''My Big Fat Greek Wedding'' is a 2002 {{romantic comedy}} film written by and starring Nia Vardalos, directed by Joel Zwick and produced by Creator/TomHanks and his wife Rita Wilson. It is based on Vardalos' one woman show and at the 76th UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Toula Portokalos is a single, voluptuous thirty-year-old 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]].

In this new lifestyle she meets the handsome, charming but ''non-Greek'' Ian Miller. They fall for each other and decide to get married. Her dad does not approve; how could she possibly marry a non-Greek?

Nevertheless, things get sorted out and a huge and ''very'' Greek wedding is planned...


Noted for being the highest-grossing film to never have a #1 weekend at the box office, the film slowly propelled past $200 million domestically thanks to strong word-of-mouth and gross holding that slowly led to wider releases. It is commonly praised for its sharp indie-film dialogue, and for avoiding many of the pitfalls that plague other romantic comedies like HollywoodHomely (Nia Vardalos is attractive but not the typical bombshell, giving her makeover more plot relevance than others) and the "teary-eyed breakup due to a misunderstanding."

It was followed up by [[RecycledTheSeries an oft-forgotten TV sitcom]], ''My Big Fat Greek Life'', which was met with tepid reviews and only lasted a season.

A sequel, ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'', was released on March 2016 and focuses on the wedding of Gus and Maria who find out they were never legally married.
!!Provides examples of:
* AnAesop: Accept yourself and others.
* 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]].
* BabiesEverAfter: Toula ends up having a child at the end.
* BadBadActing
--> "Oh. Woe to me. Business is bad."
* BatmanGambit: Toula and her mother manage to convince her father that her getting a job is his own idea.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Toula turns out to be quite good looking when she puts some effort into her appearance.
* 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.
** Happens again when Gus tells his brother Ian's "okay for an Anglo." Ian fires right back with "You're okay for a grouchy old man." Gus is stunned for a moment before [[ActuallyPrettyFunny breaking into laughter]].
* BilingualBonus: In all its regal (and, as "I have three testicles" indicates, not-so-regal) splendor.
* BlackSheep: 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.]]
* 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.
* CloseKnitCommunity: Toula's extended family all know each other's business and are very close.
* CloserToEarth: Toula's mother, compared with her father. When Toula announces she's getting married, her father has a HeroicBSOD while her mother tries to convince him nothing's wrong with it.
* CoolBigSis: Toula serves as this role to Nick, inspiring him to take college courses in art, before that they always had a close relationship.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting, albeit not the sets (see CaliforniaDoubling).
* ConvertingForLove: Ian, to Greek Orthodoxy. Since Toula's Church isn't used to adults converting, he is baptised in a kiddie-pool.
* CulturalPosturing: There is nothing that Mr. Portokalos can't trace back to Greece. Even ''[[UpToEleven kimonos]]''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Toula, when she first sees Ian. Later Ian when he sees Toula in the tour office, leads to a brutal beatdown by an old lady.
* EngagementChallenge: Resulting in ConvertingForLove, as it's the only way Toula's father will consent.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Toula's dress, even though with the veil it looks overdone.
* 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.
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: The father frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes it up as he goes.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Toula's family is ''extremely'' Greek, which is played for all the laughs it can get.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: Toula's brother and cousins have fun giving Ian the wrong Greek phrases.
* GenreSavvy: Maria Portokalos knows her kids quite well and sees how things are unfolding well ahead of everyone else. In a comedic example, when Nick tricks Ian with a TrollingTranslator moment, she immediately gives Nick a DopeSlap, even though she didn't know that Nick told Ian to say what he said.
* GladYouThoughtOfIt: The best way to get Gus' consent is to let him think it was his idea.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Part of Toula's makeover involves ditching her glasses for contacts.
* GreasySpoon: The Portokalos establishment is an excellent example of a Greek-American diner in the city.
* HappilyMarried:
** Toula's parents. Probably Ian's parents.
** And Ian and Toula, as shown in the DistantFinale.
* HilarityEnsues: Every time Ian's family tries to interact with Toula's.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: "I'll kill you and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident." 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!" And the bridesmaids' dresses are even ''worse''.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Toula is the [[OnlySaneMan only sane]] Portokalos.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: My Big Fat Grssk Wedding?[[labelnote:*]][[DontExplainTheJoke G-R-Sigma-Sigma-K]][[/labelnote]]
