3 Idiots (2009) - Comedy, Drama

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Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

IMDB: 8.4
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan
Length: 170 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 47 out of 432 found boring (10.87%)

One-line Reviews (215)

The movie is entertaining throughout which keeps the viewers' attention alive.

However, I've found it to be very engaging and entertaining.

It is worth the watch!

Even the scenery is breathtaking.

Actually the general principles which the film tried so hard to convey are conventional, everybody knows, what the film achieved is to manifest it in a perfect cinematographic world where everything is too idealized to happen in our mundane world.

Most of it is predictable.

All in all, 3 Idiots is enjoyable and there are lot of things to like.

The message is very clear in this movie (chase excellence success will follow)The acting was really stunning, Aamir Khan was great ,Madhavan and Sharman Joshi were as great and of-course Boman Irani(college directer) we can't ask for a better performance.

I only watched a few minutes of the film because I found it unbearable, and only kept me in front of the screen the outstanding beauty of nature in that part of India.

His character was most confusing and unbelievable.

This is movie worth watching in Cinema halls rather than seating at home!

' was entertaining in parts and stays consistent, '3 Idiots' is a mess.

Made it purely entertaining and relate-able to the Indian mass?

the scenes are very slow and not interesting

There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervals.

i just hope that this movie gets its rating from the several million people who would have enjoyed it so far.

3 Idiots is way too short a movie, which is simply another way of saying that it is an extremely entertaining movie!

The film is very good in every sense It's players , dances , winding key was too perfect You can laugh and cry in this film the film is entertaining ,feeling and meaningful There is perfect an Indian dance such as in every Indian film.

It was refreshing and unpredictable.

Rest was very appeasing , it was a pleasure to watch nonetheless, and the film was worth watching.

you will feel sleepy after listening Aamir's boring lecture about, life and education.

The story is so predictable and annoying.

In the end, good guy wins and bad guy suffers humiliation we laugh , be happy and leave the theater amused.

A Very Enjoyable, Feel Good Film .

Madhavan looked a little old for his role but his acting was tremendous, Sharman Joshi was mind blowing!

Overall then, 3 idiots is an okay film at best which is flawed and terribly overrated, but in all fairness, it is reasonably enjoyable and may provide decent Hindi entertainment for the entire family.

I found the film a bore and I expected better.

Most scenes involving her were predictable resulting all attempts at humor to fall flat.

Overall, if you are looking for an entertaining, relatable, heartfelt, emotional, romantic, and serious film, watch 3 Idiots.

3 Idiots is the perfect end to an exciting year for India: the year when the aam aadmi voted in progress, liberalism, secularism and turned his back to corruption, communal ism, regionalism.

Direction - outstanding, Script - excellent, Dialogues - Well written, Acting - 10 out of 10, Comedy - mind blowing, Emotions - great, Message - too good, (specially for Indian parents) Whatever else you find left out, add full marks from my side.

Starting with "ten-years-later", it employs the proved structure of flashbacks to recount the days the three protagonists share at college day when they cemented a heart-warming friendship – a full entertainment package complete with comedy, romance, breathtaking scenery, mild poignancy and even some "messages" with respect to the nature of education.

And that's not mentioning the female love interest, who turns up halfway through the film out of necessity just so the audience can be bored once again with shmaltzy 'romantic' ballads.

The film is quite messy in presentation, and it is a tiresome task to follow the proceedings as every now and then the story moves confusingly between past flashbacks and present developments.

While the protagonist believes that the imagination of the students is as much an education problem as studying hours upon hours immersed in technical books.

3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming of age comedy-drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

If anyone else had made '3 Idiots', there would have been an immediate outpouring of hosannahs, because the ability to wrap an engaging story around an important message is a forgotten skill in most Hindi cinema.

No clue if it's a spoiler, hence why it's checked, but this movie takes a huge unexpected twist.

Good laughs, great messages, enjoyable story.

Under this intense emotional pressure from parents, students commits suicide when they failed to get good grades because they are not made to be an engineer.

