Two decades after Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding made a splash at the box office, it has remained a beloved romantic comedy.
“It’s a really sweet franchise,” Ian Gomez exclusively gushed to Us Weekly in November 2019 about ex-wife Vardalos’ 2002 film and its 2016 sequel. “[Nia] has so many people that have come up to her and just said the most amazing things about, like, their families getting back together because of the film, or like, ‘My dad and I didn’t talk and then we bonded over this film.’ It’s a legacy. I mean, it’s amazing.”
My Big Fat Greek Wedding premiered in April 2002 and followed 30-year-old Toula Portakalos (played by Vardalos), as she attempted to dodge her meddlesome family’s countless matchmaking attempts. She vows to take charge of her life by enrolling in a community college class, working for her aunt’s travel agency and striking up a romance with schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) despite her family’s concerns about him not being Greek.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding inspired two sequel films in 2016 and 2023, respectively. While the entire cast returned for the second flick, the third was missing Portakalos patriarch Gus (Michael Constantine) after the actor’s 2021 death.
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