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My Big Fat Greek Wedding [DVD] [2002]

Nia Vardalos , John Corbett , Joel Zwick    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
  • Directors: Joel Zwick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LA7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is an unmarried thirty-year-old who lives in Chicago and works in her father's Greek restaurant. When she meets and falls for high school teacher Ian Miller (John Corbett), a quick makeover and some careful manoeuvring is all it takes for the pair to start dating. But Toula's parents, Gus and Maria, are shocked to discover that Ian isn't Greek and begin putting obstacles in the couple's path.

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Actors: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Director: Joel Zwick
Manufacturer: Eiv

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This film got great ratings for a film that suprisingly didn't cost that much. How they they kept the costs that low is hard to believe when you see the amount of food on the sets. I took my Greek Cypriot Mother to the Pictures to see this film (The last time she went was 1970), and she found it absolutely hilarious as did I and my sister. The Greek Father in the film is absolute class, he had me in stitches for the whole film. A definate must see although you will find that people with a Mediteranean background of friends from that part of the world will find it funnier as they will definately know people in their every day lives that will resemble some of the characters. Great film, well worth watching. The type of film that you could watch again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me a word, any word... 22 July 2005
Toula (Nia Vardalos) is a thirty something, single American Greek girl, and, in the eyes of her family, rapidly becoming over the hill. She herself is bored with her monotonous life, with nothing to do other than work as a waitress in her family's restaurant. One day a man walks into her restaurant and Tula's life is about to change forever. The instant attraction she feels seems to somehow give her the push she needs to climb out of her rut, and she promptly enrols on a college course, learns how to use make up and dress well and, best of all, gets a new job in her Aunts travel agency.
It is while she is working there that the stranger, Ian, reappears in her life. What follows is a heart-warming tale of two people falling in love whilst trying to overcome their differing ethnic backgrounds. Tula's family are determined she should marry a 'nice Greek boy' whilst Ian's, (John Corbett), family are very uptight, middle class and horrified by Tula's outgoing, lively, loud and, above all, large family.
The show stealer is Michael Constantine as Mr Portokalos, who believes everyone secretly wants to be Greek and whose favourite occupation is to tell people the origins of words ...of course, in his eyes they all stem from the Greek language, even kimono! His other favourite pastime is using Windex cleaner for everything from cleaning to treating wounds, and recommending the same to anyone who will listen. Constantine plays this role with real humour but also pathos.
The downside of the DVD is the complete lack of extras; it doesn't even have subtitles, which is very annoying when you're hard of hearing. That apart, this is a very funny, yet touching film, that is suitable for all the family to watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Big Fat Greek Wedding: AMAZING! 13 Feb 2006
By A Customer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a charming film about a less than perfect, everyday women(called Toula Portokalos played by Nia Vardalos) who is surrounded by the new youth and mordern city of Chicargo, America. But her VERY Greek family try to hide her away from it quoted in the film by toulas father costas " there are two types of people in this world, Greeks and everybody else who wishes they were Greek!" Toula falls in love with an non-greek. strictly off limits in the world of the portokalos family! As well as being a romantic film its also a very funny comedy! usualy picking out all the outragous antics of the greek youngsters.Its a happyily ever after film ...or is it? i only wish there was a sequal!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Trapped in a mundane life and still controlled by her parents, - a domineering mother (Lainie Kazan) and a father who believes every word in the English language has its roots in Greek (Michael Constantine) - thirty year old Toula Portokolos (Nia Vardalos) is looking for a way out. Though her father would like her to settle down, marry a Greek man, and cook for a thousand relatives for the rest of her life, Toula wants something different. After embarking on a computer course at her local community college, Toula swaps the confines of her parents’ restaurant, “Dancing Zorba’s” for the slightly less confined space of her aunt’s travel agency. Whilst working there she sets eyes on Ian Miller, (John Corbett) a high school teacher who, whilst being the perfect match for Toula, isn’t exactly the perfect match for her family. For one thing, he’s not Greek. For another, he’s a vegetarian.
After Toula and Ian announce their plans to wed, much hilarity ensues - the majority of which is inevitably centred on the culture clash between Ian’s country club parents and Toula’s legions of Greek relatives - and a sympathetic viewer will wonder just how much more Ian can put himself through, especially by the time he’s baptised in order to be able to take full part in a Greek Orthodox wedding.
This film isn’t anything that you won’t have seen before. Families have been embarrassing their cinematic offspring for years. But it’s all done with an exceptional amount of charm and humour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just the Greeks 10 Aug 2007
A delightful romantic comedy based on culture clashes. Toula's huge sprawling noisy Greek family are initially aghast that she has fallen for a "xeno", the ultra-Anglo Ian. Ian's family are probably just as aghast but are too uptight to get emotional. Will their relationship overcome the obstacles so that they can get maried and live happily ever after? Of course it will. But there are lots of laughs on the way, and not just at Greek family life and culture. Fun is poked in many directions and never maliciously.
I watched this film with a group of friends from a Middle Eastern country far from Greece, some of whom were almost hysterical with laughter at the way they were spotting their own relatives, and their own attitudes, in Toula's Greek kin. Culture transcends nationality. This isn't just a movie about Greeks and WASPs in Chicago, it's about human beings. And it's very enjoyable.
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