3 Strikes

on March 03, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
On Rob's first day out of jail, he makes a vow never to return, for another trip to the bighouse would be his third strike and a mandatory 25-year sentence. But on his way to visit his girlfriend, Juanita (N'Bushe Wright), he ends up becoming public enemy number one. He's wanted not only by the police but also by the boys in the hood--all because his ride from jail begins in a stolen car and ends with him running away from a shootout. The cops think he is an accomplice while the local gangstas are mad because Rob didn't back up their friend who, as a result, was shot. The only way to clear his name is to acquire a tape with an accidentally recorded conversation and get it to his attorney. This is complicated by unwelcomed sexual attacks, reenactments of the Rodney King beating, shootings and many chases.
The filmmakers strive to capitalize on the demand for urban films but fail to produce a worthy product. In case you missed any of the genre's other entries, elements from all of them are incorporated (unsuccessfully) into this movie. The simplistic formula of "3 Strikes" relies on sexual humor, flatulence and references to not-so-current events, with the bombardment of mediocre jokes soon growing tiresome and repetitive. Having long before run out of material, the film winds down at a paltry 83 minutes, though audiences will no doubt appreciate the reduced sentence. Starring Brian Hooks, N'Bushe Wright, Faizon Love, David Allen Grier, and E40. Directed and Written by D.J. Pooh. Produced by Marcus Morton. An MGM release. Comedy. Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, some drug use and a brief scene of violence. Running time: 83 min.
Tags: Starring Brian Hooks, N'Bushe Wright, Faizon Love, David Allen Grier, E40, Directed, Written by D.J. Pooh. Produced by Marcus Morton, MGM, Comedy

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