There are a lot of comedies that get released straight to video and most for good reason, but when you see ones featuring a wide variety of recognized stars it makes you wonder why it didn’t get a bigger push and if it’s a bad sign. The latest 3 Geezers! seemingly came out of nowhere and features cameos by Tim Allen, Scott Caan, Randy Couture and more, but does the movie around it work or is it just a case of someone calling in favors?
3 Geezers! follows an actor as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie by hanging out with the residents at The Coconuts convalescent home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from today's reality. First and foremost this is clearly a really low budget film from the way it was made and looks, but thanks to the focus being on the old people it entertains. The always great J.K. Simmons plays a fictional version of himself and gives just as much in this film has he has done in his bigger budget films. The story is pretty silly and shouldn’t work at all, but these old people are just funny whether anyone wants to admit it or not. There is innocence to these people even when they are delivering bad performances that you just can’t help but still like them. Most of the celeb cameos were pretty short, but used in a funny way to not only add to the story, but also to let them make fun of themselves or those around them. Everyone played themselves so it made it that much more entertaining. With the exceptions of the recognizable cameos and Simmons the performances were all over the place from really bad to decent without knowing what was supposed to be that way or just was. It’s this aspect that will throw some viewers into the negative side of viewing this movie.
This is far from a perfect movie and in fact is pretty bad, but in a fun way. This felt like a movie that these people just got together for fun to make and to see what would happen. More than likely most will not get it and probably won’t like this movie, but if you treat it like a simple throw away rental and just have fun with these old people and all their innocence and perversion then you might be surprised.