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Plot: A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 02 Aug 2002
You're Invited to Join in the Celebration! (by jhclues)
This film is a celebration of life steeped in tradition, family, love and just the joy of living; and it invites you to come in and participate in that celebration, rather than leaving you on the outside looking in, as it were, merely as an observer. A film that seemingly welcomes and passionately embraces all that is good and worthwhile in the world, `My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' directed by Joel Zwick, will make you laugh and make you cry, but most importantly, it will make you `feel.' It's one of those rare cinematic experiences that afterwards makes the sky seem bluer, your step <more>
a bit lighter and a smile easier to come by; and when a film can do all of that, you know you've come across a bona fide treasure that you're going to hang onto for a long, long time in your memory. Toula Portokalos Nia Vardalos is thirty years old, lives with her parents in Chicago and works in the family restaurant, `Dancing Zorbas.' Every facet of her life is imbued with all things `Greek,' and by proclamation long since issued by her father, Gus Michael Constantine , Toula is bound by all that is `holy' read: `Greek' to marry a Greek, live a Greek life and bear many Greek children. For her to even think of doing otherwise would be unfathomable, unthinkable, unimaginable and, well...'UN-Greek.' So it becomes something of a conundrum for Toula when she meets and becomes interested in a man named Ian Miller John Corbett , a guy who is decidedly NOT Greek in any way, shape or form. But he asks her out, and one thing leads to another and then another, but before Toula will allow things to get seriously out of hand, meaning `serious,' she knows she must run up the flag, take a deep breath and tell her father. And for Toula, it just may be the hardest thing she's ever had to do in her life. Ian, meanwhile, is about to experience culture shock, as he is about to be confronted by a family that includes, for example, twenty-seven first cousins, something Ian isn't quite used to; after all, he has `two' of his own, and they live in another state. The screenplay was written by star Nia Vardalos, adapted from her own one-woman show, and it fell into capable hands when she turned it over to director Joel Zwick, who picks up the rhythms and the `sense' of the story without missing a beat. Falling into step with his star, Zwick crafts and delivers a film that is totally immersed in the zest and zeal of living. Under his astute tutelage, the viewer becomes a part of Toula's life, sharing that grand heritage of which Gus is so proud. He brings the story and the characters to life with detail and nuance, and in such a way that your senses will kick into full throttle. The images he creates are so vivid, and it's such an engaging presentation, that the vitality he generates is almost tangible, and you can smell the lamb and all of those Greek delicacies cooking in the kitchen. And Zwick sets it all in motion by establishing a pace that will sweep you along with the story; a carousel ride that will keep you involved and smiling all the way to the end.Nia Vardalos certainly captures the essence of all that is `Greek' with her story, and with her affecting performance as Toula. This is a young woman you get attached to very quickly; there's something of Benny, from `Circle of Friends' about her, as well as Muriel, from `Muriel's Wedding.' It's a character your heart goes out to immediately, one to whom you wish all good things will come. There is an introspection to her portrayal that contrasts effectively with her vigorously outgoing environment, and it makes her presence all the more dominating and singular. And it's actually in the reserve Vardalos exhibits in her character that the viewer finds the way inside to Toula's deepest longings and emotions. Without question, this is a complex individual, in whom we find not only the strength necessary to maintain autonomy which she manages to do within the greater structure of her family , but vulnerability born of the respect she demonstrates toward her father, her family and the traditions they so lovingly serve. It is this very complexity, in fact, that elicits the necessary empathy of the audience, enabling that vital connection between the viewer and Toula. And Nia Vardalos IS Toula, from the ground up and from the inside out. Moreover, one would be hard put to discern any distinction whatsoever between the actor and her character, as her performance is entirely natural and genuine. As Toula's mother, Maria, Lainie Kazan is a delight. The character she creates is totally credible, and she's just a joy to watch. And the same can be said of Andrea Martin's performance as Aunt Voula. This is a VERY Greek woman who is boisterous, overtly self-assured, opinionated and dominant; and she will win you over in an instant. It is Maria and Voula that add some real spice to the film, and when you add in Gia Carides who plays Nikki to the mix, you've got a Greek feast fit for the gods. Of all the actors in this wonderful cast, however, the one who absolutely steals `My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' is Michael Constantine, who has the role of his career in Gus, and without question, makes the most of it. From his overabundance of Greek pride to his many and varied personal peccadilloes like his ever-present bottle of Windex, which he is convinced can cure everything from a minor scrape to the common cold , he simply gives the performance of a lifetime; and if there is any justice in the whole `Greek' world, Constantine-- and this film-- will be duly remembered at Oscar time. It's the magic of the movies. 10/10.
