me. Now, normally I am not a woman that is into "chick flicks", but this movie was great!
    Some of the things that had me laughing the hardest, was how many of the Greek stereotypes that ARE actually true! I laughed out loud when I realized that Toula's father was named Gus, and his brother was named George...and half of the males in Toula's family were named Nick! It just so happens that my boss is named Gus, his brother is George, and my boss's youngest son is indeed named Nick! *laughing*
    The restaurant and family scenes made me feel like I was right back at work!
    OOPA!...more info
  • One Big Fat Hilarious Greek Comedy!
    The surprise blockbuster film of 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding won over the hearts of movie viewers everywhere with its light-hearted comedy and interesting characters. Written by Nia Vardalos (who also stars in the lead role), My Big Fat Greek Wedding - which was originally intended for the stage - garnered the talented writer an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. A feel-good, family-oriented film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one film movie buffs everywhere won't want to miss...

    Living in Chicago, Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is a thirty-year-old single woman working in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's. In dire need of a makeover and hoping for a life beyond the restaurant, Toula and her mother conspire to convince Toula's father Gus (Michael Constantine) that she should take some computer classes. Gus demands it (believing it's his idea), but his first wish for Toula is that she will marry a good Greek man.

    Seeking a new life of career advancement, Toula again enlists her mother's aid in convincing her father that she should go to work at her Aunt Voula's (Andrea Martin) travel agency. In addition to her new career, Toula gets a total makeover to go with her new life. But things take an unexpected twist when, while working at the travel agency, Toula catches the eye of a local high school English teacher, Ian Miller (John Corbett). The two begin dating, and they fall in love. Only one problem, though... Ian isn't Greek!

    When Gus finds out that his daughter has been secretly dating a non-Greek, he's furious. But when Ian and Toula decide to get married, Gus must learn to accept his new son-in-law-to-be. Ian must learn to accept Toula's big family, and Toula must learn to accept herself...

    Nia Vardalos exhibits her true out-of-this-world talent when she performs not only as the writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but also as the lead character Toula. Playing her part to perfection, Vardalos creates an onscreen chemistry with John Corbett which is simply magical. The couple comes across as realistic and fun, yet not overly clich¨¦d and melodramatic in their pronouncements to one another. The result is that My Big Fat Greek Wedding becomes a true celebration of happiness for two individuals (one the audience feels privy to).

    Overall, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a smash success - as a comedy, a romantic comedy, and a clash of cultures comedy. Vardalos's uncanny portrayal of an American Greek family where half the relatives are named Nick or Maria is hilarious. And the blending of two people and two families into one despite the differences between them is an uplifting and inspiring story that can't help but merit a smile. Nia Vardalos is charming as the sweet and innocent Toula, and her writing is beyond compare - that's why My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a definite must-see film you can't afford to miss...

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  • Delightful
    What a great movie. This is one of those films that will a smile on your face time and time again. It is well written, by the star herself, features a great cast, great music and doesn't go on for too long. It tells the story and never once drags on or becomes boring. John Corbett is great as the american love interest marrying into a family of Greeks, and good to see a couple of known Aussie actors amongst the cast members. Special features include an interesting interview with the star of the movie, Nia Vardalos. This is a winner, it is still the highest grossing independant film of all time and its not hard to see why. A must for every DVD collection, it appeals to all audiences....more info
  • Best Movie Ever!!!
    I loved this movie! I'm watching right now! (I've already watched 5 times today.)...more info
  • One more 5 star review
    This movie is just cute, funny and silly. It contains believable looking people too...no anorexic celebrities with veneers on their teeth. And yes, it's a lighthearted piece but it doesn't follow many of the same tired clich¨¦s as other romantic-comedies. The plot is easy and fun, yet clever.

    As someone who is half Greek, I found it easy to relate to and laugh at the Greek culture jokes. Incidentally, like the main character in the movie, Toula, my mother was the first person in her entire family to "breed" with a non-Greek. Also, I can attest many Greeks I have known seem to believe eating is the solution to any problem you might have. "But mom, I love him." "Toula eat something!"

