Three And Out (15)

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Comedy

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Tue Apr 22 2008

Having one passenger fall under his train  makes distracted driver Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook) look unfortunate, but by the second accident in under a month he starts to appear distinctly careless. Paul is played by the fish-eyed, sad-sack actor Mackenzie Crook, so he already looks miserable, but he cheers up considerably when work colleague, Ash (Rhashan Stone) informs him of the hush-hush ‘three and out’ rule – three deaths in one month and you get paid off. So, impecunious, aspirant writer Paul hatches a plan to scour London for a volunteer suicide and chances upon – as you do – Colm Meaney’s  desperate Tommy who is about to jump off Holborn Viaduct…

It was only a matter of time before ‘The Office’ star Crook was offered a lead in a Brit-com; but first-time director Jonathan Gershfield has a hard time harnessing his talents. In ‘Three and Out’s’ implausible, over-familiar and poorly written (by Steve Lewis and Tony Owen) early scenes, he offers a low-key presence – somewhere between hapless innocent, frightened rabbit and presumptuous fool. But things start to improve – slightly – as the movie develops into a more orthodox buddy movie and he’s shouldered out of the way by Meaney’s bolshier turn as repentant carouser, Tommy.

There are minor shades of ‘Withnail & I’ – as the mismatched pair head to the Lake District  in a vintage Merc  to facilitate Tommy’s dying wish to touch base with spikey, abandoned ex, Rosemary (Imelda Staunton) and daughter, Frankie (Gemma Arterton) – but it’s too gauche, too derivative and merely sporadically amusing.
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15

UK release:

Fri Apr 25, 2008

Duration:

106 mins

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Yvonne

Well I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and well done to Mackenzie Crook, whom I had suspected was a one-trick pony after The Office, but pleasantly surprised me with his portrayal of this rather complex character. A dark beginning, amusing middle section, and dark ending, made for an interesting and, dare I say it, almost original movie.

Yvonne

Well I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and well done to Mackenzie Crook, whom I had suspected was a one-trick pony after The Office, but pleasantly surprised me with his portrayal of this rather complex character. A dark beginning, amusing middle section, and dark ending, made for an interesting and, dare I say it, almost original movie.

mistabond

just watched this movie on sky thought it was very good,excellent cast and performances from all concerned,but i will say only watched it because there was nothing else on at time but glad I did very enjoyable.shocked to see how badly it has been recieved.

mistabond

just watched this movie on sky thought it was very good,excellent cast and performances from all concerned,but i will say only watched it because there was nothing else on at time but glad I did very enjoyable.shocked to see how badly it has been recieved.

Beanz

I thought it started off quite promisingly, but after 30 mins or so, it slows down to a grinding halt much like a train at a station. My girlfriend and I were tempted to switch off, and had Makenzie been an unknown actor, we probably would have. Giving him the benifit of the doubt was a BIG mistake. It's a steaming pile of horse shit.

moreteavicar

Don't be put off by the zany poster - much more than a daft bad-taste slapstick comedy. Some good performances esp Imelda S and interesting commentary on how we try to live meaningfully. Liked the Withnail references. + Finally something approaching a realistic portrayal of London on the big screen!

Brett Johnson

People are weird. I really liked this film. What's the big problem. Best Brit flick in ages apart from Bond

Brett Johnson

People are weird. I really liked this film. What's the big problem. Best Brit flick in ages apart from Bond

Holly Wells

I loved this film. London Underground regularly make me late for work and strike every bank holiday over pay. This is just one more bandwagon to jump on. The guy under the train thing makes up like 1% of the movie! Go and see it. The actors are really good in it. The story is moving!

Holly Wells

I loved this film. London Underground regularly make me late for work and strike every bank holiday over pay. This is just one more bandwagon to jump on. The guy under the train thing makes up like 1% of the movie! Go and see it. The actors are really good in it. The story is moving!

James Wren

People expect too much from Britsh FIlms. Tiny country,not much output, too much critical attention.If we could break a few more eggs then flicks like this would stand a better chance. It's trying too hard to be SUCCESSFUL instead of just trying to be a good movie.It's good in places, great actors but some of it is also piss poor. See it anyway. Most of you went to see the Star Wars Prequels so stop gobbing off about bad films!

stewmacher

We walked near the end, couldnt take another second, RUBBISH! save your cash for Indiana jones!!

Steve

Is this what British Cinema has come to? Don't waste you money. It's crap.

NIck

Well I decided to give this film a chance and go see it, despite checking some poor reviews here. All I can say is the negative reviews are valid. I l walked out towards the end. I know it's down to personal taste but trust me when I say this film is diabolical. I won't go into detail because I could go on for ever, I can only assume the people who leave the good reviews are the same kind of people who go and by an album like 'crazy frog' etc and reckon it's great music. But go see it and make up your own mind, Best advice I can give is, if you feel like walking out after half an hour - do it - it doesent get better , so don't waste anymore of your time. I gave it an hour and 15 mins and couldent bare it any longer even though it was near the end - I wasent even curious to know the outcome.

TingTong

Actually I really enjoyed it - it's a great British comedy. The whole suicide theme is not the main one - it's funny and touching - a real refreshing break from all that over polished Hollywood claptrap. I enjoyed it.

TingTong

Actually I really enjoyed it - it's a great British comedy. The whole suicide theme is not the main one - it's funny and touching - a real refreshing break from all that over polished Hollywood claptrap. I enjoyed it.

usman khawaja

i learnt something today if a london tube driver runs down three londoners like a tomato being sliced then he is retired away with a ten year lumpsome, how much are we going to be paid for watching this dumbsome dull dribble by the dastardly bad makers -almost like the tube fare evaders they need to be fined for this dreadful crime do not bother with this -i fell asleep