A Greek "All in the Family" Great fun! (by STRANDMAN)
If you're of Greek descent like me, then you'll appreciate and relate to the very funny but exaggerated tendencies and idiosyncrasies of the Greek Portokalos family. Nia Vardalos plays the bride-to-be. John Corbett the groom-to-be. She's Greek, he's not. That's where the fun begins as Michael Constantine her father is not happy her daughter is marrying a "stranger" a non-Greek . Constantine shines as he portrays a very protective, caring, loving father. The movie was superbly cast. The movie is of light fare, great for the entire family. Can't help to think <more>
that this would have made a great TV series. Sort of a Greek "All in the family". I understand a sequel is already planned titled "My Big Fat Greek Baby". If you're Greek, go and laugh at my family, your family, our family. If you're not, go and just laugh at us. Great fun!
My Big Fat Greek Experience With This Film! (by mycatslyone)
Ahhhh! The Greek life! They were the 1st peoples to do ANYthing & EVERYthing, as 'Toula's father would have you believe. Her big fat Greek family is a hoot! And her gorgeous brother, Nick is a true Greek treat for the eyes!!! This is the story of 2 very different cultures trying to accept & make their way together in life. It works for 'Toula & her non-Greek man. He's been looking for someone different to settle down with because all the other women he's dated seem like clones of themselves. They're just blonde & pretty. But 'Toula is NOT blonde <more>
& NOT pretty when we 1st see her. She has mousy brown hair, hides her voluptuous read: NOT skinny shape under mousy clothes, wears glasses too big for her face & has no motivation in life UNTIL she spies her future sitting in her family's restaurant where she works her life away and she pours him some coffee. Once she gets her parents to let her go to night school & run her aunt's travel agency, she becomes a swan seemingly overnight & Ian doesn't know what hit him when he meets up with her again at the agency! This film is funny! Even if you're Italian, you will see the similarities in the families! Big, loud, dark & ethnic! Lanie Kazan is a wonderful ethnic mother of WHATEVER kind! She's so believable! Michael Constantine from Room 222 fame is the old world dad who's stressing his daughters' life & wedding. See this with the family, WHATEVER kind of family you have! It's a good clean laugh!"Put some windex on it!"
Such a nice and entertaining movie (by kurdishcinema)
This is a such a nice and entertaining movie. As in David & Layla directed by Jalal Jonroy, My big fat Greek Wedding too celebrates the love and cultural differences. Love, humanism, comedy, romance all are in that great film. My Big Fat Greek Weddeing brings people from different background closer and shows how important to accept the 'other' as other in order to be just happy! Being a migrant poses different problems and the individuals some times have to defy their original traditions and cultures to be able to love or be happy. In particular Greeks are very keen on and proud <more>
of their traditions and cultures rightfully . I like the films which provide some insight and understanding of different cultures, or of individuals inner world. In this term My Big Fat Greeek Wedding does the job. That is why it is a very captivating film along with being funny enough to make you laugh even after you left the movie theater. I also recommend Mansoon Wedding, Bend It Like Beckham and David & Layla for the movie lovers. devrim kilic editor of www.kurdishcinema.org
Love is here to stay... so is her family. (by Lady_Targaryen)
One of the best comedies I already watched,'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' shows us a little bit of the Greek tradition in the north American environment. Toula Portokalos,daughter of two Greek immigrants,always had problems with popularity and friends,since she is so different from the regular blonde American girls. Besides, her traditional Greek family don't let her have many opportunities besides the ones that are about the Greek tradition. One day,Toula sees in her family's restaurant the beautiful and charming teacher Ian Miller, who she become very attracted to. Decided to <more>
change the rules of the traditional things in her house, she starts going to the university and working,until she finally meets Ian. They fall in love with each other, but the problem now, is Toula's family,specially her parents, to accept a non-Greek as son-in-law.**spoiler** PS: I agree with Toula in the end, when she says that thanks for the fact she is a different girl , she could make Ian pay attention to her. It's so much better to be different and unique, than similar to everybody else.
