MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elias Kacavas, Elena Kampouris, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, and Andrea Martin
Director: Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is a frustratingly aimless rom-com that fails to deliver either romance or comedy. Instead of having a central conflict like the original, this narrative operates like a revolving door of pointless sub-plots that seem to come and go on a whim. The cast mostly just meanders around Greece, occasionally indulging in some sappy familial melodrama to keep the audience awake. If you like these characters enough to watch them go on vacation, then maybe this movie is for you. However, if you enjoy movies where things actually happen, you may want to sit this one out.
It’s my fault really, because… what did I expect?! All the Windex in the world can’t save this third outing. The only acceptable explanation for its failure is that the whole crew was reunited for a few drinks, reminded of their roles, and were then instructed to henceforth improv with unwarranted stage-like exuberance. The script is so frustratingly ill-prepared that all of the outrageous one-liners and once-funny Greek hubris fall completely flat. My advice: if you were a fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, avoid this rendition and rewatch the original again if you are feeling nostalgic.
The My Big Fat Greek Wedding franchise has always been unremarkable, but the first film had some charm, and its simple culture-crossing love story was sweet enough to carry it through - all things the third film in this trilogy are not. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is deeply unfunny, and so poorly edited that it can barely be called competent. Scenes are very loosely connected, with character arcs having beginnings and incredibly unearned endings, but no middle. Everything about this third entry falls incredibly flat, and it sorely misses the late Michael Constantine’s Gus, who was the heart of the previous two films.
It’s a real shame that the My Big Fat Greek Wedding trilogy as a whole can’t live up to the first film’s charm, but even disconnected from its franchise roots, this third entry probably wouldn’t be very good on its own either. Apart from the premise and shared characters, there’s not much it has to say about why its own story is important, other than that we should think it is. Scenes come and go with an occasionally funny moment, and there are some neat new characters, but ultimately there’s little to actually hold onto in terms of real quality.