The Three Amigos – Outrageous!

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Rating: R

Starring:
Carlos Mencia
Pablo Francisco
Freddy Soto

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“The Three Amigos brings you all the hilarious and outrageous comedy from a red-hot trio of Latino headliners on their sold-out national tour! With the biting social commentary of Carlos Mencia (29 Palms, Comic Relief VI), the off-the-wall sound effects of Pablo Francisco (Mad TV, Comedy Central Presents: Pablo Francisco), and the hysterical family humor of Freddy Soto (Spanglish), it’s all-out stand-up hilarity like you’ve never seen before! Directed by C.B. Harding (Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Osbournes Family Christmas Special) — you’ll laugh till it hurts as these three fresh and original comics do what they do best — live on stage!”

“The Three Amigos – Outrageous!” is rated R for strong language including sexual content.

The Movie:
When I heard this film was from the director of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, I thought this might end up being pretty funny. I was also proud to hear that it was filmed just up the road from me in Austin, Texas. However, as I watched it I quickly realized this wasn’t something I was going to enjoy at all.

First up on the show is Freddy Soto. He’s probably the cleanest of the three comedians and the one with the routine most rooted in his Latino origins. He has some pretty funny bits about his father and his family’s efforts to toughen him up as a kid. But even though his routine is amusing, it’s not really laugh out loud funny. In fact, scenes of the audience members absolutely rolling in the aisles in between jokes are so obviously out of place that it emphasizes even more how weak the performance is.

Next up is a profusely sweating Pablo Franscisco. I’ve seen his work before. It didn’t impress me then and it doesn’t now. His shtick features a lot of impersonations and sound effects and a lot of the same kind of jokes that he has done before are here. As his routine progresses and the audience gets more and more drunk, his jokes get raunchier and raunchier. Profanity ends up being a real crutch for the comedian and he uses it as much as possible.

The final act is that of Carlos Mencia and he ends up being the most disgusting of the bunch. He relies heavily on sexual humor and profanity. I think he got most of his jokes off a men’s room wall. I believe he says “f**k” every two seconds in his routine. His on-stage personality is that of an un-PC, angry Latino. That’s fine, but he seems to be trying to shock the audience more than make humorous observations.

In the end, I wouldn’t recommend this comedy video unless you’re already an established fan of one of these guys. You’ve also really got to be into sexual comedy to enjoy this.

The Extras:
There are no bonus features included on this DVD.

The Bottom Line:
“The Three Amigos – Outrageous” focuses more on profanity and sexual humor to generate laughs rather than observations about their Latino origins. Because of this it’s going to turn a lot of people off.

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