    Let's just say I am aware that there are Greeks who find this movie "not funny". Maybe they just don't enjoy the humor, which is fine but, if they find this movie offensive and racist I would just say lighten up. ...more info
  • A big fat fun movie about famliy
    Ultimately, every human being is shaped to a degree by their environment. Most people have strong memories of what it was like to grow up and live a certain place at a certain time, with a certain kind of people. But to what degree does a person's growing environment shape their identity? That may be the ultimate question of the surprise hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

    At the film's outset the main character Toula describes what it was like growing up in her Greek family where the whole family gets involved in everything family related (and everyone knows everything about everyone). Unfortunately for her, Toula doesn't seem to really LIKE the way that her cultural heritage affects her life. She didn't like going to Greek School in the summertime as a child and eating food that everyone thought was strange-looking while she went to public school. Given her feelings, it's no surprise she wildly unhappy and dreams of nothing more than getting out of where she is when she finds herself about 30 years old, still living at home, and working in the family restaurant.

    The truly sad thing about the beginning of this movie is that at the outset, everyone seems to have given up on Toula's having any future life prospects. According to the old-fashioned Greek tradition (she informs us) a Greek woman has only three obligations: to marry a Greek, have lots of Greek children, and cook lots of Greek food. Imagine her family's confusion when Toula starts to have ideas about living her own life and (God forbid) deciding for herself what kind of person she wants to marry.

    Things really get moving when Toula sees a handsome stranger one day in the restaurant where she works, and then decides to start to make some self changes. She changes her hairstyle and gets contact lenses for eyes (among other things). She takes some college courses (partially thanks to her mother's skillful manipulation of her father) and (again thanks to her mother's people skills) starts working for another relative who runs a travel agency. Here she again meets her handsome stranger, and the two hit it off almost instantly. Naturally doesn't recognize her at first (she has changed her appearance so much), and at first Toula tries to hide her cultural background, ashamed of the truth and fearful of scaring him off.

    When Toula does tell her new boyfriend about her wild, crazy family, she quickly decides that they are too different and the relationship cannot possibly work out. It's a good thing the guy is open-minded and adaptable. He fails to see how his new-found love could possibly be undone by Toula's family. "So your parents are weird. Whose parents aren't?" he asks. But he soon finds out what her parents are like, and then that there is much more to her family than just her parents.

    The section of the movie that follows is just classic because Toula is trying to hide from her family what she is doing, and when they find out it's like a teenager seeing a boy behind her parents' back (even though Toula is 30!). When her family and friends find out what is really going it results in some of the most hilarious scenes in the movie. Toula's father asks the man why he didn't ask for his permission to see his daughter, and he replies that it seems a little odd because she's middle-aged... Then her father says that a respectful man would ask his permission, and so the he does, only to be told no immediately! Of course no one can get in the way of love between two adults, so despite her family's objections, Toula becomes engaged to the man of her dreams and the real nightmare begins...

    There's culture shock for the unsuspecting parents of the future husband, juvenile tricks played on him by Toula's brothers ("If you hurt her, I'll kill ya!...Just kidding!"), the baptism of a man nearing middle age, and the shocking revelation to Toula's relatives that he future husband is a vegetarian ("What do you mean he don't eat meat!!!!...Is okay, I make lamb."). All of this makes for great comedy, as well as a great display of how cultural differences can make something that's innocent and harmless to one culture look terrifying to another.

    Ultimately though, love (both romantic and familial) triumphs in the end, and Toula comes to the realization her family does indeed make up part of who she is, and is something to be proud of. The real point for me where I saw that things had come full circle was when at the wedding, the father who had once rejected the groom was now welcoming both him and his family as part of his own, and one of the relatives looked on her new in-law and said "Right now, he LOOKS Greek." Love and understanding, that's what life is all about. And ultimately, that's what this movie is all about. Great stuff....more info
  • so funny!
    i don't think i expected much from the movie, but i can now say what was i thinking?? this movie is so hilarious! it's a romantic comedy between a greek chicago girl and an average american guy who can be no more different than each other. it's a funny movie with heart! i can quote that whole movie, which in a way is sad, but it's a must see!!...more info
  • A beautiful movie
    Nia Vardalos's script bit into the stereotypes but it managed to not be stereotypical at the same time.

