Three Strikes

Theatrical Release: March 1, 2000
Three Strikes


Rob Douglas (Brian Hooks) has just been released from prison after doing time for two felonies. If he commits a third felony, he will go to prison for life, in this comedy from first-time director D.J. Pooh. He calls a friend to pick him up upon his release, but his friend delegates that assignment to Tone (Faizon Love), a lowlife who has just stolen the car. To Rob’s chagrin, Tone draws out his gun and starts firing at the police when they pull him over. While the cops are busy defending themselves, Rob sneaks away. He has not escaped, however. The incident has been recorded on video and soon there is a warrant out for his arrest. The film follows Rob’s attempts to eat a good meal at his parents, steal some quiet time with his girlfriend, and try to convince anyone who will listen that he is innocent. Director Pooh’s agenda is to address the “controversial” Three Strikes law through in-the-hood humor.

Dove Review

Crude, vulgar, and tasteless humor is used to make a statement about a ruling that many criminals find unfair. The lead is not an innocent. He figures if you don’t get caught, you’re not breaking the law. Putting the equity of this issue aside, most of the comedy is just plain uncouth, based either on slang terms for sexual activity or bodily functions.

Content Description

Language: G-Ds 4, F-word or variations of it over 80, S-word 70 N-word used by blacks I lost count after 65, Bitch 2, expletives many, ass 4; Sex: 4 sexual situations, tons of sexual conversations and crude sexual remarks, partial female nudity, many scantily clad women, one woman doing an erotic dance while standing over a man who makes sexual remarks, fornication, masturbation, and flatulence all played for humor; Drugs: beer drinking by adults, drunkenness, pot smoking on two occasions; Violence a nightmare has the cops breaking down a door and shooting the lead to death; a shootout with the police; a criminal is shot in the buttocks by the police.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: D.J. Pooh
Director: D.J. Pooh
Producer: Marcus Morton
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 83 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright