Housefull 3 - Review

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For what it's worth, I'd consider it a positive that I didn't find it too much of a torture.

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Someone I know read out a forwarded joke with full enthusiasm, “Listen to this one, it is hilarious! Why do chickens sit on eggs? Because they don't have chairs.” I am stumped trying to figure out why this is funny. “How do they even think of this stuff!? Hats off to their brains!”, she goes on. I refrain from trying to point out that chickens don't sit on eggs. That is exactly the kind of humor Housefull 3 carries. It doesn't make you laugh much but you are dumbstruck thinking about the process which might have brought out the joke – the overall plot, the situations, the puns, the slapstick, everything. That awe takes the edge off the torture but there is enough in the form of regressive concepts, racism, sexism and other forms of insensitivity that you would rather avoid.

The two main types of humor that Housefull 3 banks on are the forwarded variety or the kind that are with the intention of being insensitive. There is a third type in the form of performances, but of the lot only Akshay Kumar puts in all his energy. While it still didn't make me laugh, he was doing a lot more than just contorting his face. Of course, he was the only one who had a character with scope for doing more. Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh don't really have much to make their characters look or feel different from each other. Boman Irani too is the typical loud character you would find in every slapstick.

Similarly, the ladies Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakhri play the regular props who are supposed to make us differentiate between cultured and uncultured women by their attire. Oh well.

Actually I got one good laugh. It was a real hoot to see how self-aware the film-makers are. They actually included a scene that confesses and apologizes for all that is wrong about the film. It is always funny when people know that what they are doing is wrong and go ahead and do it anyway.

As far as the story goes, it is hard to say whether there was some method to the silliness or we have gotten used to it so much that it seems like the new normal. Just a different shade of intolerable.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Slapsticky slapping around
  • Language: Mostly clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad women. Mention of pre-marital sex.
  • Concept: 3 men have to act as if they are crippled or blind or mute. This leads to some confusion and then some more.
  • General Look and Feel: The usual Housefull series brightness and loudness

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 1.5
  • Story: 2
  • Lead Actors: 2.5
  • Character Artists: 1.5
  • Dialogues: 1
  • Screenplay: 1.5
  • Music Director: 1
  • Lyrics: 1

Housefull 3 - Trailer

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Fan:

Houseful was alright (for me, not for the serious movie loving kind).

Houseful 2 was quite loud, but at the BO it still did magic.

Houseful 3 trailer looks to be going on same lines sans Sajid Khan. The last snippet in the trailer makes me wonder if it is not partly inspired by the black and white classic - Dekh Kabira Roya?

Anuj:

He was always popular among the masses and has now expanded his fan base among the urban audiences as well. For every urban entertainer like BABY, he can deliver a mass entertainer like GABBAR. For every intense socio political drama like AIRLIFT, he can deliver an outright slapstick comedy like Housefull 3. All this in a span of 18 months. That's Akshay Kumar for you! #ThumbsUp

TimELiebe:

Wait - how did Abhishek Bachchan end up in the Housefull series, anyway? Isn't that kind of like "I just did a hit comedy with some slightly controversial theme - so I'm going to do the second sequel to a series that partly uses that movie as a punchline?"

Big B must be so proud of his kid sliding into Direct-to-Video fare....

Anuj:

I guess there are 3 kinds of comedies in Hindi cinema today. One is the dark/adulterated theme like Delhi Belly, Kaminey and Phas Gaya Re Obama. Udta Punjab seems to be following the trend. I love most of it as long as they're watchable. The second is the cheap, vulgar sexual innuendo filled stuff (which i don't mind at all if genuinely funny, which unfortunately never happens in bollywood films of this genre) like Grand Masti and Kya Kool Hain Hum series. The third is the worst of the lot. The mindless, loud over the top slapstick stuff popularized by the likes of Rohit Shetty, Anees Bazmee and Sajid Khan. The only movie i've genuinely liked in this genre is Golmaal 1 and Singh Is King (in bits and pieces). Even the much hyped blockbuster Chennai Express was an exercise in boredom for me. Gone are the days of rib tickling clean common man comedies like Bawarchi, Chupke Chupke, Chashme Baddoor or even Namak Halal for that matter. Raju Hirani does have that knack but even he's having to include toilet jokes and sexual humor to make his movies viable these days. Perhaps that's what even family audiences want these days!

meeta:

@Fan You want to watch it?

@Anuj I can't even make myself mention Chupke Chupke in the same breath as ...

@TimELiebe ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fan:

@Meeta: I have not yet watched it - got other things higher on the priority list - but I would watch it (most likely will be on TV). I don't mind such brainless comedy - as long as I go with the right expectations into a movie experience it is alright.

The Houseful and Welcome genre are your typical WhatsApp 1-liner jokes or your laugh-in-the-face comedy shows that are mushrooming on Indian TV channels. Treat each dialogue as a gag and nothing more than that. These are not movies that you want to remember for a long time, whole purpose is to go in - have enough laugh out loud moments - come out - and forget about it.

I do understand that such kind of films do not appeal to everybody. They are as the cliché goes - for the masses and not for the classes.

Ekta Sharma:

Overall movie help us to smile. Akshay paly good role with jaq. Other actor and actress also play good role. Must watch it when you feel Stressed.

TimELiebe:

@Meeta - so you don't know WTF Little B is doing these days, either?

Lovely....

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