When it comes to movies about potheads, you have great movies, like the fine medical bud you can find in Colorado, and you have the terrible schwag that the neighbor kid is growing in his back yard. So I decided to check out “Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It” to see what kind of pot movies Canada grows.
Robb Wells, Mike Smith and John Paul Tremblay are back with another installment of the cult hit, Trailer Park Boys. The boys have a problem, and it’s a unique one for a pothead. Ottawa is about to legalize weed. The problem is that Ricky had a lucrative pot business. Julian is making a killing selling clean pee he collects from a military base for people hoping to scam drug tests. Bubbles just inherited a house. Insert road trip to fight the good fight against marijuana legalization.
Cute premise, but unfortunately, most of the jokes have been recycled from the first two films. Nothing really new happens in this installment and the whole shaky camera thing is getting tired. I don’t know why, but I thought the Trailer Park Boys were hilarious three years ago. Now I don’t. Maybe I’m over the fad and I have a feeling America is starting to get over the fad.
I mean, these guys have made a lot of money on their movies. Isn’t it time to upgrade to a real cameraman? The whole shaky amateur feel wasn’t what made these guys great. It was the plotlines, characters and dialog. They’d lose nothing if they put a little more focus on quality.
Despite all this, there are still a few laugh out loud moments, particularly when Bubbles is on the scene. There’s also a cute flashback to the three’s childhood that is just plain hilarious, considering how little changed between then and now.
There are a few running jokes that still haven’t lost their glow. For example, shirtless Randy’s shirt-lessness despite the weather or location continues to be funny as he’s put into new backgrounds. Sometimes, the movie achieves goofball status, but it’s still fun.
The documentary style (as seen on shows like The Office) is getting a bit tired, but it still works for Trailer Park Boys. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to say any other way this film would work.
The stars have melded well with their characters, to the point where you start to wonder if this is who the guys really are. That hasn’t changed from the first few movies. But the fact is, it’s starting to wear a little thin.
This might be an excellent option for those who followed the television series and the other two movies. However, it’s probably not a place for newbie’s to start, as it really isn’t their best work. It’s a shame, because the premise was good and right up these guys’ allies. If you’re wondering what kind of humor it is, think “Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. These are not moral, upstanding characters, so them getting on the side of law and order is a fun twist.
If you are a fan of the series, this might be worth the watch. However, if you’re new to it, I recommend you start elsewhere.
WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!