If 2009 can begin with Dev D and end with 3 Idiots, it is indeed time to sound the seetis and taalis for one of the most exciting years of contemporary Indian cinema.

dis is very boring movie it costs me 150rs and a headache if u want d same den go and see and enjoy

just say to yourself 'Aal Izz Well'.. This wont solve your problems but it will give the courage to face it.." "Chase Excellence and success will follow".. " Life is not about getting marks, grades but chasing your dreams".. These are the golden rules which 3 IDIOTS teaches you in a very light and entertaining way.. The movie makes you laugh and in the process you learn many golden rules which can alter your life in a big manner...

Mona Singh's baby delivery is gripping.

The entertaining first half ends on a mystery note, which straight away gets solved post intermission and then the story moves on towards the search of the third lost idiot,Aamir.

Not generally being a fan of Bollywood movies due to its unrealistic story lines and OTT (over the top) acting and agonisingly long movies, I must say two and a half hours for this movie was short as it was very entertaining.

The movie is great, it's entertaining, it's fun to watch with a group.

The sequence of events is entirely predictable.

The cinematography is good and breathtaking in the opening song where the lush greenery of Shimla is captured with such finesse that it induces a sense of wonder.

But Rajkumar Hirani soon gets his act and cast together to deliver a stunning product.

To make it clear, this movie is vastly more entertaining than most of the movies of 2009.

If you believe in A class, cinema in its splendor kind of entertaining movies, do not miss it.

The characters are enjoyable and the story is wonderfully told.

At times the movie is emotionally intense, for instance, when Raju (Sharman) tries to commit suicide, and it is also full of LOL moments, for example, almost all encounters of Rancho (Amir Khan) with the principal aka VIrus(Boman).

3 hours of stereotypes, melodrama and rehashed jokes from the nineties .

The frumpy girlfriend with glasses was as dreary as his two student buddies.

Worth watching 100%

Direction is also very good with certain aspects coming out really well like the black and white scenes and the way it starts with madhavan getting out of flight etc etc. movie has a good amount of comedy instilled in it which makes the movie enjoyable all along.

and every1s humming the song 'Give Me Sunshine'.. Dialogues are splendid and the comedy is mind blowing :) This movie is a master piece, it has everything in it,from friendship to college pressure to romance, etc. Well Rajkumar Hirani has proved it again that he is the most versatile director.. Watch the movie for splendid performances by the Perfectionist-Aamir Khan, followed by others, one of the surprise package was by the character named Chatur Ramalingam(nicknamed as Silencer), he will make u laugh like hell.. I guarantee every1 that once u watch this movie, you will feel like watching it more.. All in all it's a feel good movie!!!

Fully entertaining movie .

Very entertaining.

Chetan Bhagat's "Five Point Someone" may not be called a literary masterpiece, but it sure is entertaining with its guffaws and its Indianized English.

Climax is quiet predictable and artificial just as a numb bollywood fan would expect.

At the End - the Movie is very Entertaining and can be rated as the most enjoyable Hindi movie of the Decade or 2 Decades or can increase few more.

It's absolutely a waste of time,trust me.

Most Entertaining Bollywood Movie till Date .

Very bad movie and believe me it's the worst movie i have ever seen in my entire life.

There was also an unexpected sequence about suicide that did not sit well with me in this supposed comedy.

rajkumar hirani like always gave 100 percent and did mind blowing job international directorrating: 5 out of 5

The song builds up, which made me sit on the edge of my seat, preparing for something pessimistic to occur.

The acting is superb, the plot is a bit complex but fascinating, and it's shot with care and attention.

Despite these foibles, '3 Idiots' makes for an enjoyable watch, thanks to the bonhomie cracked up on screen by Aamir, Madhavan and Sharman.

A worth watching and must watch movie filled with variety of emotions!!!.

in your life..it is teaching us many things in very light and in very entertaining way.....

Also another point I would like to add is that movie was very very predictable.

It turned out I wanted to leave the theater in around 15 minutes.

Frankly, it is one of the movies which is worth watching with your family.

