Parents' Guide to

Three Fugitives

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violence and profanity in unfunny, dated '80s comedy.

Movie PG-13 1989 96 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Such a funny movie. Martian Short was hysterical as always.

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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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