    The movie is about culture and ethnic identity, something that Americans were taught since Day One to reject because we're all supposed to be part of the big "melting pot." It's the main reason why the majority of the folks who put this movie down here just don't get it.

    Too bad people couldn't pay attention to the beautiful and timeless Greek traditions that Toula explained in the movie and the fact that even though she was marrying outside of her ethnic group, her family supported her decision (begrudgingly) and not only gave her a beautiful wedding (in a Greek Orthodox church) but her father managed to put his feelings aside and buy his daughter and her new husband a house (even if it happened to be right next door).

    I guess, in the end, you have to be Greek (which I'm part, through my Italian side) or be a Greek-lover to understand and truly appreciate this movie.

    Thumbs up to Nia for an original script and a beautiful movie (and for casting extra cute John Corbett as the non-Greek husband)....more info
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a great comedy as well as family story. This movie also shows that in the end we must do what is in our hearts; marry the one that WE love not who our family approves. It also shows in the end that ethic traditions and customs can followed as well as melded with the rest of society....more info
  • The movie that EVERYONE talked about
    So what's all the fuss about? I remember all the hoo-ha when this originally came out. It's predictable. You know there's going to be a wedding at the end of the movie. The movie plays it safe, and is rated PG. The cast is a bunch of unknowns, unless you recognise that one of the cousins was the backing dancer to Justin Timberlake in N*Sync, and her brother was previously in Friends. (Louis Mandylor played "Carl" in episode: "The One with Unagi" in series 6 - I will spot these people.) There's a brief introduction to the character of Toula Portokalos, with a voice over. You see throughout school, as this dumpy little girl, before she finally grew up. And boy, Nia Vardalos can do ugly in this movie like Sandra Bullock does ugly in Miss Congeniality!

    However, this film is OK, to watch on a boring Sunday afternoon. But it's too short. Nia Vardalos does end up looking quite pretty, although what was the deal with John Corbett? It's called a haircut. Get one.

    The whole family situation was absolutely hilarious. That was the best bit about the movie, from the Mum starting to give her 30-year-old daughter a pep talk about what happens on your wedding night; the aunt (?) asking why Toula's future husband doesn't eat meat, and then prepares lamb instead; and the drunk parents-in-law. There is more funny things about the family, and more stuff could have been developed, but sadly, they were pushed to the side, in favour of lots of wedding preparation.

    What was strange was that the husband & wife team of Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks actually produce this movie. Rita Wilson, saw the play and recommended that her husband produce a movie version. In an interview with the German magazine "Cinema", Nia Vardalos mentioned, that she hung up when Hanks called, because she didn't believe it was really him.

    On the weekend of October 4-6, 2002, this film surpassed The Blair Witch Project as the highest-grossing independent film of all time, until March 2004, when it was surpassed by The Passion of the Christ. Also, in the fall of 2002 it surpassed Dances with Wolves as the highest grossing movie never to have hit number one at the box office.

    I wouldn't say this was a good date movie, as one other reviewer said - chances are, that you'd be so bored once the movie was over, you wouldn't want to do anything else. And the guy you took would probably be sound asleep. And do you really want to scare your date into thinking you have a massive family like that?

    I expected to like this movie, since it's a rom-com after all. However, it was just OK for me, to quote Randy Jackson (American Idol.) It was nothing special, and all these people who make a fuss over it? Get over it. ...more info
  • VERY IMPORTANT - WE KNOW IT'S LONG, BUT PLEASE, EVERYONE, READ THIS, WHETHER YOU THINK YOU ARE FOR THIS MOVIE OR AGAINST IT
    If you have not already heard what I'm going to say in this review, then I promise you that what I will say will REALLY SURPRISE you, whether you are for this movie or against it. I think the subject is very important, and I took it very seriously, and put a lot of time and effort into it, so I ask you kindly to please read my review all the way to the end, even if you think you don't agree. I apologize for the length of the review, but you will understand why I made it so by the time you get to the end. I promise you, that at the end, you will at least agree that it's a unique review and was worth your time to read. I represent The Council of Greek Americans, a group of Greek professionals from North America. Many of our members were born and raised in Greece. We are concerned about the image of the Greek people, and that's why we take very seriously this movie and any other things in the culture that claim to represent Greeks.