Through every quick-witted song and dance number, through every comedic scene, through every instance of dramatic despair, emotionally alive moment, solemnly poignant sequence, suspenseful setup, to a lovely, heartfelt conclusion, 3 Idiots is a wonderful, invaluable endeavor in the world of film.

Luckily for me, it is a very enjoyable film.

The story of the film (in my opinion) is very gripping.

Don't get me wrong, the twist about Racho's past was pretty good, but the film was pretty predictable.

The professor's characterization is mind blowing which makes you stand up by looking at him as well laugh at him.

It's one of the most exciting movies I've ever seen - is deep, enjoyable and, ultimately, leaves a lesson about what is really important in life....

Amongst all the film offerings put out this festive season, my choice for the most uplifting, the most hopeful and a jolly entertaining ride all around with elements of everything only a Bollywood film is renowned for, is this one.

Too long, predictable and TOO LOUD on being 'Ever Joyful Enthusiast Loving Caring' personality.

That is what the movie wanted to fight: The social weakness Cliché--Become an engineer or else everything in life will fail.

The very fact that the education system in my country (and perhaps in a lot of developing countries) SUCKS and as a student, I am seriously suffering from it, makes this movie worth watching.

The movie is so boring and silly and the acting was a disaster and the events cannot be real and full of mistakes.

Moreover,it includes jokes that make the whole movie lovely and really entertaining!

The movie overall is very good and entertaining.

TS(I Do it On My terms)the most entertaining and simply the best movie of this decade after RDB.

If 2009 can begin with Dev D and end with 3 Idiots, it is indeed time to sound the seetis and taalis for one of the most exciting years of contemporary Indian cinema.

Below 6: don't waste your time.

I have seen it Twice and enjoyed it both times.

I loved this movie, it was a very smart and enjoyable movie despite the length.

The songs, especially all izz well are quite entertaining.

The film was very successful in every sense It's players , dances , winding key was too perfect You can laugh and cry in this film the film is entertaining ,feeling and meaningful There is perfect an Indian dance such as in every Indian filmNot cry is impossible in some produce Not laugh is impossible in some produce :)really ,players is too successful There is very nice friendship in film .

Talking about unexpected… When you see the title of the movie and know that it was best grossing Bollywood film that went around the world as a hit all around – well, you expect something watered down, something for everyone.

While the movie is different from most Indian Movies, the movie is a little long and a little dragged on.

Every time when I am about to leap out of the drama because of the "I will stay here until your dad gets well"cliché, I am pulled back by their facial expressions.

Other than that it was perfectly entertaining.

It is monotonous , boring and shabby.

Bland and Boring......

One of the finest and entertaining movie i have ever saw.

And i did not watch it once ore twice but more then six times, and every time i laugh, and sometimes i fill also sadness in some cases, but in general it is very funny and i enjoyed it.

It has to be the most idiotic start to such a fascinating movie.

It's emotional, it's entertaining, it's enlightening.

aamir's role as 'rancho' is mind blowing, no one can fit this role as aamir did ,and proves us why he is called perfectionist.

And I have to admit that the rhythmic tunes are quite enjoyable.

But the movie time is too long.

In few words, "3 Idiots" fulfills every promise it made and entertains the viewer completely with its engrossing and enlightening content based upon some real life happenings.

But 3 idiots is intriguing enough to shatter my bias.

It got me one and half week to actually finish watching this highly overwritten, over acted, Uber-sentimental, highly predictable, over produced tear-jerker, not funny "good feel" / "comedy".

A message through entertainment hits you harder than a boring and preachy one.

brilliant and highly entertaining.


endless and repetitive and predictable!

3 Hours of Pure Torture (with weepy guys) .

It's a pretty entertaining feature, overall; I just wish it didn't take so darn long to play itself out.

The first half was quite entertaining with a series of flashbacks creating a college comedy where the rambunctious students clash with the strict and traditionalist teacher/school.

Just entertaining - nothing special .

*priceless* :POver all it's a family movie and truly enjoyable.

Having said that, it is enjoyable to watch, being full of lighthearted humour, which makes it worth a watch and I wonder had it stuck to a saner storyline, it could really have been the masterpiece that many have made it out to be anyways.

