Lethal Weapon 3

Movie review by
Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Violent action sequel on par with rest of series.
  • R
  • 1992
  • 118 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written bySircjalot November 7, 2018

The least violent Lethal Weapon movie, out of the 4 film's in the series.

Lots of action/explosion/shootouts. People getting shot up with some minor bloody scenes expect in one or two cases were the blood was quite visible. There are... Continue reading
Adult Written byRichManGold December 20, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written bymrekuc May 31, 2018

My favorite Lethal Weapon!

This movie is incredibly entertaining and fun to watch. It is funny and suspenseful. I know I am in the minority, but I actually liked Martin Riggs more in this... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviegeek222 April 9, 2008

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 message. 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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