Joel Zwick (Director)
Nia Vardalos (Toula Portokalos)
John Corbett (Ian Miller)
Lainie Kazan (Maria Portokalos)
Michael Constantine (Gus Portokalos)
Gia Carides (Nikki)
Louis Mandylor (Nick Portokalos)
Joey Fatone (Angelo)
Big Fat Greek Wedding" is based on an original play written and
starring the lead actress of the film Nia Vardalos. The
resulting film, which Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are
producers, is a very entertaining romantic comedy which brings
together two lovers from totally different backgrounds and the
resulting comedy of errors and cultural clashes which constantly
puts their relationship in jeopardy.
movie first introduces us to Toula who is a thirtish unmarried woman
who works as a hostess in her family's restaurant. We quickly
find out that she is part of a huge Greek family with uncles, aunts
and cousins everywhere. Her whole life is centered around her
family and being Greek. Her father, played by the marvelous
Michael Constantine, preaches to everyone how everything in the
world can be traced back to Greece or to the Greek language.
Of course, this leads him to believe that the only man worthy of
marriage to Toula is a respected Greek man. Toula eventually
takes the brave step of trying to live her own life and takes a job
at her aunt's travel agency where she soon meets the charming Ian
Miller who is not Greek. They soon fall in love, much to the
chagrin of their respective families, and the rest of the movie
centers on Toula and Ian trying to convince her family (especially
her father) that they are in love and that they can be together even
though Ian is not at all Greek.
What I especially like about this film is it's refreshing
storytelling of a romantic comedy. Instead of using the tired
old formula of the in-love couples eventually breaking up and being
depressed, only to come back together at the end of the film, this
movie takes us on a joyous, happy funny ride from beginning to end.
Sure, this film isn't making deep social messages and the characters
don't have dark, mysterious secrets, but it is a most entertaining
and touching film. And having lived in Greece for three years,
I found myself connecting to all the Greek customs and mannerisms
reflected in the film.
the characters in this movie are fun to watch, even some of Toula's
loud and obnoxious relatives. Corbett and Vardalos connect as
a romantic pair and both are most charming and likeable. While
much of the comedy is predictable and somewhat lightweight, the
romance between this couple is what holds the movie together and
makes us laugh and feel for them. Also, Michael Constantine is
marvelous as Toula's overbearing Greek father. He only wants
the best for his daughter but has a hard time accepting that she
might actually want something different.
Many romantic comedies are fairly lame in my opinion but this one
held my interest throughout and made me laugh quite a bit. I
certainly recommend this film for those wanting to see an engaging,
funny romantic comedy with witty dialogue and good characters.
( 3 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
3 out of 4 pops )
This ain't the
greatest film ever, so I'm not gonna patronize it. But it is a
good film. A good film that was made on a shoestring budget and I
can't help but say I'm glad it's the sleeper hit of the year. And
I'm a supporter of low-budget/indie films in general, so it's good to
see one of them succeed against all these big-budget blockbusters.
The cast is composed of unknowns and relative unknowns, and they're all
terrific. Nia Vardalos, the star who also wrote the screenplay, is
not the conventional Hollywood beauty, though she is attractive.
But it's always reassuring to see a romantic lead who doesn't appear
like she's ripped off the pages of "Vogue." The actor
who plays the Greek father is absolutely hysterical and provides the
film's funniest moments. I assume he's an actual Greek. If
not, he did a damn good job at steeping himself into the character.
Prior to watching the movie, I knew very little about Greek culture and
it was interesting to learn about their unique little customs and
traditions. There are a few dull moments and some of the gags are
either too broad or simply go nowhere (the bad dinner date montage).
But it's a harmless, feel-good comedy with a good deal of laughs
and no moments of extreme saccharine. The characters and
performances are perfectly credible, so you never feel manipulated.
So grab your date, grab some popcorn, grab some sodas and grab a ticket
for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." You'll have a very good
Pappy ( 2 out of 4 pops )
big fat waste of time.
Well, not totally.
Yeah, it is way better than such Hollywood factory movies like
Steve Martinís "Father of the Bride" and it had some good
laughs, but I really think this is one of those films that gets good
reviews simply because it was a low budget and better than expected.
The film is slow, somewhat uneven, many of the jokes are
repetitive, and the story is very thin.
By the way, the wedding is really only the last 15 minutes or so.
James ( 4 out of 4 pops )
movie has been playing in my area for 30+ weeks so I think it's
about time I get around
to seeing it! I enjoyed every minute of it, and no
I understand how a movie can be in theaters longer than "Lord
of the Rings",
of the Clones",
"Titanic", and "Harry
There's so many
laugh-out-loud funny parts in this movie, I think I missed a few
because I was laughing so
hard! If you have put off seeing this movie like
I did, then you absolutely must see this movie!