My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on Blu-ray and giveaway!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Blu-rayNia Vardalos was the little Canadian comedienne who could. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all-time, despite being an independent film shot mostly in Toronto on a $5 million budget.

Fast forward 14 years and Vardalos and the gang are back in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian (John Corbett) are happily married and live in Chicago with their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris).

The family lives next door to Toula’s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria Portokalos (Lainie Kazan). Paris is feeling smothered. Gus tells her she’s looking old and needs to find a Greek boyfriend. If that wasn’t bad enough, her mother insists on volunteering at Paris’s school as often as she she can.

Meanwhile, Gus is convinced he is a descendant of Alexander the Great… in fact, he thinks everyone is. After all, Alexander the Great traveled the world spreading his seed and so everybody is Greek #GusLogic.

While looking through his records he finds his marriage license. Upon closer inspection he discovers the priest forgot to sign it, making his marriage to Maria unofficial. Maria jokes that she is a hippie for having children with Gus without technically being married. However, Maria wants Gus to propose to her before she’ll marry him again.

One character I loved was Paris Miller. Elena Kampouris is completely compelling. Even when she’s surrounded by a hoard of eccentric Greek family members, she still commands the scene. Her eyes speak the languages of frustration, anxiety, facetiousness, disengagement, embarrassment and best of all, joy. If the film had focused more on Paris it would have been a much stronger movie.

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett have chemistry in this movie just as they did in the last. The problem is that the movie has to juggle three storylines. Gus and Maria’s wedding, Paris choosing a university and Nia’s marital slump. Too much time is dedicated to Gus and Maria, so the character the audience is most likely to relate to, are relegated to the sidelines.

When My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is funny, it’s hilarious. There’s a scene where older Greek men are doing shots, followed by a group of young Greek boys doing shots of orange Gatorade. Another detail worth commending is the inclusion of a gay Greek into the film. The character isn’t given enough time to be fleshed out, but the Portokalos family accepts him and his partner with open arms.

The Blu-ray comes with several entertaining bonus features. The Gag Reel was a welcome addition because the actors were loose and unscripted, allowing their spontaneity and instincts to come out. Making the Greekquel tells the story of why it took 14 years to make a sequel to My Big Fat Greek WeddingMy Big Fat Greek Dinner is the perfect treat for the movie-watcher with an appetite.

This movie is a nostalgic trip for those who saw the first film. As long as you’re O.K. with retreading the same jokes as the first movie and spending most of the movie with Toula’s parents and extended family, this movie will have you cheering “OPA!”

We have two copies of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 to give away! To be eligible to win, tell us below what you liked best about the first movie. We’ll pick a winner this Friday (June 17) so watch your email for a notice!

Have you seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Either way I know you saw the first one! Leave a comment telling us what you think of these movies, and don’t forget to click here to write your own review.  ~Yanis Khamsi

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Comments & Discussion

  1. Kevin M • June 14, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

    The first movie had heart.

  2. Olga • June 14, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

    I loved being able to relate to the ethnic differences. It reminded me of so many things growing up (even though I’m not Greek) – transplanted ethnicities fitting in with the Canadian lifestyle often highlighted many differences. Some not-so-funny, and some downright hysterical!

  3. Grant Davidson • June 14, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

    I liked the father spaying windex on everything thinking that it was a cure all for what ever was wrong with you .

  4. Jill • June 14, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

    I loved the chaos of their big family.

  5. Natalia • June 14, 2016 @ 12:38 PM

    The first movie was great and funny!!! I love how they coonect the origins of a word to greek 🙂

  6. Janet Knudsen • June 14, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

    The funniest part of the first one was when Toula said Ian is a vegetarian, and her aunt responded, Don’t worry, it’s lamb.

  7. willard p • June 14, 2016 @ 12:46 PM

    Watching the family interact with each other made was comical.

  8. Catherine Maguire • June 14, 2016 @ 1:55 PM

    I liked how the Greek father would spray everything with windex.

  9. sandy • June 14, 2016 @ 2:19 PM

    Happy Tuesday tribute! I haven’t seen the sequel but would love to see it! The first one I just loved, because well,.. Nia vardalos is a winnipegger, my hometown. I absolutely adore Andrea Martin, loved her especially from SCTV, (ednas emporium and the infamous Edith prickley), and the windex…hahahhaa every time I see windex I think of that movie. So yes, I would love to win this movie! I know I would absolutely love it! Thanks so much!

  10. Vivian Wong • June 14, 2016 @ 2:34 PM

    I watch the first one 10 years ago, then I watch the second one!! I love it!! So funny how this family can solve every problem together!!

