Thursday, June 3, 2021

Three Pints And A Rabbi Review: Grab A Drink, You Might Need It

Directed by  Richard Perry	...	(as Richard J. Perry)Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)   Cassia Littler	 Richard Perry	...	(as Richard J. Perry)Cast   Amanda Abbington	Amanda Abbington	...	Lisa Michael Maloney	Michael Maloney	...	Ian Jordan Stephens	Jordan Stephens	...	Frankie Hannaj Bang Bendz	Hannaj Bang Bendz	...	Eve

Release date: April 30, 2021
Running time: 73 minutes
Starring: Amanda Abbington, Michael Maloney, Jordan Stephens, Hannaj Bang Bendz
Directed By: Richard Perry
Written By: Cassia Littler, Richard Perry

When three dazed and confused strangers wake up in a pub to a dead woman lying on the table with hefty chunks of flesh missing, they must figure out what happened to her in order to ensure they don't meet the same fate.

Three Pints And A Rabbi starts off well, with a nice setting and brooding classical music.  The film takes place in an old style bar, with plenty of wood grain and a classic feel.  And the classical music that starts the movie off is a welcome addition to this.  I really liked the setting and the characters that gathered together to tell this story.  They all felt quite random, but there was a nice variety in them.  Each came from very different walks of life with different ideas about how to deal with this very strange situation they are thrust into.  And overall, this was a good setup for this slightly ridiculous film.

However, after the good setup, the film just did not come together.  First and foremost, the film was not very funny.  There is definitely a good effort put into making the movie a humorous affair, and the cast does a good job injecting their personalities into the film, but overall I was not laughing as much as I would hope for this type of film.  The film has a slapstick style at times which really needs the jokes to hit, and these were missing. Additionally, the overall situation that everyone finds themselves in is a unique one, but the underlying solution just feels like too convenient of an explanation.  I wish there had been some more buildup to get to the ultimate conclusion, something that would have made it feel like a more unique scenario.  And additionally, the movie itself is not very long, but it reuses some footage over and over.  I am not sure if that was meant to remind the audience or if the film had to be padded out for a more robust runtime, but in a movie that is 73 minutes long reusing footage just stood out.  Overall, I wanted to like this film much more than I ended up, and after the promising premise I was let down by humor that just did not connect with me.

Three Pints And A Rabbi takes a ridiculous situation and good setup, but then waters down the drinks with humor that did not connect with me and an unsatisfying conclusion. 

Pass on it.

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Three Pints And A Rabbi is available digitally on April 30, 2021.  

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