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Three and Out (2008)

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Death gives two men a new lease on life in this dark comedy from the UK. Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook) makes his living driving a subway train in London, though he'd like nothing more than to be able to quit his job, move to Scotland and devote his time to writing a novel. Paul isn't an especially cheerful guy under the best of circumstances, but he's been on edge since two people slipped off a platform and fell onto the tracks before he could stop his train. A fellow driver tells Paul that the London Underground rail system has a secret policy called "three and out," in which if a driver is responsible for three fatalities within a month, they'll be let go with a golden handshake equal to a decade's salary. Shocked but sensing an opportunity, Paul looks for someone wanting to kill themselves, and finds Tommy Cassidy (Colm Meaney), who Paul prevents from jumping off a bridge in a suicide attempt. Paul makes Tommy an offer -- if he'll throw himself under Paul's train, Paul will give him enough money to enjoy one last night on the town and still have enough to leave a nest egg for his family. Tommy agrees, and Paul takes him to Liverpool for a wild weekend, where they revel in the joys of petty crime and Paul attempts to romance Tommy's teenage daughter Frankie (Gemma Arterton) and his former wife Rosemary (Imelda Staunton). But what if Tommy enjoys himself enough that he doesn't feel like dying at Paul's behest on Monday? ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

MacKenzie Crook
as Paul Callow
Colm Meaney
as Tommy Cassidy
Imelda Staunton
as Rosemary Cassidy
Antony Sher
as Maurice
Gary Lewis
as Callaghan
Steve Money
as 'Muscles'
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Too gauche, too derivative and merely sporadically amusing.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

There's no light at the end of the tunnel in this misguided romp whose solitary redeeming feature is its quality cast.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008

Rare winning moments aside, Three and Out is unconvincing, uneven and unfunny: a severe points failure.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008

Ostensibly a black comedy, this Brit road movie engages most in its more reflective moments, focusing on characters' feelings of guilt, anger, sadness and regret.

Full Review… | April 21, 2008
Total Film

Interesting, but messy.

Full Review… | April 21, 2008
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Three and Out

I loved Three and Out. Everything about it was so good. The performances were great especially from the lead actors: Mackenzie Crook, Imelda Staunton and Colm Meaney. Three and Out is very much a dark comedy and it is hilarious in places, but also tragic in others. The ending is absolutely heart-breaking. (SPOILER ALERT) I was praying that Tommy Cassidy would have changed his mind, yet after everything that has happened, he still wants Paul Callow to kill him, which he does. I also loved the setting of the film. As a Londoner myself, I know full well why Paul Callow wants to leave London. Everyone in London is horrible and the noise is unbearable. Read my full review for more: http://goo.gl/mM9IxQ

James Linton
James Linton
½

If you like anything that has to do with the U.K., you'll probably like this. It's a bit sad until they get home to the family, then it picks up a little. Still, not quite the comedic romp it could've been.

Bad Teddy
Bad Teddy

There's no light at the end of the tunnel in this misguided romp whose solitary redeeming feature is its quality cast. Too gauche, too derivative and merely sporadically amusing.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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