Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Stale & Bizarre
Are you the type of person that listens to recommendations on movie websites, such as Netflix.com? Ever wonder how they determine which movies to recommend? Well, if you are a fan of a movie…let’s just say Grumpy Old Men, it may start looking for comedies starring old people or perhaps movies starring the same actors. So you may get The Bucket List, Cocoon, or J.K. Simmon’s film, 3 Geezers! Are these recommendations really any good, though? Or should they consider the element of old people as well as a similar movie rating? 3 Geezers! had quite a bit of a lower rating than Grumpy Old Men, and in such, did not feel like it belonged in the recommendations section of a popular movie website.
J. Kimble is an actor that feels is being forced into a role that his wife’s baby brother wrote. This role requires Kimble to play a man in his eighties, so to prepare for the role, Kimble brings along a camera crew to an old-people’s home to investigate their lives for the part. The thing is, these people are not what he expected…at all. It tells him that maybe the best years are yet to come, and along the way, Kimble runs into some familiar faces of Hollywood.
The “K” in J.K. Simmons is indeed Kimble, so in a way J.K. Simmons is playing himself in this role, as is every other comedian that shows up. That part was actually smart, because who can be funnier than themselves? The only problem was that the advertising on the movie poster was a blatant lie. If you look closely at the poster, our actors joining the team never took promo shots for it. Those were older pictures that had nothing to do with this project, and every other actor than J.K. Simmons shows up for maybe ten seconds at the most each. That’s right, everyone, the poster insinuates an ensemble comedy, but everyone that shows up…just shows up as a cameo. The people that were actually in the movie the most…the old people…aren’t in the poster. That is false advertisement, and they should be ashamed.
Next, the entire plot is trying hard to survive off of the sheer idea of old people acting young, and J.K. Simmons putting on his best John Krasinsky impersonation as a reaction to all of the stupid stuff the old people do. That’s it. The plot is so weak, which isn’t undiscovered territory for mockumentaries, but it is usually done in a hilarious light…presentation is key here, and this had a horrific presentation. J.K. Simmons cannot work very well with a mockumentary project.
This film isn’t even that long, either. In fact, the movie doesn’t even reach an hour and a half, yet it feels much longer because it just won’t let up. It makes sense for old people to be doing young and stupid things…that alone is funny, and might even do well as a thirty-second viral video on Youtube…for a couple of days. It just doesn’t work well as a full feature-length movie. It gets old after maybe…the first scene. What will happen is you will be waiting patiently for something to happen, because you know it will…it has to…there are huge actors on the poster, right? Nothing happens, the actors are there in boring scenes for about 10 seconds each…that is when you get disappointed, friends.
It just isn’t worth it to pay money to watch this, even if you’re already using a subscription service. Don’t pay to buy this, don’t even pay to rent this. If you get the chance to watch it for free, skip it.
3 Geezers! comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Aug. 13!