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Plot, Details & Awards

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Rated PG for sensuality and language.

PG In Theaters 04/19/2002 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn't interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business -- a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's -- she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad's misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect -- he's tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula -- except for two little things: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula's family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian's upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There's also the matter of the wedding, which Toula's mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez (Vardalos' real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Nia Vardalos Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Nia Vardalos Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Writer Nia Vardalos Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Nia Vardalos Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Nia Vardalos Won

Writers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay Nia Vardalos Nominated

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