Men in Black III


Men in Black III

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It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.



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In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. -- (C) Sony

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Will Smith
as Agent J
Josh Brolin
as Young Agent K
Jemaine Clement
as Boris the Animal
Mike Colter
as Colonel
Nicole Scherzinger
as Boris' Girlfriend
Michael Chernus
as Jeffrey Price
Alice Eve
as Young Agent O
Bill Hader
as Andy Warhol
Cayen Martin
as Colonel's Son
Clarke Thorell
as Prison Guard #1
Adam Mucci
as Prison Guard #2
Tom McComas
as Prison Guard #3
Douglas Crosby
as Prison Guard #4
Woodie King Jr.
as 2012 MIB HQ Guard
Jack A. O'Connell
as 1969 MIB HQ Guard
Tobias Segal
as 1969 MIB Agent #1
John Shaver
as 1969 MIB Agent #2
Gerrit van der Meer
as 1969 MIB Agent #3
Violet O'Hara
as Little Chocolate Milk Girl
Valence Thomas
as Coney Island Hippie
Chloe Sonnenfeld
as Coney Island Flower Child
Lanny Flaherty
as Obadiah Price
Jonathan O'Hara
as MIB Desk Agent
Rick Baker
as Brain Alien
Joseph D'Onofrio
as New York Mets Fan #1
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as New York Mets Fan #2
Katy Frame
as Diner Waitress
Kevin Townley
as Funky 60's Dude
Tyler Johnson
as Muscle Boy at Happening
Kati Rediger
as Muscle Boy's Girlfriend at Happening
Víctor Ortíz
as Air Force MP #1
Ian Blackman
as Car Theft Victim
Jeremy Beiler
as Hotel Doorman
Liliane Klein
as Screaming Lady on Ferris Wheel
Britt Johnson
as Detained Teenage Alien
Jared Johnston
as Neil Armstrong
Ken Arnold
as Buzz Aldrin
Jonathan Drew
as Michael Collins
Joel Brady
as 1969 Man in Elevator
David Pittu
as Roman The Fabulist
Lenny Venito
as Bowling Ball Head
Anthony J. Gallo
as Four-Armed Alien
James Martin Kelly
as 1969 NYPD Cop #1
Will McLaughlin
as 1969 NYPD Cop #2
Kimmy Suzuki
as Mr, Wu's Bartender
Javier Jose Rivera Nieves
as Tranvestite at Happening
Barry Sonnenfeld
as Husband Watching Launch
Susan Ringo
as Wife Watching Launch
Stephanie Ellis
as Young Wife #1 Watching Launch
Ben Brown
as Young Husband #1 Watching Launch
Amy Erwitt
as Young Wife #2 Watching Launch
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Critic Reviews for Men in Black III

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  • The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage.

    Jan 8, 2013
  • The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second.

    May 25, 2012 | Full Review…
  • It turns out to be reasonably entertaining, though not enough to make me crave Men in Black 4.

    May 25, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that makes up for the first hour's sequelitis.

    May 25, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • If, inevitably, it's not as fresh or inventive as the original, it does that thing of riffing on the old favourites in a way that flatters the audience's familiarity pretty well.

    May 25, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks.

    May 25, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Men in Black III

MIB3 takes place 14 years after the events of the first film and history has been altered by an escaped convict captured by agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) who went back in time and killed agent K in the past when he "attempted" to capture him. Agent J (Will Smith) is now going back in time to try and save K from being killed by this said alien. Like with the other 2 MIB films, the films have extremely good CG and the designs of the aliens all look incredibly interesting and innovative and this movie is no exception in fact these aliens I think look the best out of the past aliens in the other two films. Mainly the main villain Boris the animal, mainly due to the fact that you get little glimpses of what he can do and some little hints of his true form but you never see him in his true alien form until the last 20 minutes and its only for a few seconds. The main thing where this movie shines is in the acting. The acting compared to the other movies is incredibly well done and probably the best acting i've seen in a while in a film. The character interactions with J and the young K (Josh Brolin) is just hysterical and the two both work off each other very well in moving the plot along and are both just flat out entertaining to watch interact with each other and the other characters. Also Boris the animal is a very, very intimidating villain and my favorite of the villains in the three films. The sheer anger and enjoyment that is shown in this performance is just incredible and he is much more developed villain rather than in the second film or the villain in the first film who were majorly underdeveloped in my mind and just not that interesting. Sure they were intimating but they were never really interesting villains and were just there for the sake of being the villain. One performance that I really enjoyed though being only in the movie for only about 5 minutes was Bill Hader as Andy Warhol AKA Agent W. This performance, though very short is just flat out hilarious mainly due to how he interacts with Will Smiths character and how he hates his guts so much and how well he pulls off Andy Warhol so well and shifting from calm and cool to just a flat out dick in every sense of the word. Overall MIB3 is a major improvement over the second film and to me is the best of the three films and yes I enjoy the first film but nowhere near as much as the third film. Its well acted, has a fantastic plot and has some great effects. Final rating 4*S out of 5

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

An enjoyable but forgettable sequel that doesn't bring anything new to the series. This time we don't have so much of that onscreen chemistry between Smith and Jones (who is absent during most of the film), but Brolin steals the show as a younger version of Jones.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck, common sense, good ol' boy (does this conceit still carry currency? you betcha ... so much for the 21st century ushering in dynamic social change) returns to seduce you to pony over more popcorn money as the time travel card is laid out to spice up the old aliens among us formula. Luckily the stars bring the charm to keep sleep away while the hoary old chestnut is pranced about. And guess how it ends? They really like each other after all. More popcorn please.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I have to admit that I was never much of a fan of this franchise, feeling that it relied too much on special effects and a one trick pony gimmick. However, this 3rd installment tickled my funny bone, and while not perfect (some rather awkward moments to be sure), this one delivered the goods in a sort of offbeat, Twin Peaks sorta way (homage to the pie). I thought that the time travel aspect of the film was serviceable and capably handled, and the entire enterprise has a certain gleam in its eye, managing to straddle the fence between farce and realism. The two stars work well together and Josh Brolin is just fine as the younger Tommy Lee Jones. I'm not going to reveal much of the plot, other than to say that an arch villain has escaped from maximum security (a very nice beginning sequence) and gets access to a time machine, where he intends to go back to 1969 and warn his younger self that Jones is after him. As the two MIB hunt down clues to the villain's whereabouts in both present and past, we are led into several set pieces that range from mildly funny to hilarious - like a confrontation and shootout in a Chinese Restaurant. There's also a funny touch when a femme fatale brings a cake to the prison - said cake is wobbling, while her abundant cleavage is not - gotta love it! Back in time they meet up with Andy Warhol - a scene that could use some salt, but paves the way to a meeting with a creature who can see a myriad of alternate realities. This leads to some truly funny and yet heartfelt moments, as this character holds the soul of the film and allows Jones and Will Smith the opportunity to do some male bonding that otherwise wouldn't play true to the characters. At film's end when Jones states in his usual flat tone "it was an honor", the words carry so much more than a film of this type has a right to expect - and yet it rings true and poignant; to be followed by a bit of hip levity that you'd expect from the brand, and yet was so sorely lacking in the 2nd installment.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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