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That’s Enough Big Fat Greek Weddings

That’s Enough Big Fat Greek Weddings

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is uncomfortable to watch, squandering whatever goodwill the series once had. Focus Features September 8, 2023, 8 AM ET Listen to this article Produced by ElevenLabs and NOA, News Over Audio, using AI narration. In 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding became a genuine phenomenon. Written by and starring the then-little-known Nia Vardalos, the film made nearly 50 times its modest $5 million budget at the domestic box office, and remained in theaters for an entire year. As formulaic as the plot may have been—a woman falls for a man with a different background—the script was clever, coupling familiar romantic-comedy tropes with culture-clash humor. Clichés about the Greek American lifestyle blanketed the script, but they charmed thanks to an enthusiastic ensemble cast. As my colleague Megan Garber observed, the movie “was a big hunk of baklava: layered, nutty, shockingly sweet.” Whatever fluffy lightness the original film contained has largely deflated in the two decades since—and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, the latest sequel after a forgettable second installment …