  11. jennie • June 14, 2016 @ 2:59 PM

    I loved that Nia (and a lot of her fam) was from Winnipeg, and Andrea Martin had the best lines.

  12. Wendy Fung • June 14, 2016 @ 4:43 PM

    Distinction Tribute Sequels as the awe-inspiring achievement of its dedicated and devoted presentation Episode . Along its avid presentation. I like to win this movie ticket !

  13. Jennifer Oikle • June 14, 2016 @ 5:44 PM

    Loved the first movie. Cleaning the plastic furniture covers with glass cleaner was hilarious. Haven’t seen the second movie yet, but would definitely like to!

  14. debbie s • June 14, 2016 @ 6:48 PM

    The first movie was so funny! I could so relate to Toula

  15. Emma A • June 14, 2016 @ 7:37 PM

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding was one of the first PG-13 movies I remember seeing in theaters so it will always have a special place in my heart. The bunt cake scene is one of my favorite scenes in the first movie and is one of the most quoted at my house.

  16. laurel jones • June 14, 2016 @ 9:06 PM

    Saw 1 but not 2

  17. Michael Maciborka • June 14, 2016 @ 10:09 PM

    love the first movie haven’t had chance to see part 2

  18. Catrina • June 14, 2016 @ 10:26 PM

    I saw this at the show and it was cute! Not as good as the first one, and I agree, there should have been more focus on the daughter (and she could have been a little less bratty) but overall I liked it!

  19. kevinritchie@shaw.ca • June 15, 2016 @ 12:09 AM

    I haven’t seen the 2nd one but loved the first story, proud to say Nia is from Winnipeg

  20. Sharon • June 15, 2016 @ 12:49 AM

    Very funny

  21. marla • June 15, 2016 @ 3:03 AM

    i liked the originality of the first movies and the endless laughs

  22. Dan • June 15, 2016 @ 8:06 AM

    The first movie was very entertaining and funny!

  23. Adam C • June 15, 2016 @ 8:38 AM

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding (original) was great and I look forward to being able to see the sequel.

  24. Matthew • June 15, 2016 @ 8:45 AM

    What I liked best about the first movie was the acting and the script. Put the two together and you have a great entertaining film.

  25. Kirsten N • June 15, 2016 @ 8:46 AM

    Saw the first one and thought it was funny. Haven’t seen the sequel yet

  26. Katya Mitchell • June 15, 2016 @ 8:55 AM

    Saw the first thought it was a good movie but have yet to see the sequel

  27. Mitchell Vivian • June 15, 2016 @ 8:58 AM

    Have not seen the sequel yet. My girlfriend wanted to see it so winning this would be for her.

  28. paula • June 15, 2016 @ 9:14 AM

    Really like the first movie but haven’t seen the second one yet. I expect it to be good too.

  29. Greg Travnicek • June 15, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

    I loved the comedy and the way Greek culture was lovingly poked fun at.

  30. Tanya Heschl • June 15, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

    I love the story behind how the first movie got made and how it was based on Nia Vardalos’ stand up comedy routine. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson took a risk on a great talent and I love how it paid off. Ms. Vardalos is a great talent and I love the story she brought to us.

  31. kristine hibbs • June 15, 2016 @ 6:41 PM

    Love to have a copy of this movie…loved the last one so much!!

  32. laura feist • June 15, 2016 @ 9:04 PM

    love this movie

  33. Daniel • June 15, 2016 @ 9:27 PM

    I mainly love the relatability- I have family members that remind me exactly of these characters!

  34. Carole McFadden • June 15, 2016 @ 10:36 PM

    Loved the first movie. It was very funny and made me laugh over and over again. A big hit with my whole family.

  35. Hélène Mai • June 15, 2016 @ 11:16 PM

    I loved the first one! It was so hilarious! It is one of my favorite romantic comedy to watch! And even if the first movie was made in 2002, the story of interracial couples is very actual. There are more and more interracial couples where I live (Montreal, Canada) and it is a beautiful thing! And speaking about that, there are cultural differences between me and my boyfriend. I am asian, he is quebecers. It is not always easy but we love each other and that’s the most important thing. Good luck everybody for the draw! 🙂

  36. Sharon B • June 16, 2016 @ 8:45 AM

    It was so funny when the dad, Gus, cleaned everything with Windex.

  37. Lyndie • June 16, 2016 @ 1:08 PM

    It is just like my girlfriends family. Fun to watch!

  38. Debbie McClelland • June 17, 2016 @ 3:53 AM

    I loved this movie. It was absolutely hilarious the whole way through.

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