A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages emerge in this dark comedy.
Positive Role Models
Two lead characters are a former bank robber recently released from prison and a clumsy man bumbling his way through his first bank robbery.
Violence & Scariness
There is an armed robbery in a bank. A character is shot in the leg. Police officers stand outside a bank with weapons drawn. A vehicle flips onto its side during a car chase. One of the lead characters is hit by a truck. A little girl runs into traffic. One of the lead characters crashes a van into a biker bar.
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Frequent profanity. One of the lead characters is nicknamed "A--hole" by the other lead character. "F--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking in a biker bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Three Fugitives is a 1989 action comedy starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short as a mismatched pair on the run from the police after a botched armed robbery and a case of mistaken identity. It's a 1980s movie formula -- two opposite characters that must work together -- that hasn't aged well, and the attempts at comedy frequently fall flat. There is frequent profanity -- Nolte's character has nicknamed Short's character "A--hole," for instance -- and there is frequent violence in the form of guns, fistfights, and car chases. Also, a van drives through the front of a dive bar, and a little girl runs into traffic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In the decades since its 1989 release, THREE FUGITIVES has not aged well. The "mismatched partner" formula has long since been played out, and this problem is further exacerbated by what little chemistry Nick Nolte and Martin Short have. While they have both been entertaining on their own, together their styles don't quite seem to mesh. The jokes either fall flat or are reduced to the redundancy of Nolte's character constantly referring to Short's character as "A--hole."
But even if there was chemistry between Nolte and Short, the story itself is so cliche-ridden that it wouldn't really make much of a difference. And even with the addition of a "third fugitive," a mute little girl who is the reason Short's character attempted the bank robbery, there just isn't enough action or comedy to hold one's attention. Movies like this are as dated as mullet haircuts and acid-washed jeans.
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