* MeaningfulName: ''Portokali'' (πορτοκάλι) is Greek for "orange." Toula's father makes an IncrediblyLamePun on the resemblance of Ian's name (Miller) to the Greek word for apple (μήλο, ''milo''). Get it?
* NeverMessWithGranny: The ouzo-guzzling grandmother is somewhere between this and ScrewPolitenessImASenior. On the night before Toula's wedding she gives Toula her wedding garlands and shows her some other keepsakes and photos, whereupon we learn that IWasQuiteALooker.
* NeverTrustATrailer. One of the trailers for the sequel makes mention of a wedding without saying who it's for, with Paris wearing a white dress to her Prom, many people, without having watched other trailers that made it clear that it was Gus and Maria's wedding, assumed Paris was the one getting married.
* NoTrueScotsman: Gus's brother in the second film, lambasts him for moving to America and says that proves he isn't "a real Greek".
* NotSoDifferent: The entire point of the movie is AnAesop about this, with plenty of [[RuleOfFunny opportunity for jokes]] along the way.
* NuclearFamily: Greek Americans don't believe in it. At least not the Portokalos. TruthInTelevision for many immigrants.
* OddNameOut: Almost all of the young family members have the name (or variation) of Anita (including Athena and Angelo), Diane or Nick (including Nikki). The outsider? Toula.
--> "Costas, Nick, Nick, Nick, Costas..."
--> "And I am GUS!"
** This is pretty much TruthInTelevision for Greek families, since the eldest boy and girl in each branch of the family are usually named for their grandparents (giving you multiple cousins with the same names), but other children don't fit this pattern so they often have more unique names.
* 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.
** In the sequel he calls Paris old at seventeen.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Aversion: Unlimited Nicks.
** Very many instances of Nikki.
** This is partly Truth in Television, as Greek children are traditionally named after their grandparents--and with only four grandparents to go around among the huge number of grandkids, there's going to be some overlap. Obviously it doesn't usually get ''that'' bad, but still.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Toula, Voula, Nick, Nikki, etc aren't actual Greek names; rather, they're affectionate pet names that can derive from a number of given names. For example, Toula is most likely a diminutive of Catherine / Katerina (Κατερίνα).[[note]]Kaete (Καίτη) -> Kaetoula (Καιτούλα) -> Toula (Τούλα) [[/note]]
* 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.
* PursueTheDreamJob: Toula, in her early thirties, decides to invigorate her life, going to college and starting to work at a travel agency.
* RacistGrandma: Toula's grandmother despises Turkish people. To judge from 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).
* RantInducingSlight: Toula goes into a long rant about her stifling family environment when her Greek ethnicity is brought up in conversation.
* RealMenEatMeat: Ian is a vegetarian and Toula's family is naturally shocked by this. Leads to a funny exchange:
--> "What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? ... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint That's okay, I make lamb]].
* 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''.
* StayInTheKitchen: At the start, Toula's dad believes she should do this. As the film progresses, it appears to be more of "stay in the enclave", and applies to his son as well: Greeks hang out with Greeks, marry Greeks, work at the family business, and so forth.
* StraightGay: His mother's intuition and his confirmation is the only hint we get that Angelo is gay.
* TactfulTranslation: Unimpressed with Ian's attempt to wish him a happy Easter ("Cheestro Nasty!"[[note]]Meant to be ''Χριστός ἀνέστη'' (''Christos Anesti'' meaning "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_greeting Christ is Risen!]]")[[/note]]), Gus mutters in Greek, "My people were writing philosophy when your people were still swinging in trees." At Ian's confused look, Toula says, "He likes you."
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: "...Greeks, and everybody else who wish they were Greek."
* 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 [[DopeSlap slaps Nick upside the head]].
* TruthInTelevision: As any Greek-American who's seen the film will readily tell you, along with pretty much anyone from Southern Europe, especially the Balkans.
* UglyGuyHotWife: A '''very''' rare gender swap of this trope, with ordinary-looking Toula paired up with tall, handsome Ian.
* WeddingEnhancedFertility: Toula says she got pregnant "a minute later". The movie ends with her taking their six year old daughter to Greek school.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Well, Toula is a 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.
** While 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 granddaughter, Paris who is 17.
* WhenIWasYourAge
-->'''Maria Portokalos:''' "Nicko! Don't play with the food! When I was your age, we didn't ''have'' food!"
* 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."
** However, this is inverted with Ian's parents; while Rodney shows signs of lightening up towards the end, Harriet merely develops a fondness for ouzo.
** Second film has Gus struggling with computers, while the women in his family - even his ancient mother - have no problem handling [=FaceTime=] or playing gambling games on their iPads.