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

      This movie is perfect off you like romantic comedies. I am glad to see that others have enjoyed it, but I can see how some might not like it. There's little sex, no profanity, adultery, violence, or horror. It's a great PG romantic comedy that reminds me of some of the great old romances with the great comedy of today.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie is SO funny! I loved it so much! The characters were really believable and they had such funny personalities. I laughed harder than I ever have. I must have laughed at least 100 times because this movie was SO hillarious! Each character had his or her own personality that was nothing like that of any other character. I loved the characters of the dad (w/ his Windex gag) and Aunt Voula (You don't eat no meat? That's all right...I'll make lamb). This was by far the best movie ever! Everyone should see it. The plot was a bit predictable, but that made it fun. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      If you are from a big family or you've ever been around one, you'll love this movie. If you are neither one, this movie will make you wish you were. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's touching and it's FUNNY. The last time I saw a movie that was this good was Fried Green Tomatoes. This is your mother speaking. Go. Laugh. Enjoy. It's good for you.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      What a wonderful movie! It warms the heart with a pleasant storyline and makes the viewer roll over laughing at the hilarious, yet clean, humor of the movie! GREAT MOVIE!!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      We live near Tarpon Springs, FL - a true Greek community - and found this film hilarious and loving at the same time - all generations loved it and it's fun to watch a movie together and not feel ''awkward'' at any time.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      From the beginning to the end, this film exhibited behide the back spoof of the most hilarious minupulation of one shy individual and a guy who fell into a relationship, with the Greek family for support!!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      2.0 / 5.0

      I have no idea why people thought this movie was so funny. It had its moments, but they were few and far between. At the end I thought, ''This is it?'' It wasn't the non-stop funny movie that everbody said it was. Rent it don't buy it, or wait till it comes out on HBO.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      excellent screenplay and very good actors. Held my attention all the way through. Nice to be able to watch a movie and not be offended by language or nudity. I laughed out loud over and over.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      The movie's biggest achievement was to show how funny some cultural characteristics might be to another culture. Since I am Greek it was like I was watching my life on the screen! I could not stop laughing. It has been years since I heard so many people laughing constantly and so loud at the cinema during the whole time.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      The best comedy I've seen in years. A delightful cultural tale that will make you laugh and cry all in one sitting. A must have for any DVD library! Best of all, its safe for the family!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      1. Michael Constantino should have gotten second billing. 2. Really enjoyed the scene of the three ladies striding down the sidewalk (Maria, Toula, Thia Vola) with purpose - I think the reference was it from NEVER ON SUNDAY of the striding of the three 'Keries tis Niktas' down the street with a different purpose. Wrong? 3. Am I mistaken but in the map of Ellas in Costa's office was Turkey scratched out? (I'm a semi-Ellenetha too)

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      We enjoyed the DVD immensely.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      I¿m at a loss to explain why ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ got the Oscar nod for best screenplay. It¿s the story of an ugly duckling, Toula Portocalas (Nia Vardalos) who (stop me if you've heard this one before) turns into a beautiful swan by the end. This transformation is made possible by the love and respect of Toula¿s floppy-eared fiancée cum groom, Ian Miller (John Corbett). Though both of Toula¿s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan), are initially opposed to the marriage they eventually they warm up to the idea that their daughter loves a Catholic. Written by Vardalos, who clearly thought this was some sort of homage to her middle European heritage, the plot is excessively burdened with middle-European clichés that get overplayed, tapping into the bias that all Greeks are warm-hearted simpletons and all outsiders are clearly cold fish. Perhaps a more fitting title would have been, 'My Big Fat Greek Stereotype'. Really, there are maybe four instances in the entire film where I found myself genuinely smiling. The rest of the jokes fall somewhere between middle of the road and 'oh God, I can't believe they did that!' Clearly, this was a movie written for and marketed to a very specific audience, and in so far as that goes, ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ hit its target right on the money and all the way through to a failed television spin off and lucrative Hollywood career for its star. Never has so little originality been stretched such a long, long way. But this is not a great comedy or even a mediocre one. It's just big and fat. At least there's some redemption to be found in the widescreen transfer. Anamorphically enhanced, colors are rich, bold and well balanced. Contrast levels are admirably presented with a remarkable amount of fine detail present, while blacks are both solid and deep. Edge enhancement is present but is kept to a bare minimum. Pixelization and shimmering crop up now and then, but here too, they are nothing to quibble about. The audio is 5.1 and nicely presented.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This is one movie that is so simple but very adorable for people have mind of wisdom, love and compassion especially for family welfare in their past and future. It is not as funny as other movie with nonsense comedic scenes, although it is entertaining in which we can see through of how hilarious and tedious for some ones preparing a wedding. No matter if it is Greek, Italian, American, and Asian; if it is going to be a combination of species or same kind… it is all about family supporting a family. Also it clearly defines that woman power is absolute character in creating another generation to generation (Grandma, Mama, and Toula.). That woman is always behind man’s success. It is also a show that embracing another world is not bad thing to do, other custom, other culture; no matter what kind of religion it is, it is the good belief we stand for, and the good deed we can do for ourselves and for our love ones. American family was not being introduced to some part of the world as a big supporting strong church going family, but they are. It mention that immigrants in United States always have the opportunity to change their lives to a better direction where they come from, although there is always few old generation that has their mind of themselves who suffered because of evolution, but in the end it is always for love and dreamt come true of happiness for the child. It shows that education is still number 1 for every person to adapt the changes of environment. The male parents play a little bit down to earth which not a lot of parents do especially when it comes to cross culture marrying. They would always have to pitch in something like the other family do. Somehow it shows a conservative-well educated American family in the movie which is good and normally, good heart family marries good heart family. Thank you for making the film.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      1.0 / 5.0

