Parents' Guide to

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Iconic culture-clash romcom has innuendo, mild language.

Movie PG 2002 95 minutes
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Movie Poster: Toula stands in a wedding dress, Ian leaning in close to her and her large family behind her back

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 8+

The family values outweigh the cussing. A family favorite in our house!

The very few "dirty" jokes will go over little ones heads and the cuss words are not that bad. The tight knit family values outweigh the negatives. We have 8 children and they've all watched and loved this and we watch it over and over. If you grew up in a Greek American family or a recently immigrated family from anywhere this will feel like home and will be a great way to open up opportunities to talk to your kids about how you grew up. Even if you don't fit that bill, everyone will see something of their family in the Portokalis and Miller families.
age 10+

Fantastc Movie About Love and Family

This movie is really fun and great for tweens. It is appropriate, but the main characters sleeping together was implies and one character wears revealing clothes. Otherwise, it is a sweet story perfect for tweens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Viewers will find Vardalos and her family irresistible. And the story behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding is as remarkable as the film itself. Actress/writer Vardalos created a one-woman show about her Greek family and their response when she married a man who wasn't Greek. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson (who's Greek), saw the show and decided to make it into a movie with Vardalos playing herself.

Vardalos and director Joel Zwick balance the specifics of the Greek American culture with the transcendent commonalities of family dynamics, and Vardalos and Corbett have a believable sweetness with each other. The movie is riotously funny but heart-catchingly touching, and it may make you want to go back and hug everyone you're related to. This is a terrific choice for families with older tweens: The romance is age-appropriate, and the characters are great role models for how to fall in love and treat each other right. This is one movie where no surprises lurk. Just grab the popcorn, put the phones away, and enjoy.

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