    Our (the Council's) main point here is this: if you haven't heard already, this movie, though it does have some good elements, is actually NOT TRUE. And we mean REALLY NOT TRUE. And it's not what the public relations machine of the movie said; such as "it's just a parody" or "it just exaggerates stereotypes" and "sometimes we should make fun of the Greeks, just like we make fun of all different nationalities". Actually we have no problem with making fun of the Greeks sometimes. But this movie is not that; this movie is actually REALLY NOT TRUE. You can make fun of nationalities, but it has to be basically true at least! This movie is like making fun of Germans for making pizza, or making fun of Italians for making weinerschnitzel - it's just plain not true. It's like, some things in the movie ARE actually funny, or touching, or moving, etc. - we admit that - you see we're really trying to be objective. But that's if it were true though, which it's not!

    And are you ready for another surprise? Greeks have actually been misrepresented in many parts of the society and culture, for a LONG TIME now. Thus the Greeks have a major problem right now. So why does the general public not know about this? Put very simply, there has just been no big effort to tell them about it. We believe firmly that the public is not that morally bad; they're not consciously trying to be unfair to the Greeks; there are just certain issues, such as this one, that they JUST DON'T KNOW ABOUT.

    And the misrepresentation of the Greeks causes major misunderstandings about even the most basic traits of the Greeks; Greeks don't act like what a certain part of the general public seems to think they do, they don't look like that, they don't have that culture, they don't have that history, even the climate of their home country is misrepresented somewhat, etc. And recently the misrepresentation has GOTTEN MUCH WORSE - much more false. Such as this movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. What My Big Fat G W and that Australian "Wogsploitation" stuff portrays, is so false that it's not Greek at all - it's Italian. By the way, no offense against Italians. We actually think that Italians are somewhat misrepresented too. But if those extreme Italian stereotypes are not even true of the Italians, they sure aren't true of the Greeks - no one ever used to look at the Greeks that way, until My Big Fat GW came out. People, both the Greeks and the Italians have been in America since the later 1800's - for 130 years - and the Greeks were never known as acting like that, for that whole long time. And the Italians on the other hand were known as acting like that. What are you saying, that the Greeks were acting like that for that whole time, but the Americans just weren't noticing them, but they did notice the Italians? Oh please. Believe me, if the Greeks were acting like that, the Americans would have noticed it - remember that America used to be more racist in the past. And also, Greeks don't even look like what they're portrayed to look like in MBFGW. Are you starting to see now what a strange situation this is? Look up the facts and history and see for yourself - to make a broad generalization, in the US in around 1870-1930, the Anglo-Saxons and other oldest Americans were at the top of the hierarchy; the Jewish people and the Italians suffered more prejudice; the Greeks, Poles, Hungarians, etc., suffered prejudice also, but to a lesser extent. What MBFGW portrays is actually the old Jewish and Italian stereotypes - the person supposedly has a big family, and they always stick together, and they won't let the person breathe, etc - those are NOT TRUE about the Greeks. And then, in the course of time, all these ethnic groups became more mainstream in America - but especially the Greeks did. They had a Vice-President of the country in the 1960's - Spiro Agnew - and almost a president in the 1980's - Michael Dukakis!

    But anyway, this movie...that's actually so funny...the Greeks were never portrayed or perceived that way before, in world history, and then, in 2002, this movie comes out and everyone just reacted like, of course it was true! We'll just swallow it, no problem! Lol! What we especially don't understand are the people over a certain age, who KNEW BETTER, who knew Greeks were never perceived to be like this before in history, yet who still allowed this movie to exist without protest, in 2002! That's just amazing. And many Greek Americans themselves kind of allowed this movie too - we admit that (again, you see how we try to be objective). That's one of the weirdest things out of all of it. What can we say? Even many Greek Americans themselves just don't know anything about their Greek heritage that means. This is actually a major problem - and not just in America; also, we think, in the whole English-speaking world.

