My Big Fat Greek Wedding (DVD, 2003, Widescreen & Full Frame)

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  Mfr: HBO Home Video   Model: 91993
  FRYS.com #3518664   UPC: 026359199325
(Manufacturer # 91993 ) Plot
    One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn't interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business -- a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's -- she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad's misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect -- he's tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula -- except for two little things: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula's family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian's upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There's also the matter of the wedding, which Toula's mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez (Vardalos' real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Movie Type
    Comedy
Movie Level Themes
    Interracial/Cross-Cultural Romance, Wedding Bells, Eccentric Families, Mothers and Daughters, Culture Clash, Fathers and Daughters
Movie Level Tones
    Goofy, Heartwarming, Gentle, Sweet

DVD Features

  • Audio commentaries by stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick
  • Both widescreen and full-frame versions on sigle-sided disc
  • Cast biographies
Awards
  • 2002--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Nia Vardalos-Nominee
  • 2002--Writers Guild of America, Nia Vardalos-Nominee
  • 2002--Independent Spirit Awards, Nia Vardalos-Winner
AMG Rating

    Review

      My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a modest, likeable comedy, would have been less effective if it had been put through the Hollywood system. Nia Vardalos's script has enough Hollywood convention in it that having a newcomer in the lead automatically brings to it a freshness that a romantic comedy superstar like Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock would have had a difficult time mustering. There is no cynicism in the film, which may make it difficult for some viewers to take. Vardalos and the rest of the performers seem genuinely amused by the clichéd scenarios and the familiar bits of comedic business they are given to play. They either find new ways to make the material work, or simply radiate goodwill toward each other and the audience to such an extent that the audience reciprocates. Maintaining a charming ease for its entire ninety-five minute running time, Vardalos and her cast desire nothing but the commendable goal of entertaining their audience. This is an unabashedly warm and friendly film that was seemingly made for all the right reasons. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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    Specifications

    Version Details

    Rating:
    PG
     Sexual Situations, Adult Language
    Format DVD
    Length 95
    Category DVD-Blu-Ray-Movies-TV
    Release Date: 2/11/2003
    Genre General Family,  General Comedies
    Studio Hbo Home Video
    Languages/Sound Eng
    Screen Formats Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
    Subtitle Languages Eng/Fre/Spa
    Additional Features Audio commentaries by stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick Both widescreen and full-frame versions on sigle-sided disc Cast biographies
    Chapters Side #1 --
    1. Growing Up Greek [7:37]
    2. Nothing Ever Changes [5:12]
    3. Your Own Private Greek Statue [2:49]
    4. Head Vs. Neck [3:28]
    5. Something Different [4:27]
    6. A Window Of Opporutnity [5:18]
    7. Romantic Interludes [8:19]
    8. The Family Knows! [7:47]
    9. Will You Marry Me? [3:06]
    10. Becoming Greek [4:23]
    11. Meet the Family [5:10]
    12. Whose Wedding is This? [6:30]
    13. A Quiet Dinner [8:08]
    14. What Really Matters [3:36]
    15. Morning Madness [3:54]
    16. First Steps [5:10]
    17. The Wedding Reception [9:50]

    Reviews (78)

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I haven't laughed out loud that hard in a theatre in a long time! Excellent movie!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Best movie that I have been to for many of years. The critics need to promote more movies like this one. It appears that the critics have been promoted to being brain dead for not even reviewing this movie when it forst came out.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      If you are looking for a movie to entertain you, make you feel good when it is over and make you stomp you feet as you laugh, this is the movie to see. I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD. This will be a movie our family will watch over and over again for years to come. You catch something each time you see it that you hadn't caught previously. Go, get popcorn, soda and enjoy it.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      wow!!! a very good movie i must say... although this seems like a copy of ''east is east...''

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is the best movie I have seen and I go to alot of Movies each year and by far this is the best movie I've seen in the year 2002-2003 It is worth the money and gas to go see this movie.Don't be one of the VERY few who haven't seen this movie. You'll regret missing this Fantastic movie