      This movie sucks. It really does not even make sense. I'm an american and weddings should not be a big deal. Why, because I'm fat.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      It's hard to find romantic comedies that are enjoyable and don't have depressing endings. It seems too many movies are going for that "realistic" feel, and so they don't have happy endings. Well, I don't mean to spoil it for you, but there's a good ending to this movie. Some things may seem a little cliche, and they's becuause they probably are. But if it is, it's definately one of the best cliche movies you'll ever see. It's cute, romantic, and it's the kind of movie you buy because you know you will watch it more than just one time. I also like it, because kind of like Spanglish, it shows how people with different ethnic backgrounds learn to compromise their traditional culture with modern American culture. I also really like Toula's character - it shows how confidence goes a long way in making you look and feel beautiful. Ian is such a nice guy, you can't help but like his character. Watch this movie!!

    • JudeyR
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This DVD was on my daughter-in-law2B's Christmas list & I looked everywhere to find it. No one had it. I was able to find it here and at a great price!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      After seeing the TV series you can really appreciate Joel Zwick. A one joke movie paced and not over done vs the horrible and short lived TV series. Zwick undertands comedy. He should receive more credit.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      this comedy is outstandingly funny. i must admit, after i saw it, i couldn't stop laughing. yaya, is so funny, especially when she keeps going on the neighbor's yard. this movie is so fun-packed, and it's a famliy movie for everyone. trust me, YOU WILL LAUGH!

    • Anonymous
      11 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      The best romantic comedy!

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      1.0 / 5.0

      This movie rots. Plain and simple. This cliched and stupid film (which could have easily been My Big Fat Italian Wedding, Jewish Wedding, et al, just as easily) was a success for one simple reason: America is filled with dowdy, obese women who believe that there is a John Corbett out there who likes them no matter what. It makes the milkshake go down a lot easier. Corbett has made a career of playing annoying ''sensitive males'' in acute pain causing roles in Northern Exposure and Sex and the City. But that is the beauty of capitalism. I hated this movie and I am a ham and egger who can pretty much sit through anything. I assume this is what natural childbirth would be like.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      Toula and her family are imigrants to America.Although they live in America,their English is not so good and sometimse they make mistakes when they speak English. For them, English is a foriegn language, so they can't speak fluently like native speakers and pronounce easy words. That's why this movie is good for EFL students. It is not so difficult for EFL student to understand their conversations. If you look for funny,happy, warm-hearted movies, this movie doesn't disappoint you. It is not only ridiculous but also touching. You can feel warmth, you can understand culture and customs of Greece

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      This movie is good for EFL students because it has so many incorrect sentences. For example, when we say ''She doesn't know it'', they say ''She don't know it''. This is a very simple mistake, and we can find this kind of mistakes everywhere in the movie. It's good for EFL students to check the incorrect sentences and correct them. Therefore I suggest EFL students watch this movie. This movie is certainly good for studying English, but we can enjoy it just as an entertainment. If you can't hear English very well, you can enjoy it because of its funny actions, and sounds of language. And the most important point is that we can learn about Greek culture which we hardly have an opportunity to learn about.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      1.0 / 5.0

      I can't believe I wasted my time watching it! I would have given it no stars except for the fact that it made me laugh once. All good actors, just in the wrong movie. Do yourself a favor, never EVER watch it or at least tie one on before you do. It might be funny then.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      1.0 / 5.0

      I didn't laugh as hard as I hoped. In fact, I had to force a few laughs just so I could justify why I bought the movie. I don't know what the big hype was all about. Sure, it had good acting, but I just expected to bust out laughing and never did. I do wish I saw this in the movie theater, I would have saved half the money I spent on the DVD.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      I give this film 3 stars not because I loved it, but because it was well acted and directed. I do not, however, see why it is such a big hit. Like he says, a person really has to suspend disbelief to enjoy this movie. It is also an extremely hackneyed theme that everyone has seen before. I do not mind fantasy, but I prefer it in the realms of science fiction and horror. This is one of the most unbelievable ''based on a true story'' films I have ever seen. I accidentally ''lost'' my girlfriend's copy after she begged me to watch it.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I saw this movie a total of 4 times in a very small theater near my house, before it made it to the Big screen. I laughed so hard my jaws hurt. From the very beginning, I already predicted that it was becoming ''A Big-Hit'' and told everybody I know about it. I even took my friends to see it.I am so happy it become such a phenomenon. The first day the dvd came out, my husband and children bought it for me right away. I have to admit that watching it on TV we could not get all the fun as watching it on the big screen, but we still cracked up over the little cute jokes. The characters were excellently casted. Movies like this one definitely pick up our moods on the rainy days.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I loved the movie, the kind of humor I enjoy, not overacted like most films, it's the kindof movie you could watch over and over and never get sick of it.

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      toula , she is one pacitipation of traditional greek's family. she loved nongreek man and troubling between her family and lover. this movie makes me to think about my country's tradition thinking and i felt similarity between my father and her father. their thinking is very stubborn

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      i think this movie is really good for EFL students,because it will help us to understand more steadily English,and also help us to learn how to use steadily English in everyday life!i will give it 7 out 10,it is really funny !!so i hope those who wanna practice your English skills people watch this movie,it is really pretty good!