Hilarious romantic culture clash, with empathetic heroine (by roghache)
An absolutely hilarious comedy, Grand Romance meets culture clash. My teenage son's friend last name Papadopoulos has a Greek born & reared father and a real wonderful little old Greek grandmother back in the Old Country. This particular Greek background family loved the movie, so it must ring true.Of course the story revolves around a shy 30 year old woman named Toula, trapped in her job at her Greek family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's. She emerges from her shell to obtain a college diploma and start a new career as a travel agent. However, she really blossoms when she <more>
falls in love with a very unsuitable according to her father non-Greek WASP teacher named Ian. The story chronicles the culture clash as Toula must persuade her very traditional, opinionated father to accept Ian, and also introduce poor Ian to the Greek traditions and all her Big Fat Greek Family.Toula's blooming is remarkable great actress in the role and the very heart of the story. Many other women, including myself, will surely identify, having undergone somewhat of a lesser transformation themselves upon finding a man who appreciates them. Also, most everyone can relate to the unwelcome task of introducing the fiancé to some of the more 'challenging' kin we all have...the lazy, the crazy, or sometimes, even the downright nasty. As the saying goes, you can't choose your relatives...My favorite character is Toula's father, Gus. He makes this movie with his hilarious Windex obsession, his insistence that things be done HIS way. I often quote myself the famous head & neck comment regarding authority in marital relations! The best scene, in my opinion, is the 'performance' of the family ladies, who must attempt to convince Gus that it is HIS idea for Toula to work in her aunt's travel agency.Plenty of uproarious scenes though...the Greek pillars and statues of the family home, the BBQ spit on the front lawn, Aunt Voula's reaction to Ian's vegetarianism, the party held to introduce Ian's colorless & restrained parents to all the Greek kin the bundt cake! , the brothers' teasing of Ian, the bantering barbs between the sister and her husband. Characters ALL amazingly well drawn. I love Aunt Voula!Wonderful Greek music! Made me feel like heading straight to the Mount Olympus Travel Agency myself and booking the first flight to Athens.My sole complaint is the baptism issue. Obviously, Ian's conversion to the Greek Orthodox Church held no religious significance for him, being done simply to appease his future Greek in-laws not a great message . Even worse though the screenwriters may have intended no malice , the kiddie pool. My husband is Roman Catholic, I'm Baptist, and I think you'll find most genuine Christians Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant take baptism pretty seriously. Call me a fanatic, but I doubt I was the only viewer offended, and the writers could surely have found other material for their humor.That being said, it's a wonderful movie otherwise, and the closing scene priceless. Grab the popcorn and get ready for all the Big Fat Greek Fun.
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' is a lovely film. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It is not an extremely good film but it just doesn't go wrong anywhere. The story is simple. Toula, played by Nia Vardalos, is 30 years old and still single. Her family is Greek so she must marry a Greek. Unfortunately for her family she falls in love with Ian Miller John Corbett , definitely not a Greek. He falls in love with her too and so the only thing in the way is family.The people in the movie are all nice people in their own way. Although Toula doesn't like her family is Greek in <more>
every single way, and is too proud of it, she does love her family.'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' is a very enjoyable film, with a lot of funny moments. You know everything will turn out good so it will make you feel better as well.
A simple story about a girl in love. (by vertigo_14)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very simple, funny romance story that would probably be most appreciated by female audiences. Nia Vardalos the film's writer and star is Toula Portokalos, a quiet young woman from a zany Greek family. As she explains in the great flashback introduction, all her life she has been brought up to be strictly Greek. But, the same upbringing also contains some traditional absuridites that she can't understand, although her parent's wish that she would adhere to. Toula's upbringing has only allowed her to look forward to one thing at this point in her <more>
life: get married to a nice Greek boy and have lots of babies. This is not something Toula wants to here, and eventually, she gains the courage to break out of her introverted shield and gradually change herself into a bold, lovely woman. She stops working at her family's resturaunts and starts taking computer classes at the local college, which lead her not only to a better appreciation for herself, but leads to a job at her aunt's travel agency where she meets Ian Miller Jon Corbet , and that is where our story begins.Toula and Ian are in love, really very much so. But, this troubles Toula's mother and father, with her father Michael Constantine being more strict in traditional Greek upbringing than her mother Lanie Kazan , when Ian proposes to Toula. For Toula's father, it is bad enough that she quit the family business to go to school and everything. But it is simply out of the question for him that she marry a non-Greek. So, Toula is torn between the two. This is a movie very much in the spirit of films like Bend it Like Beckham and somewhat like the Joy Luck Club in addressing roles of tradition in future generations of immigrants and the possibility and reason for preservation of such traditions.Of course the film is a very simple movie, a simple love story, but a funny one nonetheless. We see the contrast between Toula's Greek upbringing, and Ian's very quiet, conservative family. Everyone was fantastic in this film, especially Lainie Kazan as Toula's mom, Michael Constantine as her father, and the wonderfully hilarious Andrea Martin as Toula's Aunt Voula.I don't know the reason for so many negative reviews for this movie. I would say it was probably the best movie I saw in 2002, and one that I have seen many times since just because it a lovely little and funny story about a girl in love.
This was a very pleasant surprise. Frankly, I was avoiding it because I thought it was going to be too tacky for my taste. It turned out that I needed some of the Windex, the father of the bride uses for everything, to clear my eyes and enjoy the film.Nia Vardalos has written from the heart this story of a crazy Greek family with all the stereotypes in it for us to savor and enjoy what has come out under the firm direction of Joel Zwick. Not only is Ms. Vardalos talented as an actress, but she can write quite a story, star in her own tale, and bring together this cast of loonies and make us <more>
believe we are inside these folks' home. Michael Constantine and Lanie Kazan are the parents of the bride and they preside this crazy household in Chicago. Nia Vardalos is the "ugly duckling" we see at the beginning of the film and she wins John Corbett's heart and disarms him completely. He got her family in the bargain and he's stuck in it for better of for worse. Andrea Martin is very effective as the pushy aunt.All in all, it should be seen for the fun of it. This is a funny film, very well paced and acted. Please pass the Windex!!