3 Strikes (2000)



Critic Consensus: 3 Strikes lacks direction and its low-brow humor isn't even that funny.

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Noted hip-hop producer DJ Pooh, who co-wrote the urban comedy Friday, makes his directorial debut with this comedy-drama. A young African-American man is enjoying his freedom after his second stretch in prison. Under the "three strikes and you're out" law, another brush with the police could mean life behind bars, so he's determined to stay out of trouble. He quickly learns, however, that trouble has a way of finding him, no matter where he goes. DJ Pooh also stars in 3 Strikes, alongside N'Bushe Wright and Brian Hooks.
R (Pervasive Language, Strong Sexual Content, Some Drug Use, A Brief Scene of Violence)
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Brian Hooks
as Rob Douglas
N'Bushe Wright
as Juanita
as Mike
David Alan Grier
as Det. Jenkins
Dean Norris
as Officer Roberts
Mike Epps
as Crackhead
Meagan Good
as Buela
as Dahlia
Antonio Fargas
as Uncle Jim
Harmonica Fats
as Grandpa
Big Boy
as Dre
Angela Wright
as Joaney
Phil Morris
as Mr. Libowitz
Jerry Dunphy
as As Himself
D.J. Pooh
as Taxi Driver, Trick Turner/Taxi Driver
John Verea
as Saldamo
Richard Fancy
as Captain
as Inmate
Kam Hon
as Inmate
as Inmate
Roger White
as Inmate
David Leisure
as District Attorney
Bob Cherry
as Aerobic Video Girl
Dennis Howard
as Governor
Shawn Fonteno
as Big Mo
Rashaan Nall
as T-Bird
as Charita
Melanie Comarcho
as Woman In Police Station
Angela Tracy
as Fly Female
Bennet Guillory
as Stan Wilson
Marcus Morton
as Taxi Driver
Michele Maika
as Hotel Concierge
Rod Garr
as Hospital Guard
Regino Montes
as Old Man
Jeff Garcia
as Valet
Bruce Fairburn
as Patrol Officer
Kevin Finn
as Patrol Officer
King T
as Liquor Store Thug
Terence Winter
as Patrol Officer
Christel Cottrell
as Receptionist
Jascha Washington
as Little Boy
King T.
as Liquor Store Thug
as Aerobic Video Girl
Sacha Kemp
as Aerobic Video Girl
Elan Carter
as Aerobic Video Girl
Avonte' Cherie
as Aerobic Video Girl
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

Relies much too heavily on multiple repetitions of gags that aren't especially funny the first time around.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Top Critic

Unoriginal and insulting, 3 Strikes goes down without scoring a single chuckle.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Sophomoric and unfunny.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Pooh's 3 Strikes aims a good deal higher in concept than, say, your average booty movie - but the crude, witless jokes are on exactly that level.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Designed for a lowest-common-denominator audience segment.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Pooh wastes a wonderful cast.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for 3 Strikes

Three Strikes (DJ Pooh, 2000) [originally posted 6Mar2000] Lesson one: never let the only person at the table neither of you has ever met choose the movie you're going to see that night. Lesson two: "dinner and a movie" these days must, by necessity, have the movie first. You can't plan a dinner to finish just around the time that movies start unless you make it yourself. Once upon a time there was a rapper and his DJ. The DJ had written a movie script, and the rapper wanted to to star in it. It came out about the same time as eighty-seven-and-a-half other movies starring rappers, and there wasn't really much to distinguish it save the presence of an up-and-coming comedian who later went on to superstardom. And I don't know whether Chris Tucker is the reason, or something else, but Friday--written by Pooh and starring Ice Cube-- became a cult hit. It's still almost impossible to rent, years later, and when it shows up on prime time television, it gets ratings good enough to put it in the top twenty or so for the week. This, of course, makes Pooh think "hey, my movie must be better than the rest of them. Maybe I should try it again." In one month, Pooh has had two movies pop up-- Next Friday, the sequel to Friday, and Three Strikes. Everyone and their brother has already panned the former, so I don't need to add my own thoughts. But I haven't seen any reviews of Three Strikes yet. So I still get to chime in. The story revolves around Robert Duncan (Brian Hooks), a two-time offender who gets out of prison and, thanks to a series of misadventures, finds himself in a shootout over a stolen car. Knowing that he's going to jail for good if the cops think he's involved in some way, he runs, and spends the rest of the movie on the run from the cops while trying to patch things up with his girfriend (N'Bushe Wright), avoid the friends of the car thief/shooter he left in the lurch, and calm his dysfunctional family. The usual misadventures occur that one sees in a movie such as this. And that's the problem with this flick-- it's the usual, the usual, and more of the usual. Some funny stuff, because Pooh really is good at writing comedy, but for the most part a lot of talented comic castmembers fall flat. David Alan Grier, as the primary on the Duncan case, falls flat in almost every scene. Vincent Schiavelli is completely forgettable as Duncan's parole officer, and David Leisure doesn't have enough screen time to really get his shtick into gear. These performances balance out the good stuff-- Wright, Faison Love as the all-too-likable bad guy, and Duncan's deadpan sidekick, played by... uhhhhhh... IMDB isn't listing most of the players here. D'oh! In any case, it might be worth a rental. If you're a DJ Pooh completist or just like staring at N'Bushe Wright. Otherwise, ignore it and let it slip into the well-deserved obscurity waiting for it. **

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Couple good actors but not a lot of funny parts could have been way better 3 stars maybe over rated.

Cornelius  Cotton
Cornelius Cotton

This movie was very funny. I have it on my shelf. All of those writing crappy reviews are tight asses!! The same people saying this movie isnt funny, is the same people that find Burn after Reading hilarious, which was a total bore!

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