    To start to fight against the wrong idea of the Greeks, learn the true facts and history - see for yourself. The best movie to watch is Eleni. After that, another interesting movie is The Truce; it has some flaws, but it is also good. Also, get the books: The Greek Americans, by Monos, and Whiteness of a Different Color (a complete history of the interaction of all the different ethnic groups in the English-speaking world). Learn from these movies and books, and then go on to learn from other sources, about the history and nature of the Greek people, and see for yourself if what we say about the Greeks in this review is true.

    Again - ALL the evidence supports what we are saying; notice how the movie only lasted a few months, and then, the bandwagon died down, and there has not been much follow-up in the past 8 years since it was released. And did you know that a group of prominent Greeks from California went to Hollywood when the movie was first released in 2002, and protested, and it was that protest that stopped the follow-up TV show My Big Fat Greek Life in early 2003? And did you know that Vardalos and them tried to take the movie to Greece itself in 2003, and then AGAIN in 2004, during the Athens Olympics, and it failed miserably, not once, but BOTH times! You think we're making this up, it's so strange. Again, we challenge you - research it yourself - ask people who are actually Greeks recently arrived from Greece. The situation is just amazing; anyone who knows the real truth about the Greeks, refers to this movie as "that big fat piece of garbage". Yet is STILL has not been officially denounced in the US and certain other parts of the world.

    Related to that, we at the Council say that all of us Greeks need to wake up and see that we are facing a huge problem right now, and we need to get together and do something about it. We will soon put on this review an email address to contact us. We welcome true debate on this subject (though we will not respond to hate mail and the like, and will report whoever sends such stuff to the proper Internet authorities). To the people who misrepresent the Greeks, we say: the more you keep it up, the more foolish you will look when we real Greeks take major steps to set the record strait. We know just what will have the most impact - we're either going to break the story to the news media, or we're going to make a big movie that will be seen by many people. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please tell other people what you've read here. ...more info
  • IT'S GREEK TO ME...
    This is a warmly funny, down to earth, one note comedy in which I was somewhat disappointed. The reality of it simply did not live up to its media hype. Still, I found this fairly formulaic, romantic comedy to be enjoyable, light-hearted fare to be taken at face value.

    The film centers around Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), who comes from a fiercely ethno-centric, clannish, Greek family whose Greekness is the end-all, be-all of their lives. Toula is an over thirty, plain Jane, who lives at home with her overly protective mother, Maria (Lainie Kazan), and father, Gus (Michael Constantine), as well as her brother, Nick (Louis Mandylor). She works in her family's coffee shop where she seems to be sleep-walking through life. One day a handsome man, Ian Miller (John Corbett), enters the coffee shop with a friend, and she is smitten. Shortly thereafter, Toula embarks on a life changing course.

    She takes college courses. She undergoes a complete physical makeover, from the way she dresses to the way she carries herself. She even changes jobs, working at her aunt's travel agency. There, she chances to see her dream man again. They meet. They date. They fall in love. She does all this behind her family's back, as Ian is not Greek. When her family finds out, all hell breaks loose, as her parents parade a host of Greek losers for Toula in hopes that she will not break with tradition.

    Needless to say, Toula and Ian stick together despite family opposition, hers and his. His family finds her family appalling. Her family finds his family strait-laced and humorless. Never the twain shall meet. Still, the marriage will go on, and Toula's family completely commandeers the wedding, as they will have it done no other way than their way, that is to say, the Greek way. There are many funny, priceless moments throughout the film. Gus, the father, is particularly funny with his belief that all words are of Greek origin and his belief that a spritz of Windex will cure anything. Maria, the mother, also has her zany moments.

    Nia Vardalos, who is Greek, wrote the script, and she is right on the money. Living in New York, I have had many Greek friends over the years, and many Greeks of the older generation are as ethno-centric as those portrayed in the movie. There was a ring of truth in many of the jokes that hit home. As an actress, however, she leaves a lot to be desired. I found her to be unappealing and somewhat wooden in the role of Toula.

