Film Analysis: In ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,’ the Nuptials Are in Greece but the Blueprint Appears Outdated

by Madison Thomas
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Review

“The ceremony is happening!” This predictable declaration arises early in the course of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” eliciting a gamut of reactions from the audience.

Initially, there’s a sense of surprise: Already? Was an engagement even announced? Following that, there’s a sentiment of relief: It’s about time. After all, as surely as the sun must rise over the shimmering Ionian Sea, a “big fat Greek wedding” film must contain a wedding.

This installment, poised to extend into a quadrilogy or even a quintology, prompts additional questions. Is it Nia Vardalos—franchise star, writer, and now director—who suggests that the quintessential solution to any problem is, indeed, a wedding? And does this suggest that matrimony is the only avenue to a satisfying conclusion?

Such a stance would seem incongruent with some attempts within the script to bring modern sensibilities to a blueprint that resonated exceptionally well in the beloved 2002 original. That original formula suffered a noticeable diminishment in the disappointing 2016 sequel, 14 years later. If “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” felt like a lackluster echo of the first film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” seems like an even fainter echo of that echo. To employ a franchise-appropriate culinary metaphor: it’s akin to baklava reheated for the third time.

Nevertheless, even reheated baklava can be worth consuming. This sequel may be rewarding for those who are keen to reconnect with familiar characters and are willing to forgive the film’s awkward pacing, stilted dialogue, and at times, implausible plot twists. On a positive note, Vardalos and her team excel at orchestrating matrimonial events.

For viewers needing context, the previous film left us with Paris, the adolescent daughter of Toula (portrayed by the ever-empathetic Vardalos) and her wholesomely attractive spouse Ian (John Corbett), as she moves into her NYU dorm room. Her decision to depart Chicago for higher education had provided much of the lukewarm suspense in the first sequel.

True to form, the film clings to the original elements that contributed to its overwhelming success. The Portokalos clan remains loving, noisy, and intrusive. We’ve regrettably lost the family patriarch, Gus (Michael Constantine, who passed away in 2021). Yet the family perseveres, with Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) leading the tribe to their ancestral Greek village for a family reunion, the aim of which is to distribute Gus’s treasured journal to his childhood friends.

However, the narrative struggles with coherence. Subplots are raised and subsequently disregarded; new characters are introduced without adequate backstory or development, including Victory (Melina Kotselou), the village’s young, nonbinary mayor.

Returning characters also suffer from a lack of substantive development. For instance, Nick, Toula’s brother, inexplicably indulges in unsightly habits at the family dinner table. As for Ian, he remains a supportive spouse but lacks distinguishing characteristics. Their marriage seems stable, yet stagnant—a rarity for a romantic comedy franchise spanning three films.

Finally, the wedding ceremony, set in a picturesque Greek village, serves as the pinnacle of the film. The celebration incorporates both Greek and Syrian traditions, subtly acknowledging the current sociopolitical landscape in Greece. However, the film’s persistent focus on matrimony as the ultimate resolution raises questions about its contemporary relevance, and leaves one to wonder who will be the focus of the almost certain “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 4.”

In conclusion, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” released by Focus Films, has received a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association for “suggestive material and some nudity.” It has a runtime of 91 minutes and merits a modest two out of four stars.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Review

What is the central theme of the review for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3”?

The central theme of the review is that while the movie has some elements that will appeal to long-time fans, it largely rehashes an outdated formula that lacks the charm and freshness of the original 2002 film.

Does the review suggest that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” lives up to the original?

No, the review indicates that the third installment in the franchise feels like a pale imitation not just of the original, but also of the first sequel, released in 2016.

How does the film attempt to modernize its storyline?

The film introduces a few contemporary elements, such as a nonbinary mayor in the Greek village and a Syrian spouse-to-be, as nods to current social and political issues.

Are there any new characters introduced in the film?

Yes, new characters like Victory, the young, nonbinary mayor of the village, are introduced but without adequate backstory or character development.

What is the rating given to the film?

The film has been rated two out of four stars, indicating that it may have some redeeming qualities but is largely disappointing.

What is the film rated by the Motion Picture Association?

The film has received a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association for “suggestive material and some nudity.”

Who are the key returning characters?

Key returning characters include Toula (Nia Vardalos), Ian (John Corbett), Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), and Paris, the daughter of Toula and Ian.

What is the runtime of the film?

The film has a runtime of 91 minutes.

Is the family dynamic still a central part of the film?

Yes, the Portokalos family remains loving, noisy, and intrusive, consistent with the original movie and the first sequel.

Does the film end in a wedding?

Yes, much like its predecessors, the film culminates in a wedding ceremony, affirming that weddings continue to be the central plot point of the franchise.

More about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Review

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Official Site
  • IMDb: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
  • Nia Vardalos IMDb Profile
  • Focus Films Official Site
  • Motion Picture Association Rating System
  • Box Office Mojo: My Big Fat Greek Wedding Franchise Earnings
  • The Original My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Review
  • The First Sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Review
  • Interview with Nia Vardalos on the Making of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3

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GreekLover101 September 16, 2023 - 8:36 am

Eh, even if it’s not as good, I’m still gonna watch it. I mean its part of the culture now, right?

Ella_R September 16, 2023 - 10:47 am

Nia Vardalos is directing too? She’s got her hands full. Maybe that’s why the movie didn’t turn out great.

CinephileSam September 16, 2023 - 11:07 am

Two stars outta four? Sounds generous. I think I’ll wait for it to come out on streaming.

Paula_W September 16, 2023 - 1:45 pm

Why do sequels always have to ruin a good thing? The first one was so good, whyd they have to go and mess it up?

Valeria_R September 16, 2023 - 10:49 pm

I was kinda excited about the Syrian spouse-to-be. But sounds like they didn’t go deep enough with it. missed opportunity.

SandyQ September 17, 2023 - 1:57 am

so the first one was a hit, the 2nd one was meh and now this? Guess Hollywood never learns, huh?

Trevor_Z September 17, 2023 - 2:10 am

They still use Windex? lol that joke’s older than my grandma.

MikeJ September 17, 2023 - 2:29 am

Man, sounds like they really squeezed the life out of this franchise. Baklava’s good, but thrice-warmed? Nah, I’ll pass.

Lisa_M September 17, 2023 - 5:58 am

PG-13 for some nudity? Well, at least they’re trying to spice things up a bit!

JohnDoe September 17, 2023 - 6:11 am

91 minutes of my life I’ll never get back, shouldve read this review earlier.


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