History Film / MyBigFatGreekWedding

19th Feb '17 10:39:17 PM tv1995
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* BilingualBackfire: In the sequel, after Nick mildly insults Ian in Greek, he's stunned when Ian responds in Greek as well.

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* BilingualBackfire: In the sequel, after Nick mildly insults Ian in Greek, he's stunned when Ian responds in Greek as well. Since he's been married to Toula for a long time, he probably picked up some Greek.
18th Jan '17 8:25:35 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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--> "What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? ... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint That's okay, I make lamb]].

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--> "What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? ... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint That's okay, I make lamb]].
18th Jan '17 4:17:00 PM toongrrl1990
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** Second film has Gus struggling with computers, while the women in his family even his Mother have no problem handling FaceTime or playing gambling games on their iPads.
18th Jan '17 4:16:02 PM toongrrl1990
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: The 1st film has Nick, Toula's younger brother, who is immature but he has a tight relationship with Toula and she is more annoyed with Athena, her older sister, than not. The second film has Paris's younger cousins serving this role when they aren't acting like mini versions of Gus.
** Nikki and Angelo act antagonistic towards one another, except [[spoiler: when Angelo finally comes out as gay and with his partner]].


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* CoolBigSis: Toula serves as this role to Nick, inspiring him to take college courses in art, before that they always had a close relationship.


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* NoTrueScotsman: Gus's brother in the second film, lambasts him for moving to America and says that proves he isn't "a real Greek".


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* ParentalHypocrisy: A running theme in the second film.
** Toula moans "Why do you want to leave me?" when Paris tells the family she wants to head to college out of state, a callback to when Toula told Gus that she wanted to take college courses.
** [[spoiler: At the wedding in the second film]], Maria asks "Who said that a woman has to be married?" and Toula yells "You! All our lives!" with her older sister Athena nodding in agreement and annoyance.
23rd Dec '16 6:36:34 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: A movie about events that took place in Winnipeg, written by a Winnipeg writer, starring a Winnipeg actress... was set in Chicago and filmed primarily in Toronto.
19th Sep '16 8:34:06 PM Saveelich
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Toula Portokalos is a single, voluptuous thirty-year-old Greek woman living with her parents and brother in a [[CloseKnitCommunity close-knit]] UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Greek community and working in the family's Greek restaurant. They even have a Greek statue in their front lawn and proudly painted the Greek flag on their garage door. Deciding to invigorate her life, she breaks out on her own to go to college and start working at a travel agency. She also gets a makeover, taming her wild hair and [[TheGlassesGottaGo getting contacts]].

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Toula Portokalos is a single, voluptuous thirty-year-old Greek Greek-American woman living with her parents and brother in a [[CloseKnitCommunity close-knit]] UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Greek community and working in the family's Greek restaurant. They even have a Greek statue in their front lawn and proudly painted the Greek flag on their garage door. Deciding to invigorate her life, she breaks out on her own to go to college and start working at a travel agency. She also gets a makeover, taming her wild hair and [[TheGlassesGottaGo getting contacts]].
22nd Jul '16 2:02:15 AM DarkHunter
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** It's hinted that Toula's brother Nick (who apparently wants to study art) has similar issues. His beautifully designed menus are dismissed with an "enh" by Gus. While he seems to have grown on Ian by the end of the movie, in the sequel he makes it pretty clear while he likes Ian he still is disappointed he's not Greek and is already trying to find a Greek husband for his grandaughter, Paris who is 17.

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** It's hinted that Toula's brother Nick (who apparently wants to study art) has similar issues. His beautifully designed menus are dismissed with an "enh" by Gus.
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While he Gus seems to have grown on Ian by the end of the movie, in the sequel he makes it pretty clear while he likes Ian he still is disappointed he's not Greek and is already trying to find a Greek husband for his grandaughter, granddaughter, Paris who is 17.
18th Jul '16 9:27:49 PM DarkHunter
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* CloseKnitCommunity: Toula's extended family all know each other's business and are very close.



* CloseKnitCommunity
18th Jul '16 9:24:57 PM DarkHunter
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* BeautifulAllAlong: Toula.

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* BeautifulAllAlong: Toula.Toula turns out to be quite good looking when she puts some effort into her appearance.



* BlackSheep: Toula.