A different Indian Movie but a little dragged on .

Overall movie does give you a fantastic feel as you walk out of the theater and is a perfect gift from Aamir to everyone for Christmas.

Just watched this gem movie ,and gotta say ,this is probably the most entertaining movie I've ever seen in My life and probably Yours too.

The entire birth sequence, for one, is one hell of a cliché.

Even the scenery is breathtaking.

Towards the end (last 45 minutes) the movie also became painfully predictable and did not match the explosive first hour that had me captivated.

Repeats the old boring jokes and offers nothing unique.

It was fun, funny, deep, intelligent, thought provoking, and seriously entertaining.

The first half is full of highly enjoyable moments which have a distinctive Hirani flavor and are sure going to be liked by everyone of any age or gender.

I'm a viewer who believes the best way to send a message is through an entertaining way rather than a preachy way.

Three idiots is a coming of age movie with mixed feelings .

1>U will get some good laughs in a few good scenes 2>A good but repetitive theme 3>A feel good effect 4>Amir's only movie in this year (for Amir fans)

Immensely entertaining .

It's emotional, entertaining and enlightening.

Rancho is a compelling character: he's the inspiration, the catalyst a young person needs to move beyond his origins and live his dreams.

Totally artificial- a piece of cheap propaganda.

It was Hari, the mundane narrator of the book who was the hero.

Truly idiotic story setup but very much entertaining.

I loved it and enjoyed it.

And, in its own playful way, the movie makes some important points about the intense pressure placed on Indian children to achieve beyond their parents' wildest expectations, and about the need to pursue the path that will make one most happy in life.

Throughout the movie (3 Idiots) it has bored the public by giving same message over and over again that the obtaining high percentage is not the deciding factor of one's talent.

Hirani took good care making each scene of the movie captivating and intriguing while directing, keeping the plot's momentum going strong even for a three-hour movie, and assembled a likable cast of characters - each delivering solid performances.

IMHO, a 170 minute movie is too long, which is why I give it a 9.

The conclusion was so unpredictable.

The sad scenes are laughable, the comic scenes are painful, and all of it is predictable (except the final little twist, which I admit was kind of a nifty surprise).

The movie is terrifically funny and engaging, seamlessly moving from comedy to tragedy to musical numbers.

Even the jokes are really cliché, I remember we laughed a lot of times.

Worth watching over and over again4 - Outstanding… will watch several times 3 - Really good movie… will watch more than once 2 - Good movie… may watch more than once 1 - OK movie...

It is entertaining, good comedy and of course good acting by Boman Irani, Sharman Joshi and Madhavan.

Still, overall, an entertaining watch with a very worthwhile message to follow your dreams and make your work seem like play.

Very entertaining and gripping indeed.

The character of Chatur seems totally illogical, from his acting and presentation point of view it looks total waste of Reel time, I personally didn like it may be some mature actor might have Sufficed for it.

i would like to say this movie is so far from real i think it was made in moon i cant say any more this movie is a waste of time....

Well with Mr perfectionist it's always something unusual,intrigue,unexpected in the card.

There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervalsThe movie has many hilarious scenes and everyone in the film form Aamir to Omi Vaidya (Silencer) were superb in their roles.. Aamir did a great Job, this is One of his Best movie.....

After intensive care and support from his friends, Raju recovers just before he successfully interviews for a corporate job.

This only makes the story predictable and the 2h50min running time seem even longer than it actually is.

There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervals.

Unexpected .

Also the movie is very long with lots of unnecessary and silly scenes in it.

This movie starts entertaining from first minute and never stops at all.

The movie also enables the idea that when a student is facing unbearable mental pressure, she/he should attempt to commit suicide and if she/he manages to survive, life will get all fancy for her/him again.

And a lovely, enjoyable screenplay .

Boman Irani as usual is pretty terrific and Kareena Kapoor looks stunning.

The movie has lots of entertaining factors,emotions and at last you certainly came out from the theater talking about Education.

