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My Big Fat Greek Wedding [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC MOVIE!!! Feb. 22 2004
Definitely an outstanding comedy and one of my personal favorites, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, brings to the screen the story of Toula Portokalos, a 30-year old Greek-American from Chicago, played superbly by Nia Vardalos. She falls in love with Ian, (played by John Corbett-and a wonderful performance it is) and that is when their problems begin as Ian goes through the culture shock that comes with marrying into a Greek family. All the actors, no exceptions, give it their 100% and it shows! Very well written, very well presented, the movie is without a doubt a major hit world wide! Needless to say people here in Greece are so proud over the success of the movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give me a word....any word. July 31 2006
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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's All Greek To Me! July 19 2004
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the Greek-American take on love, work, food, drink, school, language, religion, fashion and dating among other things. As the title suggests, it features a massive cast of relatives, half of which are called "Nick".
Toula (Nia Vardalos) is a 30 year old Greek-American waitress at her parents restaurant. Her folks want her married and with children. She is shy, a little ashamed of her family, and looking for something new in her life. She lands a job at a Greek-American run travel agent and meets Ian Miller (John Corbett), a handsome, long haired guy, and a non-Greek to boot. HE'S something new! Toula falls in love with him, secretly dates him, and eventually gets proposed to by him. A clash of cultures follows as the wedding draws near!
The love element is just the icing on the cake. What this film is really about is Greek-Americans and their way of life, which may often seem strange and silly to outsiders but really is close knit, fun loving and family centred. I have some Greek friends, and though living in Australia they're slightly different here, the attitudes, the values, the oddities and the relatives are pretty similar to those shown in the film. It's not that exaggerated or played up upon, as a lot of other Hollywood films often are.
If anything, maybe it's a little downplayed. My Greek friends are a lot louder and larger than life that this cast. A little more entertaining too, actually. Maybe because of this, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" it didn't really have a big impact on me. I'd seen all these cultural elements before, so it wasn't a novelty, and since I'm not a Greek immigrant myself (or a child of), it was harder to relate to. Still, that's just me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Overreach Feb. 12 2004
This movie is so fun and in many ways a real look at life from a Greek perspective. Funny Greek American interplay is throughout the movie. Yet anyone who is a second generation American will see the concern on the faces and in the actions of the Greek family for their daughter.
The movie is dark and drab at first, a little boring in fact, yet that sets the pace for the movie because you will see the before and after on our star.
As with many movies, the WASP family is portrayed as boring, rigid and cold. Too bad that the son does not speak up on the behalf of his family. Hey, they are descended from the American farmer, probably. They tamed this land.
However, from the Greek grandma (Ya Ya) to the insanity within the house among the children, it gives a good glimpse of Greek family life.
This is a fun, light hearted movie that has a few tugs at your heart in places. If you want a good laugh, a good time and a couple of tears, this is a movie for you. For the family too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun to watch! Very hard to duplicate as Nia has found out.
Published 1 month ago by George Dohn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
Always a great flick!
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good movie
Published 2 months ago by Marijade Vezina
5.0 out of 5 stars But this movie is funny. I wouldn't mind marrying a greek
Something to think about marriages of mixed cultures. But this movie is funny. I wouldn't mind marrying a greek...
Published 3 months ago by R. Maleki
5.0 out of 5 stars My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This is a feel good movie with some very funny moments in it. I can never see a bundt cake without smiling now. Service was excellent.
Published 6 months ago by Julie Gilbert
2.0 out of 5 stars Haven't gotten the video yet. It's April 5th so it's hard to review
Haven't gotten the video yet. It's April 5th so it's hard to review. So it's much less than 2 stars!
Published 6 months ago by William McMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Repeat Favourite
A lot of movies stay on the shelf but this isn't one of them... gets watched at least once a year... Windex has a whole new billing in our house!
Published 9 months ago by Alberto Cardarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to see this movie!
A great classic everyone needs to see. The goofy characters remind me of my own family. You can watch this movie over and over again and every time it is just as funny as the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies.
If you want a good laugh, watch this movie. Every one knows people who are just like tese people. What a great story!
Published 11 months ago by parrots
4.0 out of 5 stars Fat Greek Wedding
This a nice romatic tale with a nice ending. We liked this movie so much that we have watched it several times.
Published 14 months ago by Hani Mehrez
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