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F3: Fun And Frustration

F3: Fun And Frustration Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5

F3: Fun And Frustration Movie Review : Loud, messy, sometimes funny

Story: A motley crew of misfits look to make a quick buck in various ways, what happens when they inadvertently learn a lesson instead?

Review: By now it’s clear that Anil Ravipudi makes a certain kind of cinema. It’s going to be loud, filled back to back with jokes, have some inane plot points and characters with certain tics. If F2: Fun & Frustration delved on the frustration of married men, the sequel F3 makes it all about money. Sure, the film will make you chuckle but it still remains something you’ll either love or love to hate.

Venky (Venkatesh) has night blindness and runs a ‘shortcut’ business with Raghu Babu playing his usual ‘bakra’. His family constantly needs something from him and the cash-strapped man tends to offer quick-fix solutions that usually never work. Varun (Varun Tej) stammers a lot and makes up for it by pulling off dance moves. He’s an orphan who teams up with Sunil and is also looking for a quick solution to get rich. Harika (Tamannaah Bhatia), Honey (Mehreen Pirzada) and their madcap family are low on IQ but high on ideas for scamming people. What happens when a frustrated police office (Rajendra Prasad) decides to enlist these fools to steal some cash and diamonds?

It’s hard to describe the plot of F3, mostly because it kind of doesn’t exist. Sure, there’s the rich businessman Anand Prasad (Murli Sharma) who is looking for a heir to his property and is chockfull of lessons on how money runs the world, but that’s not what most of the film is about. It’s about Venky and Varun making a fool of themselves with Harika and Honey mostly pitching in to sing duets. Satya, Vennela Kishore and Sonal Chauhan are also thrown into the mix after a while, crowding an overcrowded film. F3, in summation, is just one loud joke after another and you either like that or you don’t. Barring a running joke about seizures, apart from mild homophobia and racism, the film does make you chuckle sometimes at the silliness of it all. It’s like Anil said, there’s no logic to look for here, and he even seems to test the levels of inanity he can push this film to by the time the end credits roll. However, it’s bad writing on his part to establish quirks for his characters but have them amount to nothing by the end.

Venkatesh really brings his A-game to the film. Be it when he pretends to have perfect eyesight or dress up as one of his other characters during the climax, he really makes even some of the repetitive, silly lines work. Varun is a hoot and makes you feel bad and laugh both every time he struggles to form a word. You know you’re laughing at an ableist joke, but you can’t help yourself either, given his body language and expressions. There’s also a Pawan Kalyan reference that fans are sure to love. It’s odd that Tamannaah and Mehreen have nothing much to do in the film, especially the latter who goes missing during key scenes too. Without giving away much, Tamannaah does look handsome as a man though! The rest of the cast do what’s expected of them – be funny. DSP’s music doesn’t do much for the film, with the songs popping up at odd intervals.

Films like F3 fall under the category of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal franchise. They’re going to be madcap comedies which make no sense, have jokes that toe the line and don’t expect you to use your brain. Given that comedy is subjective and if that’s your cup of tea, you might like this one. And if you do, there’s some good news, F4 is in the works.

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