Nia Vardalos Returns

It’s hard believing My Big Fat Greek Wedding is now over twenty years old. The indie flick became a cult smash at the box office and has now spawned two sequels. Toula Portokalos (returning star Nia Vardalos) and her wacky Greek American family are back in the lovable My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, an enjoyably light romp as Toula and members of her extended family visit Greece for a highly anticipated reunion.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is harmless fun riffing on the nuances of Greek American culture. While the trite ethnic jokes have grown a little stale, there’s a kind heart at the center of this pleasant sequel which has been written and directed by Vardalos. Consider it an extended commercial for visiting Greece with old friends along for the ride.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is harmless fun riffing on the nuances of Greek American culture

Toula, her husband Ian (John Corbett), and their wayward daughter in college Paris (Elena Kampouris) take a trip to Greece with several other family members. It’s ostensibly a reunion with the small Greek village Toula’s deceased father grew up in, where she hopes to deliver a special journal he kept to his surviving friends who lost touch. It’s a comedic adventure that ends in yet another wedding for the franchise and a few surprises along the way, including a surprise family member Toula didn’t know before.

The returning cast does a fine job. While technically headliner Nia Vardalos is the star, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is an ensemble piece with laughs and a little drama. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a romcom but there are easygoing romantic sub-plots, serving more as garnish than a main course.

Do all the jokes land? Hardly, but the performers are talented enough to paper over those occasionally rocky moments. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 isn’t laugh out loud funny but brings a warm, understanding smile. It’s the fluffy entertainment audiences sometimes need in place of serious drama. While I’m not begging for a fourth installment, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is a decent waste of time if you feel like visiting the Greek Isles.

Video

Universal delivers excellent video quality for the often sparkling 2.39:1 presentation. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 was filmed on location in Greece and its glossy cinematography takes full advantage of the often gorgeous locale. While videophile perfection doesn’t seem to have been the top priority for filmmaker Nia Vardalos, there’s enough eye candy in the vivid exteriors for those wanting a glimpse at Athens and the surrounding areas. By most considerations, pristine digital video with a smooth contrast and inky black levels.

The main features runs 91 minutes on a BD-50, nicely encoded in transparent AVC. The depth and dimensionality are superb, befitting newer digital workflows in 4K and even 8K resolution. While the 1080p video is a tick below perfect Blu-ray video, this is a nice-looking presentation unmarred by blemishes and technical defects.

If the expected demographics for this family comedy were different, methinks Universal would have issued a 4K UHD. Alas, they skipped UHD so the film is only available in 4K resolution on streaming services.

Audio

A spacious surround mix when necessary, the third installment receives healthy 5.1 DTS-HD MA sound. A few Greek covers of familiar pop tunes fill the musical soundtrack. It’s a dialogue-driven comedy most of the time but becomes lively in several key scenes, including a gigantic wedding celebration which caps the film. Ample bass is sprinkled throughout the movie. Clean, intelligible dialogue reproduction is a constant.

Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles play in a white font inside the 2.39:1 presentation at all times. A Spanish dub in 5.1 DTS and 2.0 Dolby Digital DVS are also offered.

Extras

Somewhat of a throwback release, Universal issues My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Included is a Movies Anywhere digital copy which redeems in HDX quality. A glossy slipcover is available on early pressings. There’s not a lot of meat to the special features beyond the welcome commentary, serving up an obligatory featurette with a couple of cast members.

Feature Commentary with writer / director Nia Vardalos – Much like the film itself, Nia’s commentary is a breezy and pleasant look into her creative process. I think fans of the series will enjoy this mostly informative discussion.

Gag Reel (07:43 in HD)

Deleted & Extended Scenes (02:11 in HD)

On Set With Nia Vardalos (03:21 in HD) – A short dive behind the scenes.

Opa! The Making of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Featurette (07:00 in HD)

Wedding Drum Song Extended Take (01:00 in HD)

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Summary

It’s likely not going to win over new audiences but fans of Nia Vardalos and her wacky Greek family will eat up the enjoyable antics as they travel to Greece for a reunion

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