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie was incredible! I laughed my butt off the whole way through, all 19 times I saw it in theater!!! It was hysterical!!!!!!! Everyone in my family is buying the DVD!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      When I first heard about the movie I didn't think it would be that great...but I have seen it in theaters 3 times now and could still go back to see it....I can't wait until it come out on DVD...I will defintly have my own copy!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I saw this movie the first time with my husband and there was a guy in front of us laughing so hard we thought he was going to have a heart attack. We were laughing as hard. This was the funniest movie I have ever seen. I saw it a second time with a friend and I laughed just as hard the second time. She loved it too. Everyone should see this at least once! I am so happy it's available on DVD now, so I can watch it over and over!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is the best movie I've seen in many years. Sometimes, movies hit close to home..this definately did...however, you don't need to be Greek to enjoy it. I've seen it 5 times in the theater - and never get sick of it. I've taken all my ''non-Greek'' friends to see it - and they left the theater laughing hysterically. I recommend you see this movie if you haven't already.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I loved this movie. I laughed so hard, many of the people reminded me of my own sisters. I loved the fact that there wasn't any violence and the language wasn't too bad, although to me it could still have left out some of the words that were used. I bought the DVD from Barnes and Noble, can't wait to get it. If you have not seen this movie, buy it, you won't be disappointed. We all need to laugh, helps to lower your BP.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie is hilarious! I, too, saw it before it was ''all the rage'' and told everyone I know to go see it. Though it is a romantic comedy about a wedding, it is NOT A CHICK FLICK. Everyone and their brother should watch this one.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      There aren't many movies that can make me laught out loud. I can only count a few on my hand in all my 30 years of living. For that matter, there isn't much these days that can make me laugh outloud. Except the book, The Little Guide To Happiness. That book was hilarious and I didn't even expect it to be because it was a self help book. At any rate, I digress. I highly recommend this movie. After all, Laughter is the best medicine.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This had to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. I laughed from the minute it started until the end. I saw it when it first came out and before it was rated as one of the top 5 movies. I liked it so much, I saw it ''twice,'' and I enjoyed it even more the second time.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      My daughter and son-in-law watched this movie at a movie preview. They urged us to go and watch it, but we waited. When we did watch it we were pleasingly surprised. It is a funny, entertaining feel good about love movie. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We have been patiently waiting for this movie to come out in video. We will ad it to our video library.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Honestly, the best movie that I can think of that I have seen in the last 15 years. What a great heartwarming and absolutely hilarious movie. STRONGLY recommend this movie... and own it too! Great for last minute laughs

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      My friend and I saw this movie before all the buzz came about; since we love independent type films. I took my daughters back and then my mother. They all loved it and recommended it to someone else. Everyone has known someone that has had their wedding taken over by the family and all that can result from it. I laughed from the beginning until the very end. I hope the series is as good as the movie.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is the BEST romantic comedy EVER! It will make you laugh, cry, and laugh!! It is casted perfectly and it's BIG FAT FUN!! Everyone will enjoy this movie!!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      I enjoyed it very much. It was funny and very touching at some points. I recommend it to many of my friends and people who never seen it because it is funny and if you are the type to laugh at anything this one movie makes sense to laugh about and relate to most characters.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      If you had the privilege of growing up in any sort of European ethnicity, you will truly be able to identify with this. It brings back memories of when your grandmother meets one of your friends for the first time and she yells, ''Hello, honey...come and eat!'' Also, the part where the groom was taught to say certain Greek phrases so he could impress his future mother-in-law was hilarious. My grandfather actually did that to my poor mother (teaching her Hungarian no-nos)--much to my grandmother's chagrin! This movie is like a visit to Grandma's on Christmas Eve! What a riot!!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is the best movie I have ever seen in my whole life!!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This was a really funny movie. I enjoyed watching it. It was interesting.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I'm not sure what that one person is saying when they call this a flop! This movie is fabulous and my husband and I laughed hysterically through the entire movie. Of course there are some bittersweet moments, but the movie is wonderful!! I highly recommend this!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      My Big Fat Greek Wedding is honestly the most recommended movie I've ever seen in my life. It's filled with the right humor at the right time. When I went to see a the theater I asked an employee- ''How long has this movie been out for''? She said ''EIGHT months''! I haven't heard of a movie that ran longer than that. If you have well lets hear about it.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      ITS A GREAT MOVIE FOR ALL AGES REMEMBER ABOUT THE WINDEX WELL IT ACTUALLY WORKS IVE SEEN IT 5 TIMES AND I STILL WANT TO SEE IT CANT WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT ON VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie was one of the best movies I have seen yet! Nia Vardalos played an awesome Toula Portocalis, but what was Joey Fatone doing in there? Well, this movie never lost its charm, even after seeing it 4 times already. The same joke keeps working time and time again. I promise you that you will NOT REGRET buying or renting this movie. It's a timeless classic, and not just to Greeks. Overall, an awesome movie, and I highly recommend it!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is without a doubt the funniest movie ever, and I am a big comedy buff.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie was the best I have seen in some time. Never have I been in a theater with so much laughter!!! Everyone was talking and laughing about the movie as we were exiting the theater. It certainly put everyone in a great mood! I am going to see it again tonight! Great acting by all!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      If ever we needed a ''feel good'' movie for Americans to forget our country's troubles, leave it to the wondeful characters in My Big Fat Greek Wedding to see us through. It is by far the best comedy ever -- thank you Nia and cast members for adding laughter to the seriousness of the world. I sincerely hope the tv series does as well. I'm definitely adding this to my DVD collection.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie was fantastic!! I'm buying it as soon as it comes out. Everyone who has a big family should understand what Toula went through, and why it is so funny, and yet so true to life.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I've heard it called a ''chick flick'' and nothing could be further from the truth. This is everybody's flick! It has been a long time since I've laughed so hard.