Lethal Weapon 3



Violent action sequel on par with rest of series.
  • Review Date: November 14, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 118 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Violence is used to solve conflicts. A few homophobic jokes.


Onscreen shootings, electrocution, death by ax, death by fire.


Kissing, light petting.


Lots of foul language.


Coca-Cola, Exxon.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol, smoking, portrayed in a negative light.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains lots of violence and the suggestion of sex. The violence isn't especially graphic in this installment of the series. No one seems to suffer or bleed that much, but there are several onscreen deaths. There are also a few homophobic jokes.

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What's the story?

LETHAL WEAPON 3 returns to the tried-and-true formula of guns, jokes, and male bonding. After a botched attempt to diffuse a bomb, detectives Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are bussed down to the position of patrol officer. While Murtaugh contemplates retirement, Riggs finds himself smitten with no-nonsense internal affairs agent Lorna Cole (Renee Russo). Riggs, Murtaugh and Cole team up to stop former cop Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson) from supplying guns to gang members. The mission turns deadly when a young cop dies and Lorna is shot, and once again, a revenge-fueled Riggs goes after the culprits.

Is it any good?


As most series do, the Lethal Weapon series gets sillier and more self-referential as it progresses. However, this film also features the beginnings of a social messages: The plot follows the path of illegally sold guns, from the runners to the kid on the street. The film deals briefly and indirectly with the issue of race, particularly the chronic involvement of young black men in gang warfare.


This installment focuses more on Murtaugh's problems than Riggs'. As in all films in the series, there's an abrupt shift in mood from humor to violent death about halfway through. The fate of Lorna leaves a slightly less bleak resolution, in which Riggs may not keep having to avenge the deaths of the women he loves. Overall, there isn't anything remarkable about this film, but it manages to deliver all the elements that fans of the series have come to expect.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sequels. Why do they get made? Are they ever as good as the originals? What are some of the common problems that plague the newer installments? Do you like seeing the same characters come to life again?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 15, 1992
DVD release date:December 15, 1998
Cast:Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Mel Gibson
Director:Richard Donner
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:118 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence and language

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Adult Written byChris LP November 23, 2008

An iffy sequel to two great movies

This sequel is no where near as good as Lethal Weapon or Lethal Weapon 2. But, anyway, the same as the first two: Violence and language are pretty strong, but sex is not an issue with this film.
Adult Written byprofessionalmov... September 25, 2015

Funny...ish. Tons of language and explosions.

This movie is ok. It has humour and it has voilence... A lot of it! There are tons of explosions, head shots and snipes. The language is just hideous. The main thing I can remember about this movie is the constant uses of 'son of a b-tch'. The characters say that so many times, you get bored of it and you want to turn it off. Tons of uses of f--k, s--t, p---y, b-tch and so much more. This movie should only be watched by mature 15 year olds and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byage 10+ May 27, 2012

Great Third installment In A Great Series


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