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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

According to Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine), his daughter Toula (Nia Vardalos) has a serious problem. She is 30 years old and still not married. But he is still unsatisfied when she takes a romantic interest in Ian Miller (John Corbett), because of his non-Greek ancestry. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+ 4.0
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 95
Theater Release: 02 Aug 2002
Video Release: 12 Nov 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) believes Greek women have three jobs: Marry a Greek man, have Greek babies, and cook Greek food until the day they die.

With this attitude, it's no surprise his daughter Toula (Nia Vardalos) is 30 years old and still waiting tables in the family's restaurant (which serves Greek cuisine of course). Toula would love to get married, but her frumpy features reflect her feelings of worthlessness. Then one day, Ian Miller (John Corbett), a new customer shows up. Suddenly Toula has a reason to change her life.

Convincing her father to let her go back to school and upgrade her education, she decides to try a little harder with her appearance as well. After honing her computer skills, she lands a job in her aunt's travel agency (which specializes in Greek destinations) where she happens to meet Ian again - only this time he sees a woman with new self-confidence. Over the upcoming weeks, their romance quickly blooms, but one problem remains - Ian isn't Greek.

As if planning a wedding isn't hard enough, now the couple has to convince Toula's relations to accept her decision and cope with only-child Ian's parents' inability to socialize with three-dozen or so boisterous Greeks.

This movie is so naturally funny and engaging, it's difficult to remember you're watching on-screen performances. Toula's huge family is a strange lovable bunch of people you feel you already know. And, being an only child myself and having married into a large family of another religion, I can relate with the awkwardness and comedy as the "dry-as-toast" Miller's try to integrate with the gushy Portokalos.

Unfortunately, this perfect family movie is slightly marred by two non-explicit scenes of sexual relations prior to marriage. Parents may also be concerned by some mild profanities, frequent depictions of passionate kissing, and the interfaith relationship.

Yet, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is still a great tribute to marriage, working together as a family, and learning to love others in spite of differences. Originally a limited release, this film (like Ian) has slowly gained acceptance and is on its way to become one of the biggest movies of 2002.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is rated PG: for sensuality and language.

Director: Joel Zwick
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
Studio: 2002 IFC Films / Warner Home Video
Website: Official site for My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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