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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Directed byJoel Zwick
Written byNia Vardalos
Produced by
CinematographyJeffrey Jur
Edited byMia Goldman
Music by
  • Chris Wilson
  • Alexander Janko
  • Gold Circle Films
  • HBO Films
  • MPH Entertainment
  • Playtone
Distributed by
  • IFC Films (United States)
  • Equinox Films (Canada)
Release dates
  • February 22, 2002 (2002-02-22) (AFM)
  • April 19, 2002 (2002-04-19) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
  • United States
  • Canada
Budget$5 million[1]
Box office$368.7 million[1]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 American-Canadian romantic comedy movie directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos. The movie stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin and Joey Fatone.

Plot[change | change source]

A 30-year old middle-class Greek American woman, who still lives with her family in Chicago, falls in love with an upper middle-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant man, and struggles to get her family and especially her father, who wants her to marry a Greek, to accept him, while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Nia Vardalos as Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos
  • John Corbett as Ian Miller, an English teacher
  • Lainie Kazan as Maria Portokalos, Toula's mother[2]
  • Michael Constantine as Costas "Gus" Portokalos, Toula's father[3]
  • Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula, Maria's sister
  • Louis Mandylor as Nikos "Nick" Portokalos, Toula's younger brother
  • Gerry Mendicino as Uncle Taki, Voula's husband
  • Joey Fatone as Cousin Angelo, Voula's son.
  • Gia Carides as Cousin Nikki, Voula's daughter
  • Bess Meisler as Yiayia, Toula's grandmother, who suffers from PTSD
  • Stavroula Logothettis as Athena Portokalos, Toula and Nick's older sister
  • Ian Gomez as Mike, Ian's best friend
  • Bruce Gray as Rodney Miller, Ian's father
  • Fiona Reid as Harriet Miller, Ian's mother
  • Jayne Eastwood as Mrs. White, a non-Greek neighbor
  • Kathryn Haggis as Cousin Marianthi
  • Peter Tharos as Yianni, Athena's husband
  • Maria Vacratsis as Theia Freida

Production[change | change source]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was shot in Toronto, Canada, which stands in for Chicago in the movie. The movie spawned a movie franchise, which inspired the 2003 sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life and the 2016 sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. A third movie, titled My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, was released in cinemas on September 8, 2023.[4]

Reception[change | change source]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was very successful at the box office; its budget was estimated at $5 million and the box office was $368.7 million.[1] The reviews of the movie by the movie critics and the audience were positive.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  2. Pfefferman, Naomi (April 11, 2003). "Lainie Kazan's 'Big Fat' Jewish Life". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  3. Kehr, Dave (April 19, 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 22, 2023. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  4. D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 17, 2023). "'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3' To Hit Theaters In Early Fall". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 24, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2023.

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