Nia Vardalos Compares ‘Barbie’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Reviews

Barbie and Oppenheimer have taken over the field workplace — however filmmaker Nia Vardalos isn’t liking what she’s seeing by way of the comparisons.

“I’m studying critics’ assaults of Barbie versus the fawning over Oppenheimer. Each movies are nice [and] one was made by a lady,” Vardalos, 60, wrote through her Instagram on Saturday, July 22. “The unique My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony acquired scathing critiques, even attacking my appears. Then [the viewers] spoke up along with your wallets and love, I acquired nominated for an Academy Award, plus extra appearing, writing awards.”

She continued: “And I typically take into consideration the meanest critics having to take a seat via 20 years of meals with their household quoting my traces 😈.”

Vardalos — who has since made her Instagram account personal — wrote and starred in 2002’s My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony about 30-something Toula as she labored in her household’s Greek restaurant whereas dodging their overbearing matchmaking makes an attempt. After vowing to take cost of her life, Toula goes again to high school, will get a brand new job at her aunt’s journey company and falls in love with trainer Ian Miller (John Corbett). Her household is then tasked with throwing them an enormous Greek marriage ceremony.

Whereas the critics initially panned the film, fan enthusiasm grew rampant — and led to 2 sequels. My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony 2 premiered in 2016 and My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony 3 is slated for a theatrical launch later this yr on September 8.

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Nia Vardalos as Toula Portokalos and John Corbett as Ian Miller in ‘My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony.’
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Barbie Greta Gerwig’s movie concerning the beloved doll model — and Oppenheimer — Christopher Nolan’s historic epic concerning the creation of the atomic bomb — stoked a rivalry since they each hit theaters on Friday, July 21. Followers have even taken sides within the matter by proclaiming which film they needed to see on opening weekend or first in a “Barbenheimer” double function.

“I feel the Barbie [and] Oppenheimer rivalry is hilarious,” Barbie actress Issa Rae informed The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month on the crimson carpet premiere. “I like that there’s solidarity although [and instead of] individuals attempting to pit us in opposition to one different, it’s changed into a double-feature state of affairs.”

Rae, 38, added: “Clearly, you need to see Oppenheimer first then cleanse your palate with Barbie. Why would I wish to depress my [weekend]? It’s concerning the atomic bomb, individuals are going to die, like, I wish to [end my weekend with] mimosas and cocktails after Barbie! I don’t wish to sulk.”

Barbie — which additionally stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling — finally raked in an estimated $155 million on the home field workplace throughout its opening weekend. The sum is almost double what Oppenheimer introduced in, which was additionally above projections at $80.5 million.