Nia Vardelos’ Sequel Falls Flat

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett Struggle to Serve a Satisfying Sequel in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Review 293
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2 stars (out of 4)

Even pleasant confections are typically finest left at single servings. Like, say, Baklava. And My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony.

After a lackluster 2016 sequel, gifted writer-director-star Nia Vardalos has reassembled her bustling onscreen household for My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony 3. But when the second flick felt like a irritating retread that did not seize the appeal of the 2002 unique runaway hit, this outing simply fails. Agreed that this can be a disgrace.

There’s wealthy irony in that My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony 3 options the thinnest of storylines. After the current loss of life of household patriarch Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine, RIP), his daughter Toula (Vardalos) heads to the house nation to present his journal to his childhood mates at some form of reunion. (Although she speaks fluent Greek, we’re speculated to consider she’s by no means visited Greece till now.) Alongside for the journey: Her husband, Ian (John Corbett); teen daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris); wacky Aunt Voula (stand-out Andrea Martin); and her brother Nick (Louis Mandylor). Some jokes revolve round Nick’s behavior of clipping his toenails on the dinner desk. Different jokes poke enjoyable on the declining reminiscence problems with Toula’s mother (Lainie Kazan).

As soon as the group arrives at their vacation spot, sitcom-like issues and hijinks ensue. Seems Gus’ mates have all scattered. A number of long-lost kinfolk seem with surprises in retailer, whereas others (hello once more, Joey Fatone!) pop in late. A farm animal wanders into the dwelling quarters. Voula will get drunk. (“I forgot there was alcohol in alcohol!”) And, in fact, there’s a wedding ceremony — this time with a Greek groom and Syrian bride. With out a lot comedic stress, the household fortunately returns to Chicago in below 90 minutes flat.

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett Struggle to Serve a Satisfying Sequel in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Review 294
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Because the gloriously enjoyable Mamma Mia!film musicals have confirmed, glowing materials can certainly be mined from the confines of an exquisite Greek island. Vardalos is aware of this too, as her 2009 comedy My Life in Ruinswas set in Greece. However as a author and director, she will be able to’t fairly ship on that escapist fantasy. As an alternative of counting on a sequence of contrived subplots — in no world would the intense Paris fail her manner out of New York College — she ought to have simply let the forged chill out, shine and play to their strengths.

Actually, all of them have the chops. Martin has been an ace improv singer and actress for many years, whereas Corbett simply confirmed on that he can nonetheless make a lady swoon along with his good-natured congeniality.(Curiously, he and Vardalos share few romantic moments.) Come to think about it, why not let Fatone pay a cheeky homage and belt out just a few bars of “Dancing Queen”? It could have been humorous, darn it! Or, not less than, funnier than watching his Cousin Angelo and Cousin Nikki (Gia Carides) race to recline their airplane seats.

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It’s price repeating: My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony was a mega-successful crowd-pleaser that continues to be totally relatable. Queue it up and watch it maintain up. Not solely did the Oscar-nominated Vardalos convey the snappy punchlines (“ew, please let that be the top of your story!”), she tapped into the deeply actual concern of discovering autonomy outdoors a close-knit household. Toula was an inspiration to all and a hilarious one at that. And whereas the character continues to be heat and well-intentioned, she’s misplaced most of that empathetic wit.

Alas, in 21 years, we’ve gone from Opa! to nope-a. What’s the Greek origin for the phrase “disappointment?”

My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony 3 opens in theaters on Friday, September 8