''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 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.
* 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.
* BilingualBackfire: In the sequel, after Nick mildly insults Ian in Greek, he's stunned when Ian responds in Greek as well.
* BilingualBonus: In all its regal (and, as "I have three testicles" indicates, not-so-regal) splendor.
* BlackSheep: Toula.
* 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.
* 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.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting, albeit not the sets (see CaliforniaDoubling)
* CloseKnitCommunity
* ConvertingForLove: Ian, to Greek Orthodoxy. Since Toula's Church isn't used to adults converting, he is baptised in a kiddie-pool.
* CultureClash / NotSoDifferent: The entire point of the movie is AnAesop about this, with plenty of [[RuleOfFunny opportunity for jokes]] along the way.
* 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 / ParentalMarriageVeto: 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
** Only if you go by the montage. They conceivably could've dated for weeks or months, even.
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: The father frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes it up as he goes.]]
* FunnyForeigners
* FunWithForeignLanguages
* 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
* 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."
** 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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.]]
* 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? ... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint That's okay, I make lamb]].
** 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''.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* 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 averted with Ian's parents; while Rodney shows signs of lightening up towards the end, Harriet merely develops a fondness for ouzo.