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* BlackSheep: Toula.Toula, who isn't very into her Greek ancestry and sees it more as a burden than something to celebrate. [[spoiler:A late scene shows that her brother Nick has some similar thoughts, but he's not as vocal about it.]]



* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting, albeit not the sets (see CaliforniaDoubling)

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* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting, albeit not the sets (see CaliforniaDoubling)CaliforniaDoubling).



* CultureClash / NotSoDifferent: The entire point of the movie is AnAesop about this, with plenty of [[RuleOfFunny opportunity for jokes]] along the way.



* EngagementChallenge / ParentalMarriageVeto: Resulting in ConvertingForLove, as it's the only way Toula's father will consent.

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* EngagementChallenge / ParentalMarriageVeto: EngagementChallenge: Resulting in ConvertingForLove, as it's the only way Toula's father will consent.



* FourthDateMarriage
** Only if you go by the montage. They conceivably could've dated for weeks or months, even.

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* FourthDateMarriage
** Only if you go by the montage. They conceivably could've dated for weeks or months, even.
FourthDateMarriage: We're given a short dating montage before Ian and Toula decide to get engaged. It's a little unclear exactly how much time passes.



* FunnyForeigners
* FunWithForeignLanguages

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* FunnyForeigners
FunnyForeigner: Toula's family is ''extremely'' Greek, which is played for all the laughs it can get.
* FunWithForeignLanguagesFunWithForeignLanguages: Toula's brother and cousins have fun giving Ian the wrong Greek phrases.



* TheGlassesGottaGo

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* TheGlassesGottaGoTheGlassesGottaGo: Part of Toula's makeover involves ditching her glasses for contacts.



* HappilyMarried: Toula's parents. Probably Ian's parents.

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* HappilyMarried: HappilyMarried:
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Toula's parents. Probably Ian's parents.



* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: "I'll kill you and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident."
** Subverted in that Toula's male relatives are just messing around with Ian. Probably.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Toula's reaction to her giant-white-cupcake of a wedding dress. "I'm a snow beast!"
** Even more so for the bridesmaids' dresses.

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* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: "I'll kill you and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident."
** Subverted in that
" Toula's male relatives are probably just messing around with Ian. Probably.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Toula's reaction to her giant-white-cupcake of a wedding dress. "I'm a snow beast!"
** Even more so for
beast!" And the bridesmaids' dresses.dresses are even ''worse''.



* NotSoDifferent: The entire point of the movie is AnAesop about this, with plenty of [[RuleOfFunny opportunity for jokes]] along the way.



* OldMaid: Toula is only 30, but her parents seem to think she needs to get married ''right away''. Her father started calling her old at FIFTEEN! This is {{Exaggerated}} TruthInTelevision, as any child of Greek immigrants will tell you. It's a pretty common attitude in the Eastern Mediterranean that any woman over 25 who isn't married is an embarrassment to the family.

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* OldMaid: OldMaid:
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Toula is only 30, but her parents seem to think she needs to get married ''right away''. Her father started calling her old at FIFTEEN! This is {{Exaggerated}} TruthInTelevision, as any child of Greek immigrants will tell you. It's a pretty common attitude in the Eastern Mediterranean that any woman over 25 who isn't married is an embarrassment to the family.



* RacistGrandma: Toula's grandmother despises Turkish people.
** Television airings cut all of her "ugly Turk" dialogue, which makes for some awkward dialogue jumps (like Grandma walking in, almost immediately hitting her son, and Toula's voice-over explaining that they told her the war was over). (What war; we didn't get her dialogue).
*** To judge from Grandma's age, probably World War II. Sadly, certain events of that time [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek–Turkish_relations explain a lot about her attitude.]]

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* RacistGrandma: Toula's grandmother despises Turkish people.
** Television airings cut all of her "ugly Turk" dialogue, which makes for some awkward dialogue jumps (like Grandma walking in, almost immediately hitting her son, and Toula's voice-over explaining that they told her the war was over). (What war; we didn't get her dialogue).
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people. To judge from Grandma's her age, this is probably a result of World War II. Sadly, certain events of that time [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek–Turkish_relations explain a lot about her attitude.]]]] Television airings cut all of her "ugly Turk" dialogue, which makes for some awkward dialogue jumps (like Grandma walking in, almost immediately hitting her son, and Toula's voice-over explaining that they told her the war was over).



