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
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      If laughter is the best medicine then this movie is percription strength. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud in the theatre. Now I can do it in my own home. I'm stoked.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I sat in the theater with my sister and cousin laughing sooo hard when we saw this movie. I thought it was going to be some cheesy cheap-theater movie but was quit shocked with how funny it was. I havent met a person yet who saw the movie and didnt think it was the greatest. Ive already seen it 9 times!!! Ill be the first in line to buy it!!!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Sweet and funny. Sweet and funny. Very Sweet. Very funny. GO SEE IT OR ORDER IT.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is a hilarious, but poignant and accurate account of a 30-ish Greek woman thrown into dating and eventual marriage by her father, who keeps telling her that she needs to get married, ''You look old.'' The siblings and cousins are trying to help-OH NO!!! Anyone with ANY European blood can identify with this movie. OPA!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      It's ''Everybody's family''. Funny, warm, touching, entertaining. You could watch this movie every night and still laugh, cry, want more.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is the best movie I've ever seen! My husband and I saw it one month after our wedding, and could relate in too many ways! My husband doesn't typically go for the ''romantic comedy'' genre, but he has recommended this movie to others! We both laughed out loud continuously throughout the entire movie. I cannot wait to own the DVD! We have already placed an order for it!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      It's one of the greatest movies I've ever seen not because of the performance or acting but because of its truth. I'm Ukrainian and I see my family in it. Some of my friends are Georgian and they see theirs families in their. Really, anybody from the eastern, southern or central Europe feels like it's movie about them.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This was a fantastic movie, but my favorite character is MICHAEL CONSTANTINE as the father, Gus Portokalos!! He was soooooo funny!!! I honestly think he should win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I wish I could give it more stars. This movie is the best of the best.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is just the best movie I have seen in a long time. It's memorable and relatable characters are just what a person from a crazy family needs to see that everyone hates their family. It made me laugh from beginning to end. If your not Greek (like me) don't think you won't relate to this comedy, because everyones family seems to have a little 'Greek' in them.

    • Anonymous
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years 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
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

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