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Year: 2001
USA: IFC Films
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Joey Fatone, Bruce Gray, Frank Falcone, Ian Gomez, Andrea Martin, Bess Meisler, Gerry Mendicino, Sarah Osman, Fiona Reid
Director: Joel Zwick
Country: USA
USA & UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: PG for sensuality and language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 19 April 2002 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 20 September 2002


Everyone in the Portokalos family worries about Toula (Nia Vardalos). Still unmarried at 30, she works at Dancing Zorba's, the Greek restaurant owned by her parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan) and smells like garlic bread. Toula haas reached a crisis point in her life and can't bear the thought of having to work in the restaurant for the rest of her life. Toula is ready for a change, but unfortunately the rest of her family is not.

After taking a job at her aunt's travel agency, she falls in love with Ian Miller (John Corbett), a high school teacher who is tall, handsome and definitely not Greek. Toula isn't sure which will be more upsetting to her old-fashioned father, that Ian is a Xeno (foreigner) or that he's a vegetarian. But none of it matters once he asks her to marry him. Toula knows that if he can pass muster with her crazy relatives and get baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church...their big fat Greek wedding, including one powder blue limousine, two ice sculptures and ten bridesmaids in turquoise dresses, will be a piece of cake, five layers high with a plastic staircase and a fountain of champagne.

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