Housefull 1 was a very funny movie, no two ways about it. Unless youre a really difficult person to please that movie would have made you laugh. It almost made us think that Sajid Khan, with all his shortcomings, could at least give us a decent laugh (then Himmatwala and Humshakals happened), and the films box-office performance sparked off a franchise. Housefull 2 wasnt as funny, but it had its laugh-out-loud moments (courtesy Akshay Kumar and Johnny Lever), and you at least walked away from it amused. Given that Sajid-Farhad, the writers of the first two films direct Housefull 3, one would expect it to at least move along the same lines. However, it turns out to be so disappointing that even Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, and Boman Irani, with all their impeccable comic timings, cannot salvage this film.
Lets begin with the plot (for lack of a better word) that revolves around how Akshay, Riteish, and Abhishek feign being lame, blind, and mute to gain favor with Boman and marry his daughters Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon, and Nargis Fakhri. Enter Jackie Shroff, and our three dudes have to interchange their disabilities to impress him because it turns out that hes actually the girls daddy dear. In all fairness, this presented a recipe for genuinely funny comedy, but all that Sajid-Farhad offer up is one harebrained, unfunny gag after another.
Random gags (that are funny only according to Director-writer duo Sajid-Farhad and their cowriter K. Subash) and a few repetitive set pieces constitute the entire films screenplay, thats it. Sample this for some strange reason, most of the movie revolves around a massive garden lawn, the façade of a palatial mansion (not even the mansion itself), and a wax museum that looks straight out of Dharavi, which bring you to the question, what was that massive budget of the movie utilized for?
Coming back to the gags, they oscillate between three notes unfunny, cringe-worthy, and pain-inducing. There are films where the jokes fall flat, and then theres Housefull 3, which makes you want to break into an impromptu standup comedy act just so that your fellow viewers could leave with some small dose of laughter for the money theyve paid. Thankfully, the makers have steered clear of homophobic jokes or below-the-belt humor this time. Sadly, they also have seemed to stay away from the jokes, too. And the songs, well, suffice it to say that they have a reputation to uphold in keeping with the rest of the film.
When a Director makes you miss Sajid Khans skills, or rather the lack of them, behind the camera, you know that something has gone terribly wrong right from the scripting stage to the final finishing touches. And, just so if you get lured into that pointless argument of leaving your brains at home and just enjoying some brainless entertainment, then ask yourself how can something be entertaining if its already being declared as brainless. Jacqueline, Lisa, Nargis, and Abhishek, and Jackie Shroff wander aimlessly through the entire movie while Akshay, Riteish, and Boman do their best to salvage this mess, but when each line in a comedy fails miserably, the plot is in total shambles, and the jokes are something even six-year olds would find juvenile, then what could expect even good actors to do. Even Aakhri Pasta one of the highlights of the first two films makes this one look like an unfunny raasta.
Movified Rating: 2/5 stars
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