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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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Coming Out at 19 April 2002 in theaters

Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is independent romantic comedy film directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos, who also stars in the film as Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos, a middle class Greek American woman who falls in love with non-Greek upper middle class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Ian Miller. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and, at the 75th Academy Awards, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

A sleeper hit, the film became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, and grossed $241.4 million in North America, despite never reaching number one at the box office during its release. It was the highest-grossing film to accomplish this feat for 14 years until the animated film Sing grossed $268 million in 2016.

Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos is her family’s black sheep. Her staunchly proud Greek immigrant parents, Gus and Maria, have raised their daughters to follow their cultural traditions of marriage and motherhood. Her older sister Athena met her family’s expectations by marrying young to another Greek and becoming, in Toula’s words, “a Greek baby-breeding machine”.

Director: Joel Zwick

Writer: Nia Vardalos

Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Louis Mandylor

Cast:

Nia VardalosToula Portokalos
Michael ConstantineGus Portokalos
Christina EleusiniotisToula Portokalos – Age 6
Kaylee VieiraSchoolgirl
John KalangisGreek Teacher
Lainie KazanMaria Portokalos
Marita ZouravlioffToula Portokalos – Age 12
Sarah OsmanAthena Portokalos – Age 15
Petra WildgooseCar Pool Friend
Melissa ToddCar Pool Friend
Bess MeislerYiayia
Andrea MartinAunt Voula
Louis MandylorNick Portokalos
Gerry MendicinoUncle Taki
Stavroula LogothettisAthena
Constantine TsapralisFoti
Gia CaridesCousin Nikki
Joey FatoneAngelo
John CorbettIan Miller
Ian GomezMike
Jayne EastwoodMrs. White
Frank FalconeSuitor
Eugene MartelSuitor
Joe PersechiniSuitor
Peter XynnisSuitor
Fiona ReidHarriet Miller
Bruce GrayRodney Miller
Anthony KandiotisPriest
Nick KutsukosBouzouki Player
Peter TharosYianni
Chrissy ParaskevopoulosCousin Jennie
Maria VacratsisAunt Freida
Kathryn HaggisCousin Marianthi
Gale GarnettAunt Lexy
Charlene BitzasAunt Nota
Chris SavidesGreek Chanter
Constantine VardalosGreek Chanter
Scott KhouriWaiter
John TsifliklisWedding Singer
Peter ChalkiopoulosWedding Band Member
Peter GogosWedding Band Member
Spiro MilankouWedding Band Member
Victor PolitisWedding Band Member
Jim RouvasWedding Band Member
Arielle SugarmanParis Miller
Matthew GallifordWaiter at Wedding Reception
Thomas KaneDimo
Konstantine KureliasWaiter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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