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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002)
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Co-Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Alexander Janko

Co-Composed by:
Chris Wilson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony/Columbia/Legacy
(July 16th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a souvenir from the film that includes all the important score material and Greek songs that you will remember from its major scenes.

Avoid it... if authentic Greek folk music sends you running in terror, or if 20 minutes of conservatively anonymous, romantic underscore isn't worth the purchase.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #526
WRITTEN 7/15/03, REVISED 3/3/09
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding: (Chris Wilson/Alexander Janko) The 2002 smash hit that took everyone by surprise, this film outpaced many of the year's blockbusters and returned the kind of overwhelming profits that raised the hopes of all distributors of arthouse films looking for mainstream success. Affable actress and comedian Nia Vardalos first performed the idea of My Big Fat Greek Wedding in her stand-up solo comedy routine before the producing husband and wife team of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson propelled the concept onto the big screen. For anyone who has not had the privilege to know or live with a true Greek, then My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a must-see experience for purely educational reasons. While the film makes light comedy out of the differing cultures of Greek Americans and "Xenos" (non-Greeks), it also presents a balanced and frighteningly accurate portrayal of Greek eccentricities. A thirty-something Greek spinster (Vardalos) falls in love with and becomes engaged to a Xeno (John Corbett) and thus, from the Xeno's point of view, a "wedding from hell" kind of scenario is put into motion. The music for the film proved to be a popular hit with audiences as well, combining a predictably soft and romantic orchestral underscore with several Greek songs of much flashier character that were licensed for use in the film. Some of those Greek songs are traditional, while others are of a more modern Greek heritage, though most of the relatively minor differences between them will likely go unnoticed by American ears. In the film, the songs alone offer some of the comedy of the story, often presenting a saturating Greek atmosphere at times when it is comically convenient. While some might consider this use belittling to the traditional Greek songs, nobody can argue that it isn't an ineffective approach for the situation. Whether American ears can withstand the powerful Greek character on album is an entirely separate issue. The album for My Big Fat Greek Wedding was considered a commercial success, partly because it is true to the music heard in the film and partly because audiences simply hadn't encountered this kind of Greek soundtrack compilation in recent times.



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Average: 2.99 Stars
***** 65 5 Stars
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Ahoy! Where's all the chunky lassies?
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:31
• 1. Stalia, Stalia - traditional Greek song (2:47)
• 2. Xekina Mia Psaroboulla - traditional Greek song (3:02)
• 3. Orea Pou Ine I Nifi Mas - traditional Greek song (3:41)
• 4. Moose Caca (2:17)
• 5. Kefi in Katavia - song written by Emanuel Kiriakou (3:51)
• 6. Secret Garden - song written by Jeannie Niokos (2:23)
• 7. Yasoo (2:57)
• 8. Istanbul Coffee House (Kafe Neio) - song written by Daghan Baydur/Richard Thomas (2:49)
• 9. Time with You (1:30)
• 10. Yiayia (1:10)
• 11. Generations (2:40)
• 12. Toula and Ian (2:20)
• 13. Apples N' Oranges (2:40)
• 14. All My Only Dremas - song written by Scott Rogness/Rick Elias (3:08)
• 15. First Date (4:09)

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The insert contains extensive credits, but no information about the score or film.
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