** This will hit a wrong note for many Greeks. Vegetarianism is common in Greece, often for religious reasons.
** Actually, according to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259446/trivia?item=tr0773627 IMBd's triva page]] this actually makes sense.
* RunningGag: Gus Portokalos thinks Windex is the solution to everything.
** Becomes a bit of a BrickJoke at the end of the film when Ian sprays some on a wedding-day zit and it ''actually works''.

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** This will hit a wrong note for many Greeks. Vegetarianism is common in Greece, often for religious reasons.
** Actually, according to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259446/trivia?item=tr0773627 IMBd's triva page]] this actually makes sense.
* RunningGag: Gus Portokalos thinks Windex is the solution to everything.
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everything. Becomes a bit of a BrickJoke at the end of the film when Ian sprays some on a wedding-day zit and it ''actually works''.



* TrollingTranslator: This is Ian's RunningGag; in one memorable scene, he asks how to say "dinner's ready!" in Greek, but the phrase he's told actually means "I have three testicles!"
** In one instance, Nick tricks Ian into telling Toula's mother, "Nice tits." She immediately turns and slaps Nick upside the head.

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* TrollingTranslator: TrollingTranslator:
**
This is Ian's RunningGag; in one memorable scene, he asks how to say "dinner's "Dinner's ready!" in Greek, but the phrase he's told actually means "I have three testicles!"
** In one instance, Nick tricks Ian into telling Toula's mother, "Nice tits." She immediately turns and [[DopeSlap slaps Nick upside the head.head]].



* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast / TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Possibly, assuming the sequel is set in 2016, Paris would have had to been born around 1998-1999 making the wedding 9 months before which forms the bulk of the first movie, making it the former. This means the epilogue roughly takes place in 2004-2005, making it the latter.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Well, Toula is a female - but the same concept applies.
** It's hinted that Toula's brother Nick (who apparently wants to study art) has similar issues. His beautifully designed menus are dismissed with an "enh" by Gus.
*** While he seems to have grown on Ian by the end of the movie, in the sequel he makes it pretty clear while he likes Ian he still is disapointed he's not greek and is already trying to find a greek husband for his grandaughter, Paris who is 17.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast / TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Possibly, assuming the sequel is set in 2016, Paris would have had to been born around 1998-1999 making the wedding 9 months before which forms the bulk of the first movie, making it the former. This means the epilogue roughly takes place in 2004-2005, making it the latter.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
WellDoneSonGuy:
**
Well, Toula is a female woman - but the same concept applies.
** It's hinted that Toula's brother Nick (who apparently wants to study art) has similar issues. His beautifully designed menus are dismissed with an "enh" by Gus.
***
Gus. While he seems to have grown on Ian by the end of the movie, in the sequel he makes it pretty clear while he likes Ian he still is disapointed disappointed he's not greek Greek and is already trying to find a greek Greek husband for his grandaughter, Paris who is 17.



* WomenAreWiser: Maria is more open-minded than Gus, and has a great deal more common sense.
-->'''Maria Portokalos:''' "Let me tell you something, Toula. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants."

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* WomenAreWiser: WomenAreWiser:
**
Maria is more open-minded than Gus, and has a great deal more common sense.
-->'''Maria --->'''Maria Portokalos:''' "Let me tell you something, Toula. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants."
18th Jul '16 9:15:05 PM DarkHunter
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* Chekhov'sSkill: The father's ability to turn any word, regardless of whether it has a Greek origin or not, into a Greek word sort of pays off, when he realizes the surname "Miller" sounds quite a bit like the Greek word for apple, ''milo'', whereas their last name, ''Portokali'' means ''orange''. In other words, while they are distinctly different, they're all still fruits. It's his absurd and rather charming way of bridging the gap between cultures and coming to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying a ''xeno'', and that his future son-in-law is actually a pretty good guy.

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* Chekhov'sSkill: The father's ChekhovsSkill: Gus's ability to turn any word, regardless of whether it has a Greek origin or not, into a Greek word sort of pays off, when he realizes the surname "Miller" sounds quite a bit like the Greek word for apple, ''milo'', whereas their last name, ''Portokali'' means ''orange''. In other words, while they are distinctly different, they're all still fruits. It's his absurd and rather charming way of bridging the gap between cultures and coming to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying a ''xeno'', and that his future son-in-law is actually a pretty good guy.
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