For 30-year-old Toula Portokalos, each day was as bland and beige as the cardigan sweater she wore to pour coffee at her father’s Greek restaurant until destiny, in the form of Ian Miller (John Corbett), walked into the diner. Summoning the courage to change the course of her life, Toula not only finds her calling at a new job, she also finds herself with the gentleman caller of her dreams, who soon asks her to say “I do.” The bride-to-be’s happiness only hampered by her relatives, who at first find themselves tied up in knots over the thought of their little girl tying the knot with a non-Greek, this comedic culture clash offers a heartwarming homage to family which earned both the distinction as the top-grossing romantic comedy of all time and the number seven spot on Lovetripper’s countdown of the best wedding movies of all time.
Lovetripper Reader Recommendations
This movie is a treat! It has something for everyone, comedy, romance, and drama. The characters are likable, the chemistry between the on-screen couple is delightful, and the plot will have to sympathizing and laughing along. You’ll feel Greek in no time! ;)– Amber
Just a good, funny old fashioned love story.– Eileen
Because it’s such an ugly duckling to swan story! And her family is SO funny! And he’s so cute!– Linda
I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding (written by and starring Nia Vardalos) because of the great jokes, the great male lead (John Corbett) and because it reminds me of Winnipeg, my hometown and also the hometown of Nia Vardalos.– Judith
A great family movie and I love the plot. I’m part Greek and this movie really touches home with some of the traditions etc. Love the movie!– Amy
I love how the movie can culturally relate to a lot of people. I can watch the movie over and over again and still laugh time and time again.– Hilda
It was hilarious and yet touching because of all the uproar and I have many Greek friends that assured me that that’s the normal Greek wedding. lol– Futuresfaith
It was good and what I loved is that in the end it was one big happy wedding.– Susan
This is the funniest movie I ever saw.– Frances
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse— While Toula’s recollections of Greek school may not necessarily be fond, the brick building in Old Town Toronto which served as the schoolhouse for the scene holds happy memories for the many couples who have exchanged vows in the Victorian era edifice.
Churches— The facade of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto has become a famous face thanks to its role as the exterior of the house of worship where Toula and Ian are pronounced husband and wife, while the murals that adorn the interior of Toronto’s St. Nicholas Ukranian Catholic Church provide a reverential backdrop for the cinematic bride and groom.
Ellas— Since 1967 couples have said “I do” and celebrated their new life together amid statues of the gods at Toronto’s oldest Greek restaurant, which starred as Aphrodite’s Palace, where newlyweds Toula and Ian joined hands with their families and danced during their wedding reception.
I had to go to Greek school, where I learned valuable lessons such as, “If Nick has one goat and Maria has nine, how soon will they marry?”
Nice Greek girls are supposed to do three things in life: marry Greek boys, make Greek babies, and feed everyone– until the day we die.
Toula: Why?… Why do you love me?
Ian: Because I came alive when I met you
Toula’s Mother: Toula, on my wedding night, my mother, she said to me, “Greek women, we may be lambs in the kitchen, but we are tigers in the bedroom.” Toula: Eww. Please let that be the end of your speech.
You know, the root of the word Miller is a Greek word. Miller come from the Greek word “milo,” which is mean “apple,” so there you go. As many of you know, our name– Portokalos, is come from the Greek word “portokali,” which mean “orange.” So, okay? Here tonight, we have, ah… apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit.
Nia Vardalos— Drawing from her own experiences to write My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this Canadian-born comedic actress was inspired by the land of her ancestors once again with her most recent cinematic offering, My Life in Ruins.
John Corbett— Known as the man behind the voice of Cicely, Alaska’s radio station on Northern Exposure as well as for his voiceover work for Applebee’s restaurant, this talented thespian has also been a part of A-list ensemble casts on both the small and big screen, including Sex and The City and the romantic comedy Serendipity. The actor can currently be seen on Showtime’s The United States of Tara.
Lainie Kazan— From Broadway to supper clubs, this consummate performer has done it all, but perhaps her most recognized role before stepping in front of the camera as the matriarch in this 202 romantic comedy was that of Aunt Frieda in The Nanny.
Michael Constantine— A familiar face from his many TV appearances over the years, Constantine garnered an Emmy for his work in the 1970’s series Room 222 and starred on the big screen in hits like If This is Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium before taking on the role of proud patriarch Gus Portokalos.
Ian Gomez— Much like the movie’s male protagonist, the actor who played Ian’s snide co-worker Mike– who may be best known to TV buffs as Dean & Deluca manager Javier on the beloved WB series Felicity— converted to Greek Orthodox before taking Nia Vardalos to be his bride.