文化之间的另一个主要冲突是他们的宗教。希腊的文化与宗教有着深刻而明确的联系。他们的性格、习俗、价值观和实践都是基于他们的基督教信仰(Koutsantoni, 2005)。而另一方面，白人新教徒对他的宗教并不那么感兴趣。也许这就是他轻易同意接受土拉家族的洗礼的原因，否则他永远不会嫁给土拉，因为希腊人对他们的宗教是如此坚定(Perren, 2004)。第三个因素是电影中非常关注的是希腊人的饮食习惯。希腊人认为他们的传统饮食是最平衡、完美和健康的。对他们来说，听说一个人是素食主义者是很奇怪的，因为他们自己吃肉太多了。与他们的习惯相反，伊恩只是个素食主义者。在这一点上，伊恩很难管理这个家庭。图拉给她的家人贴上了这样的标签:“吵闹、有教养、吃希腊菜”。Joel Zwick还强调了其他一些因素那就是他们的发型和穿着。他们的着装要求和外表都是用一种滑稽可笑的方式来描述的，这是一个有偏见的因素。
这个家族的女人留着老式的大发型，而男人则在脖子上戴着金项链。相反，伊恩的家庭被描绘成非常现代和成熟的美国人。影片还突出了希腊民族主义以及他们对民族主义、传统、历史和文学的自豪感。图拉的父亲格斯(Gus)已经证明，每个单词的词根都与某个希腊词根有关。图拉的祖母在整部影片中都表现出对土耳其人的仇恨，表现出希腊人与他们历史的联系。虽然影片中更多的是围绕希腊文化展开的，但影片清晰地展现了两种文化的鲜明特征。影片中有一些与希腊文化有关的夸张之处(Hassapopoulou, 2007)，以及讽刺，这使得这部影片非常具有互动性和娱乐性。毫无疑问，Joel Zwick成功地展示了两种文化之间的冲突，他们的相遇，跨文化交流中的挑战，以及两个人属于不同文化的融合(Perren, 2004)。这部电影对于理解如何处理跨文化问题中的情况，弥合文化之间的沟通鸿沟非常有帮助。
Another major clash between the cultures was their religions. There is a deep and explicit connection between culture and religion of Greece. Their characters, customs, values and practices are based upon their religion of Christianity (Koutsantoni, 2005). While on the other hand, WASP guy was not so much into his religion. Probably that was the reason that he easily agreed to be baptized by Toula’s family else he could never ever marry Toula as Greek people are so firm about their religion (Perren, 2004).The third factor which is so much focused in the film is the eating habits of Greek. Greek consider their traditional diet to be the most balanced, perfect and healthy one. It is strange for them to hear that one is vegetarian, as they eat too much meat themselves. Contrary to their habit, Ian was a mere vegetarian. At this point, Ian had difficulty in managing with this family. Toula labeled her family as: ‘Loud, breeding, Greek eaters’. There are certain other factors which are very much highlighted by Joel Zwick that is their hairstyle and dressing. Their dressing code and outlook is depicted in a funny and ridiculous way, which is a biased factor.
Women of the family carry old fashioned, large hairstyles, while men wear gold chains around their neck. Contrarily, Ian’s family is depicted as very modern and sophisticated Americans. Greek nationalism and their proud towards their nationalism, tradition, history and literature are also highlighted in the film. Toula’s father, Gus, has shown to be connecting the root of every word to some Greek root. Toula’s grandmother showed an expression of hatred towards Turkish throughout the film which shows Greek people’s connection with their history. The movie clearly identifies the distinct features of two cultures though Greek culture remained more focus in the film. There are certain exaggerations related to Greek culture (Hassapopoulou, 2007), and sarcasm which makes this film very interactive and entertaining. There is no doubt that Joel Zwick successfully shows a clash between two cultures, their meet-up, challenges in cross-cultural communication and merger of the two people belonging to contrasting cultures (Perren, 2004). This film is very helpful in understanding the way of handling situations in cross-cultural matters and bridging the communication gap between cultures.