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  • Summary: Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend--the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It’s a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho’s romance with the spirited Pia, and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe . And then one day, suddenly, Rancho is gone. (Reliance BIG Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    70
    There's an unavoidable joie de vivre (symbolized by Rancho's meditative mantra "All is well") and a performance charm that make this one of the more naturally gregarious Bollywood imports.
  3. Reviewed by: David Chute
    70
    In writer-director Rajkumar Hirani's tuneful, enjoyable college comedy, 3 Idiots, Khan plays "Rancho," an engineering student so brilliant that he barely has to break a sweat to place first in his class.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Tsering
    60
    The film's good points, though, are marred by a slow start and a nerve-jangling soundtrack.
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  1. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    3 Idiots is always fun for me, as a film reviewer- some movie suck, some rock and some are so sad and inspirational and funny at the same time- those are the works to sum up Vidhu Vinod's best movie yet. The movie is about 3 college friends who try to meet up again by the most smartest of their group- Rancho played brilliantly by Aamir Khan, Mahadeven and Sharman do a good job too and the movie packs emotion and laughter. It's 3 hours- a long movie with a long and great message. While cliched, still, 3 idiots manages to be one of the best bollywood movies I have ever seen. It's a rare, funny treat at the movies if you haven't seen it. Rated U/A Parental Guidence for language and emotional moments In India and Rated PG13 in us for thematic elements, language, some violence and partial nudity. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    3 idiot is the best bollywood movie I've seen yet. The production is bollywood standard, BUT the story, characters and acting are really charming & brilliant. I just can't stop laughing and sometimes touched with this 3 hour roller coaster fiasco. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    10
    Good movie. Even-though Aamir Khan is 48 Yrs old, he performed the role very well-suitably. Nice-movie. Story, Performance and message delivery is brilliant. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 3 Idiots is a rather great Bollywood movie, truly hilarious and yet with a very focused and introspective message on life and the choices we make.

    From a screenwriting perspective, it's almost the perfect script. It has a large number of different characters that all stand out and manage to be interesting in their own way, with a number of themes weaved throughout the film that makes it a very well put together piece. The actors also all do a very good job, and the songs are memorable, better than most Bollywood movies.

    Most of all, the movie has an infectious youthful spirit that is very hard not to like. A refreshing, at times moving and very funny, blast of summer air.

    But, here's the thing.

    And this is more a reflection on society than a fault of the movie, yet it is remarkable to observe how unaware the characters are that the very message of the story, about freedom and making your own choices, is undermined in every way by the way the film ends. Because at the end, after all that talk about not caring about social status and money and living your life freely...all of the characters are singing and dancing and crying tears of joy because A) they got high-paying jobs or B) they are getting married and fulfilling they social contract.

    That is how society works, all over the world. All people deep down understand that life is not meant to be slaved away working for money or titles. Everyone wants to "change the system" or "be different." But at the end of the day, the vast majority of people are too afraid to reach out for true freedom. True freedom, either by individuals leaving the system or working to abolish the system, does not have a happy ending. Freedom is not free. The price for freedom is in blood, and often in isolation. For most, the true price of freedom is too high.

    And so, like all the characters in this movie, they create a "false freedom" in order to fill that gaping hole in their hearts. They make fun of the character who is greedy and openly lives for his love of money, thinking they are different but at the end they submit to the chains of marriage, to the chains of working for a corporate company. The main character, who most boasts about this "freedom" is a perfect example of this. He encourages others to choose the majors they are interested in studying, to do what they want with their lives but it just so happens that, conveniently, his own choice in the engineering field will make him a very rich man. It is easy for rich people to tell the poor that money is not important, it is a whole other thing to live that life.

    So all of that together, 3 Idiots is a delightful movie about characters creating false freedoms and finding joy in them, which is a lie the majority of mankind tells itself each and every day when it wakes up in the morning. Is there no hope left for true freedom? Are there no more warriors left to fight the good fight? Or must we all get married and get corporate jobs? Is a happy lie better than the harsh truth? Let the philosophers ponder. But Neo said it's not.
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  5. Jun 30, 2013
    8
    Despite it being rather long, I enjoyed 3 Idiots. Prior to watching this, I had never seen a Bollywood film before and I would love to watch more. The characters are both funny and, somewhat, relate-able. I thought the story line was inch perfect and the ending was not what I expected! Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    7
    there is novelty in the story. originality is also there. execution is above average. the ending is nice. but the first half is just like that. technical values are good. casting is top notch and production values are good.
    some changes in the execution might have given a chance for being a trade mark movie. but anyway its good.
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  7. Nov 20, 2011
    6
    Three Idiots is a nice movie, it is a great watch with family for some good story. The plot is great and depressing while the acting of all the characters is just great, Aamir Khan is a great actor that always does great acting. The humor is well crafted and the drama is carried very well in the movie. The movie has funny and depressing moments that mix to create a powerful experience. There are flaws with the movie and that is that the story is drawn out a bit to long and there is one scene where it is one misfortune and one strange luck act after another in a rather inappropriate scene for children which was most definately not required. Overall "Three Idiots" was a great film that is most definately worth watching for it blends drama and comedy into a unique movie. Breakdown for "3 Idiots": Presentation: 8.5, Plot: 8.25, Acting: 9, Script: 8.75, Lasting Appeal: 8. Verdict: 8.25 out of 10 "Great" Expand

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