My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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My BFGW was a documentary about my sisters wedding. Yes she married a Xeno and (a wonderful Xeno he is.) I never saw Vardalos's one woman show but must say the critics who trashed the film have no clue about how important Greek culture is to us (especially in this day and age). We were a one culture lobbying group because that was us on that screen (some of us more than others). If you don't believe me go to one of our church's Greek festivals. People immerse themselves in our culture because we are quirky like Vardalos and her extended family and we make excellent Baklava. Buy this video for your favorite valentine (it will last longer than roses). Now that the holidays are approaching, lamb anyone?

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Wow. This is an amazing movie. It's funny, clean, it's a chick-flick that even a guy like me (and most NORMAL guys) can love! Nia is HOT and funny and this film is one you'll want to own. I cannot wait to see it again. If you are skeptical, remember, the movie opened in a few small theatres in May and due to word of mouth it became the highest grossing independent film of all time (stripping "The Blair Witch Project" of the title) and as of the end of November was consistently in the top six box office champs every week. It is a funny, beautifuly well made movie you are sure to enjoy! Make sure you RSVP to Big Fat Greek Wedding!!!

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by Lambo on 11/26/2002

My BFGW was a documentary about my sisters wedding. Yes she married a Xeno and (a wonderful Xeno he is.) I never saw Vardalos's one woman show but must say the critics who trashed the film have no clue about how important Greek culture is to us (especially in this day and age). We were a one culture lobbying group because that was us on that screen (some of us more than others). If you don't believe me go to one of our church's Greek festivals. People immerse themselves in our culture because we are quirky like Vardalos and her extended family and we make excellent Baklava. Buy this video for your favorite valentine (it will last longer than roses). Now that the holidays are approaching, lamb anyone? Read More

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The wedding event of the year!

by Dave on 12/7/2002

Wow. This is an amazing movie. It's funny, clean, it's a chick-flick that even a guy like me (and most NORMAL guys) can love! Nia is HOT and funny and this film is one you'll want to own. I cannot wait to see it again. If you are skeptical, remember, the movie opened in a few small theatres in May and due to word of mouth it became the highest grossing independent film of all time (stripping "The Blair Witch Project" of the title) and as of the end of November was consistently in the top six box office champs every week. It is a funny, beautifuly well made movie you are sure to enjoy! Make sure you RSVP to Big Fat Greek Wedding!!! Read More

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Product Overview

When toul portokalos decides to change her life for the better, she starts by getting a new wardrobe, and ends up getting married! But can the quiet daughter in a loud greek family meet and marry the all-american man of her ddream without breaking a few plates.

Specifications

Studio HBO
SKU 40206161
UPC 026359199325
UPC 14 00026359199325
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Weddings
Editors Note
Note Toula Portakalos (Nia Vardalos) feels trapped in her large Greek family, where women are expected to do only three things: "marry Greek men, have Greek babies, and feed everyone until the day they die." Rebelling against this fate, Toula quits the family restaurant, goes to college, fixes her hair, and falls in love with Ian (John Corbett), a guy who is way-too-good-to-be-true, and not Greek. This horrifies Toula's Greek culture-crazed father (Michael Constantine) and sets off a major culture clash between her loud, eccentric family (whose activities include roasting whole lambs on the front-yard barbecue spit) and Ian's subdued, overcivilized Anglo-Saxon parents.| |Based on Vardalos' own autobiographical one-woman play, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is that rare romantic comedy that has the courage to trust its simple, human story and not resort to overwrought Hollywood sentimentality and phony glamour (all the characters in the film look and act like real people). It's also filled with big, fat, crowd-pleasing laughs, making it a wedding most worth attending. Co-produced by Tom Hanks, the movie is set in Chicago, but was filmed in Toronto. The spirited cast includes Lainie Kazan and Andrea Martin (of SCTV fame) as Toula's mom and aunt.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper..." 05/09/2002 p.80
Box Office "...The film offers some sweet and silly moments....Heartwarming..." 05/01/2002 p.57
Hollywood Reporter "...Agreeable....It has a good-natured personality..." 04/17/2002 p.38-43
Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] warm-hearted slice of life..." 07/28/2002 p.5
Total Film "...Engaging and perky....An enjoyable prattle of the sexes..." 10/01/2002 p.131
Entertainment Weekly "...[Vardalos] is worth all the fuss..." 02/14/2003
Directors
Joel Zwick
Actors
Nia Vardalos
Cast & Crew
Alexander Janko - Musical Score
Gregory Keen - Production Designer
Jeff Jur - Cinematographer
Joel Zwick - Director
Joey Fatone - Actor
John Corbett - Actor
Kaylee Vieira - Actor
Mia Goldman - Editor
Michael Constantine - Actor
Nia Vardalos - Actor
Nia Vardalos - Writer
Paul Brooks - Executive Producer
Tom Hanks - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 91993
UPC 00026359199325
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Greek, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
Awards
Oscar (2003) Nia Vardalos, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Independent Spirit (2003) Nia Vardalos, Winner, Best Debut Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource Slate
Review There is a long and honorable tradition of broad intermarriage comedies (from the Romans to Abie's I
ReviewDate
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Reviewer David Edelstein
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Vardalos,Nia
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up!
The New York Daily News A gleeful comedy.
Good Morning America This isn't a feel good movie, it's a feel great movie.
USA Today A great story, full of life, laughter and zest.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle Not only the best date movie of the year, it's also a -- dare I say it twice -- delightfully charming -- and totally American, I might add -- slice of comedic bliss.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...a buoyant comedy...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper.

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