My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos, who also stars in the film as Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos, a middle-class Greek American woman who falls in love with White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Ian Miller. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and, at the 75th Academy Awards, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Thirty-year-old Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos is a member of a large, loud, intrusive Greek family that only wants her to get married and have children. Frumpy and meek, she works in her family's Chicago restaurant, "Dancing Zorba's", but longs to do something more with her life. While working one day, she is immediately smitten with Ian Miller, a handsome school teacher. She amuses Ian when he catches her staring at him and jokingly calls herself his "own private Greek statue". That evening, Toula offers to go to college to learn about computers so she can improve the restaurant, but her father, Gus, becomes emotional, claiming Toula wants to leave him. Her mother, Maria, comforts Toula and convinces Gus to agree to Toula's idea.
|events||family Greek American intercultural marriage romance|
|keywords||church claim contact lens date even family dinner greek orthodox church grow up joke married newlywed plan school teacher wedding reception young woman|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay European Film Award for Best Non-European Film|
|producer||Gary Goetzman Rita Wilson Tom Hanks|
|productionCompany||Gold Circle Films Home Box Office MPH Entertainment Playtone|
|publisher||Equinox Films IFC Films|
|theme||dance independent romantic comedy|