Reviewer Flickchart rating: 4,634 / 5,195
My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony landed in film theaters in 2002. The unbiased function which launched the world to Nia Vardalos’ candy, quirky tackle Greek-American life stormed the field workplace and grossed over $350 million. It was adopted by a sitcom in 2003 (My Large Fats Greek Life), however that solely managed to remain on air for seven episodes. Vardalos returned to her heritage in 2009’s My Life in Ruins and got here again to the Portokalos household with My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony 2 (2016), which grossed a extra modest however nonetheless profitable $90.6 million.
Vardalos takes over the director’s chair within the third installment of the sequence. Household patriarch Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) has handed, and matriarch Maria (Lainie Kazan) has indicators of dementia. The Portokalos siblings have been tasked by their father’s final needs to take his memoirs again to Greece and one of the best pals he left behind. Virtually everybody from the earlier movies packs into an airplane and heads off to a household reunion deliberate by the mayor of the small Grecian village. Vardalos provides an extraneous variety of subplots, one involving a Syrian immigrant falling in love with a younger Greek man, a university scholar hiding issues from their mother and father, younger romances, a long-lost relative, a dying village’s dried-up water supply, a wedding in want of leisure, and the Portokalos household’s want for a brand new head. All are handled in swift, careless vogue. Every new disaster is dealt with with much less depth or creativity than a 22-minute situational comedy remedy.
Whereas the My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony model has operated from the start with an endearing amateurism and episodic, situational humor, the third movie abandons any try at a cohesive narrative, as if a market analysis group pieced collectively the script via viewers reactions to the earlier movies. Vardalos’ movie teeters on the sting of incompetence, with nonsensical enhancing selections and among the worst CGI in opening credit within the twenty first century. The drained jokes fall flat and the one charming new character, the younger mayor performed by Melina Kotselou, is in the end diminished to a repeated one-liner.
Nia Vardalos is endearing but once more as Toula, and her chemistry with John Corbett is easy. Whereas the unique movie traded character improvement for simple attraction, My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony 3 fails to ship these easy pleasures. Awkward asides, undeveloped resolutions, and an absence of comedic creativity sink this voyage to the Mediterranean Sea.
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