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This page was last updated December 26th 2002
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TITLE : My Big Fat Greek Wedding
DIRECTOR : Joel Zwick
STARRING : Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor
* Love is here to stay... so is her family.
* Get Ready For The Biggest Wedding Of The Year!
* When Toula met Ian, she found her man... and he found her family!
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Viewed from afar, as an uninvolved spectator, the trials and tribulations brought on by a “mixed marriage” can seem a little baffling. Two people meet, fall in love and want to get married - so why should it matter if they don’t come from the same ethnic/religious/cultural or whatever background? Plenty - as far as Toula Portokalos’s family is concerned - especially Papa Portokalos, Gus (Michael Constantine).

Toula (Nia Vardalos), if you haven’t guessed, is Greek and, as she tells us at the beginning of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this means she is supposed to marry a nice Greek boy, have nice Greek babies and then feed everybody. The End. Optional extras may include living in a house that pays tribute to classical Greek architecture - minus what it was that made classical Greek architecture great.

Toula works as a waitress (she prefers “seating hostess”) in the family restaurant, “Dancing Zorba’s” where one day she goes into a mild stupor when she spies Ian Miller (John Corbett), the kind of guy Toula dreams about but doubts she will ever know. Unlike most of the aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members who descend upon the family en masse, Toula wants to do something new with her life rather than what is expected of her, so she enrols in a computer course which leads to a job at a travel agency owned by her Aunt Vola (Andrea Martin). This radical departure from convention is made possible for Toula only through the intervention of her mother, Maria (Lainie Kazan), who knows that the only way to get Gus to agree is to make him think the idea is his.

Before setting out to enjoy her slice of independence, Toula smartens up her appearance, but it is to the film’s credit that hers is not an unconvincing ugly- duckling-into-swan transformation - just one that is enough to attract Ian’s attention when he happens to walk past the agency. Toula and Ian re-meet (although he does not realise who she is at first) start dating and fall in love. When the family finds out courtesy of loudmouth cousin, Nikki (Australian actress, Gia Carides), the news hits Gus hard. (Even a quick spray of Windex, which he believes cures everything, can’t fix this heartbreak for him.) When Ian asks Toula to marry him, it’s like the end of the world - even though Ian, who takes Toula’s family and their ways in his stride - converts to their religion.

Then it’s Toula’s turn to meet the parents, Hayley and Rodney (Fiona Reid and Bruce Gray) whose WASP-ish ways are a world away from the loud, life- embracing Portokalos’. And when Hayley and Rodney are invited to Toula’s home, for them it’s like a trip into the Twilight Zone. Even an endless supply of ouzo fails to remove the look of horror from their faces. After this encounter, Gus is more convinced than ever that this marriage is just not going to work. But it’s amazing what a big, boisterous and joyful Greek wedding can do to change things around.

The film, based on actress, Vardalos’ play, does not necessarily follow all the narrative conventions you might expect. There is a good feeling here - one that is not unsettled by any sudden, albeit improbable, change for dramatic purposes. For that reason alone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is well worth adding to your social calendar.
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"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Tony's Comments:
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was the sleeper hit comedy of 2002. Made for a measly $5 million the film went on to gross over $217 million at the US box office alone. The film, produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, was developed from an autobiographical stage play written by the film's star Nia Vardalos. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” got the “Two Thumbs Up!” from Ebert and Roeper, Rolling Stone called it “Heartfelt and Hilarious”, while the New York Post described it as “A delectable sugary concoction”. Whatever the description maybe, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a feel-good comedy that crosses cultural boundaries and can be enjoyed by the entire family. It's charm, wit and originality makes it one of the best loved-movies of 2002. Due to film's enormous popularity a spin-off TV series is on the cards for 2003.
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Feel-good sleeper sensation stars Nia Vardalos (who also adapted her one-woman play) as a Chicago-based woman who works at parents Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan's Greek restaurant, but longs for romance and a life for herself. After taking computer classes, she gets a job at her aunt's travel agency, where she meets personable teacher John Corbett. The two fall in love, but in order for things to go further, he must come under her family's scrutiny. With Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone, Gia Carides. 95 min.

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