Aamir Khan steals the show, he is outstanding as a 20 year old man, he plays his part with fascinating levels of energy.

Also, unless you're xenophobic, it's fascinating to see love, dreams and life from an Indian perspective.

There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervals.

I like Bollywood Films for the most part, and especially "Like Stars On Earth", "Outsourced", "Slumdog Millionaire", and "My Name is Khan", but "3 Idiots", while certainly entertaining and having a message that is a corollary to "Taare", it suffers from uneven storytelling, going from silly, broad, caricatured comedy one minute, to serious, realistic, highly emotional moments that elicit tears.

A movie worth watching.

endless unfunny repetitive pointless .

There's so much happening in every scene and the screenplay is so gripping that you don't feel the need to look at the auditorium ceiling or at your watch at brief intervals.

Entertaining, Social Message, Art of Living, Creative .

This movie is worth watching only in DVDs.

11) And finally even if we forget the fact that any decent college has a medical attendant, a health centre and generators always present to accord a movie a spicy climax, hirani spoilt it with the all-is-well cliché.

The humour turns more contrived than nonchalant.

His narration was unique and entertaining.

The movie is just average in my opinion as the story is predictable, most of the jokes are copied and even the social message in the movie is quite broad.

An engaging way of story-telling.

In addition the name of the hero (Amir Khan) in the movie is too long to say at the initiation, and is considered to be "quite a mouthful".

All that is depicted in the next nearly 3 hours of the movie.

The plot of the film is very exciting .

I absolutely loved the fact that this film had it all, wonderful atmosphere, brilliant acting, lovely inspiring songs and a surprisingly thrilling story!

This movie is one fine example of what good, awesome, entertaining cinema can do to you.

just say to yourself 'Aal Izz Well'.. This wont solve your problems but it will give the courage to face it.." "Chase Excellence and success will follow".. " Life is not about getting marks, grades but chasing your dreams".. These are the golden rules which 3 IDIOTS teaches you in a very light and entertaining way.. The movie makes you laugh and in the process you learn many golden rules which can alter your life in a big manner...

Anyway, Kudos to the whole team of the film for giving us a gripping,entertaining,humorous Comedy film with some good messages...

"Zuby Duby", however, is superbly visualised and is enjoyable enough.

The film is educative, tutorial, fluent and entertaining.

But my vote is 8 because the musical scenes were little bit bored,I think.

There is something unique and entertaining happening in every scene and you would kick yourself if you take a restroom break.

Entertaining movie .

It's very entertaining and amusing.

The problems with the movie are the fact that it is too long, has no idea what it is trying to preach.

But this is a very enjoyable film.

And just to be fair, there are a few entertaining moments, it's professionally produced, and the performances for the most part aren't that bad.

Wonderfully entertaining.

Totally worth watching movie, you wont regret watching it even if you will have to watch it with subtitles.

3 Idiots ,in my opinion,the most exciting and different school-themed film of all-time.

It was highly entertaining, it inspired me so much, it gave me messages about life, it made me cry, it made me laugh.

The film is educative, tutorial, fluent and entertaining.

3 amazing actors, wonderfully scripted funny, emotional and entertaining storyline.

Secondly, the storyline is just boring (I am not only saying this because it is a different storyline) - it is not at all realistic and to be perfectly honest it has little to it.

It was predictable.

In terms of the sheer inspiration that it instigates, this film resembles the greats of 'Rang De Basanti', 'Taare Zameen Par' and the 'MunnaBhai' series while being the most entertaining film after 'Andaz Apna Apna'.

The movie is really entertaining,very well directed,the actors trying to do their best.

A fresh coming of age tale with a big heart.

It is worth the watch!........

mind blowing and first of its kind in the whole world and his name should be placed in the Guinness book of world record.

Must add I had watched Avatar just yesterday and though it was fascinating it was not as influential and touching as 3 idiots.

He's filled the movie with so many wonderful moments, extracted some memorable performances and has given one of the most entertaining films to Indian Cinema.

Enjoyable for all ages.

But instead what you get is 3 hours of absolute rubbish.