    The film is an over-hyped, cute, one note comedy that will not prevail over time. The film was recently put to the test when it became a sit-com of the same name with the original movie cast, with the exception of John Corbett (who had his own series "Lucky"). Needless to say, the sit-com did not last out the season. One note comedies rarely do. Still, this film is worth a rental, as it will certainly provide some laughs....more info
  • Heart-warming blockbuster
    Toula (Nia Vardalos), a thirtysomething Greek American spinster with a very involved extended family, falls in love with Ian (John Corbett), a handsome WASPy high school teacher. This straightforward film tells the story of their courtship and the clash of cultures that ensues when her horrified parents learn that she does not intend to settle down with a nice Greek boy. To its credit, Vardalos's screenplay doesn't go in for any contrived "boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl" nonsense. Toula and Ian are clearly in love and I never doubted that they would get married. The central tension of the film is how-not whether-her family will come to terms with it. This film boasts a terrific cast of character actors who get a chance to shine in major roles, particularly Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan as Toula's parents./...more info
  • VERY IMPORTANT - WE KNOW IT'S LONG, BUT PLEASE, EVERYONE, READ THIS, WHETHER YOU THINK YOU ARE FOR THIS MOVIE OR AGAINST IT
    If you have not already heard what I'm going to say in this review, then I promise you that what I will say will REALLY SURPRISE you, whether you are for this movie or against it. I think the subject is very important, and I took it very seriously, and put a lot of time and effort into it, so I ask you kindly to please read my review all the way to the end, even if you think you don't agree. I apologize for the length of the review, but you will understand why I made it so by the time you get to the end. I promise you, that at the end, you will at least agree that it's a unique review and was worth your time to read. I represent The Council of Greek Americans, a group of Greek professionals from North America. Many of our members were born and raised in Greece. We are concerned about the image of the Greek people, and that's why we take very seriously this movie and any other things in the culture that claim to represent Greeks.

    Our (the Council's) main point here is this: if you haven't heard already, this movie, though it does have some good elements, is actually NOT TRUE. And we mean REALLY NOT TRUE. And it's not what the public relations machine of the movie said; such as "it's just a parody" or "it just exaggerates stereotypes" and "sometimes we should make fun of the Greeks, just like we make fun of all different nationalities". Actually we have no problem with making fun of the Greeks sometimes. But this movie is not that; this movie is actually REALLY NOT TRUE. You can make fun of nationalities, but it has to be basically true at least! This movie is like making fun of Germans for making pizza, or making fun of Italians for making weinerschnitzel - it's just plain not true. It's like, some things in the movie ARE actually funny, or touching, or moving, etc. - we admit that - you see we're really trying to be objective. But that's if it were true though, which it's not!

    And are you ready for another surprise? Greeks have actually been misrepresented in many parts of the society and culture, for a LONG TIME now. Thus the Greeks have a major problem right now. So why does the general public not know about this? Put very simply, there has just been no big effort to tell them about it. We believe firmly that the public is not that morally bad; they're not consciously trying to be unfair to the Greeks; there are just certain issues, such as this one, that they JUST DON'T KNOW ABOUT.

    And the misrepresentation of the Greeks causes major misunderstandings about even the most basic traits of the Greeks; Greeks don't act like what a certain part of the general public seems to think they do, they don't look like that, they don't have that culture, they don't have that history, even the climate of their home country is misrepresented somewhat, etc. And recently the misrepresentation has GOTTEN MUCH WORSE - much more false. Such as this movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. What My Big Fat G W and that Australian "Wogsploitation" stuff portrays, is so false that it's not Greek at all - it's Italian. By the way, no offense against Italians. We actually think that Italians are somewhat misrepresented too. But if those extreme Italian stereotypes are not even true of the Italians, they sure aren't true of the Greeks - no one ever used to look at the Greeks that way, until My Big Fat GW came out. People, both the Greeks and the Italians have been in America since the later 1800's - for 130 years - and the Greeks were never known as acting like that, for that whole long time. And the Italians on the other hand were known as acting like that. What are you saying, that the Greeks were acting like that for that whole time, but the Americans just weren't noticing them, but they did notice the Italians? Oh please. Believe me, if the Greeks were acting like that, the Americans would have noticed it - remember that America used to be more racist in the past. And also, Greeks don't even look like what they're portrayed to look like in MBFGW. Are you starting to see now what a strange situation this is? Look up the facts and history and see for yourself - to make a broad generalization, in the US in around 1870-1930, the Anglo-Saxons and other oldest Americans were at the top of the hierarchy; the Jewish people and the Italians suffered more prejudice; the Greeks, Poles, Hungarians, etc., suffered prejudice also, but to a lesser extent. What MBFGW portrays is actually the old Jewish and Italian stereotypes - the person supposedly has a big family, and they always stick together, and they won't let the person breathe, etc - those are NOT TRUE about the Greeks. And then, in the course of time, all these ethnic groups became more mainstream in America - but especially the Greeks did. They had a Vice-President of the country in the 1960's - Spiro Agnew - and almost a president in the 1980's - Michael Dukakis!

    But anyway, this movie...that's actually so funny...the Greeks were never portrayed or perceived that way before, in world history, and then, in 2002, this movie comes out and everyone just reacted like, of course it was true! We'll just swallow it, no problem! Lol! What we especially don't understand are the people over a certain age, who KNEW BETTER, who knew Greeks were never perceived to be like this before in history, yet who still allowed this movie to exist without protest, in 2002! That's just amazing. And many Greek Americans themselves kind of allowed this movie too - we admit that (again, you see how we try to be objective). That's one of the weirdest things out of all of it. What can we say? Even many Greek Americans themselves just don't know anything about their Greek heritage that means. This is actually a major problem - and not just in America; also, we think, in the whole English-speaking world.

    To start to fight against the wrong idea of the Greeks, learn the true facts and history - see for yourself. The best movie to watch is Eleni. After that, another interesting movie is The Truce; it has some flaws, but it is also good. Also, get the books: The Greek Americans, by Monos, and Whiteness of a Different Color (a complete history of the interaction of all the different ethnic groups in the English-speaking world). Learn from these movies and books, and then go on to learn from other sources, about the history and nature of the Greek people, and see for yourself if what we say about the Greeks in this review is true.

    Again - ALL the evidence supports what we are saying; notice how the movie only lasted a few months, and then, the bandwagon died down, and there has not been much follow-up in the past 8 years since it was released. And did you know that a group of prominent Greeks from California went to Hollywood when the movie was first released in 2002, and protested, and it was that protest that stopped the follow-up TV show My Big Fat Greek Life in early 2003? And did you know that Vardalos and them tried to take the movie to Greece itself in 2003, and then AGAIN in 2004, during the Athens Olympics, and it failed miserably, not once, but BOTH times! You think we're making this up, it's so strange. Again, we challenge you - research it yourself - ask people who are actually Greeks recently arrived from Greece. The situation is just amazing; anyone who knows the real truth about the Greeks, refers to this movie as "that big fat piece of garbage". Yet is STILL has not been officially denounced in the US and certain other parts of the world.

    Related to that, we at the Council say that all of us Greeks need to wake up and see that we are facing a huge problem right now, and we need to get together and do something about it. We will soon put on this review an email address to contact us. We welcome true debate on this subject (though we will not respond to hate mail and the like, and will report whoever sends such stuff to the proper Internet authorities). To the people who misrepresent the Greeks, we say: the more you keep it up, the more foolish you will look when we real Greeks take major steps to set the record strait. We know just what will have the most impact - we're either going to break the story to the news media, or we're going to make a big movie that will be seen by many people. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please tell other people what you've read here. ...more info
  • What do people see in this?
    This is just boring. I didn't laugh once in the whole movie, maybe smiled a feel times but that's it!

    The script is average and the acting slow, emotionless and totally uncompelling. The plot was a good idea, just a shame that the movie turned out to be a total waste of time. What people see in this I really do not know....more info
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    I'm not known as a person who sits around watching romantic comedies. There's a reason for that. But I've shown this one to half a dozen classes and it hasn't grown stale. Witty dialogue, comic bits that work, and a fairly rapid pace that acknowledges we've seen this story before. The author didn't dumb it down, and the result is so universally appealing that I can show it to Chinese students and watch their shoulders shake with laughter. I can also see some weepies, which is always funny. Get this one and watch it when you want to relax. ...more info