Well, one of the favorite families of all time, none other than the Portokalos family, is back to entertain the viewers with yet another big fat Greek wedding. Directed by Nia Vardalos, the film titled Big Fat Greek Wedding focuses on the members of the Portokalos family reuniting in Greece after Gus’ death for a hilarious and heartwarming trip full of twists, love, and turns.
Produced by Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman the romantic comedy film stars Nia Vardalos plays Fotoula’s role, John Corbett plays Ian’s role, Louis Mandylor plays Nick’s role, Elena Kampouris plays Paris’s role, Lainie Kazan plays Maria’s role, Andrea Martin plays Theia’s role, Gia Carides plays Nikki’s role, and Joey Fatone plays Angelo’s role in the lead.
The film’s recurring cast stars Maria Vacratsis playing Freida’s role, Elias playing Aristotle’s role, Gerry Mendicino playing Uncle Taki’s role, and Melina Kotselou playing Victoria’s character.
Viewers felt the new part of the film franchise repeated several of the elements that people loved from the first two parts. The humor in the film was on point, similar to the first two parts.
The film did quite well at the box office with an overall collection of $1.71 M. Written by Nia Vardalos, and the film accounts for the events of the Portokalos family on an International trip following the death of the family’s patriarch. The third part of the film franchise failed to land with the viewers the same way the first two did.
Barry Peterson did the brilliant cinematography for the film that left the viewers in wonder about the locations that were used for filming. The romantic comedy film has a run time of 92 minutes, accounting for the hilarious turns and adventures that come in the Portokalos family’s life during their trip to Greece.
Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Recap
The film focuses on Toula’s intent to travel to Greece in order to pass along Gus, her father’s journal, to his childhood friends, but she struggles to find them due to most of them having left the small village for a better life. Toula takes help from two of her cousins, Nikki and Angelo, as she has several other things on her plate.
The movie begins with Toula narrating the events that took place in her life since the last film ended. Toula reveals to the viewers that Gus has passed away from natural causes, and Mari starts to suffer from Alzheimer’s. Toula, with her family, decides to travel to Greece for a reunion between Gus’s childhood friends and extended family.
On her trip to Greece, Toula is joined by Nick, Aunt Voula, Ian, Paris, and Aunt Frieda. Unknown to others, Aunt Frieda invited a school friend, Aristotle of Paris. Meanwhile, things become awkward between Paris and Aristotle as the pair used to date before Paris ghosted him.
Once the Portokalos arrive in Greece, they are greeted by Victory, a woman who claims to be the mayor of the small village where the reunion is supposed to take place. It turns out that Victory is distantly related to the Portokalos family; thus, they decide to treat her like a cousin. The Portokalos family drives to their destination, but not before dipping in the ocean water at the beach.
Once the family arrives, they realize the village is almost empty, and they are creeped out after Alexandra, a scary woman, informs Toula that she is almost her mother after she learns the fact that Toula is Gus’ daughter. The family is then brought to Gus’ old house, which only has a single bedroom for every member of the Portokalos family to sleep in.
Victory convinces Paris and Aristotle to join Qamar and Christos, her friends, for a night of partying at a nightclub. Qamar and Christos are in a committed relationship but have kept it under wraps because Christos’s orthodox father wants him to marry a Greek woman.
Meanwhile, Paris and Aristotle end up awkwardly dancing and having fun before it’s time for them to return home. The Portokalos family starts to go out to different places in the town to enjoy their vacation, where Toula gets hammered with Frieda and Voula. A drunk Toula befriends a monk by the water, hoping to get in touch with Gus’s childhood friends.
Toula soon discovers that most of Gus’ childhood friends have moved out of the small village for a better future. Meanwhile, Toula also notices a strangely attractive man following her around and keeping a watch on her. Alexandra hosts Victoria and the Portokalos, where she surprises the family with the man who was following Toula, and it turns out he is none other than Alexandra’s son.
It soon gets revealed that Gus had a child with Alexandra, who was named Philip. Gus never mentioned his other family before he met Maria, so they didn’t know about any of the Portokalos family. Meanwhile, the family meets Peter’s son Christos. Nick mistakenly blurts out about Christos dating Qamar, a fact that none of the family supports.
Meanwhile, Toula begins to form a bond with Peter, and the pair talks about Gus’ life in America. Toula continues to fail like a failure as she hasn’t been able to host a reunion like she hoped for. This is where Ian enters and informs her that he has acquired the list of Gus’s friends.
Qamar and Christos plan to elope and marry immediately, while Toula resigns to accepting that there isn’t going to be any reunion since she thinks no one will show up. On the day of the reunion, the Portokalos family helps Peter pull out a large stone that stops the water flow.
The family removes the stone that allows the water to return, which in turn helps the people in making their way back to the small village. Meanwhile, Qamar and Christos tie the knot, and Nick arrives with Gus’ friend at the reunion.
The film ends with Paris sharing a kiss with Aristotle and Nick discussing the family’s next head with Toula. The Portokalos family makes a return to America and brings Peter with them. The movie finally ends with the family gathering in a warm embrace.
Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Filming Locations
The filming of Big Fat Greek Wedding started in June of 2022, with Corfu as the prime location, and it wrapped up on 10 August 2022.
Known for architectural structures and ancient philosophers, a country filled with several scenic beauties, located in the southeastern part of Europe, Greece, was used by the production crew of Big Fat Greek Wedding for the filming of the entire movie.
Known for several historic landmarks, a city in Greece that is also the capital of the country, Athens, was used to film the airport part of the movie. The Athens airport was transformed by the crew of the romantic comedy movie to look like Chicago’s O’Hare.
Plaka served as one of the prime locations for the filming of the movie. A beautiful island on the northwest coast of the Ionian Sea, Corfu was used to film several parts of the movie. Another beautiful island located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini, was used to film the night wedding scene of Christos and Qamar.