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Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 25 May 2012 (USA)
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Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

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Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Etan Cohen, Lowell Cunningham (based on the Malibu comic by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones ... Agent K
Josh Brolin ... Young Agent K
Jemaine Clement ... Boris The Animal
Emma Thompson ... Agent O
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Griffin
Mike Colter ... Colonel
Nicole Scherzinger ... Boris' Girlfriend
Michael Chernus ... Jeffrey Price
Alice Eve ... Young Agent O
David Rasche ... Agent X
Keone Young ... Mr. Wu
Bill Hader ... Andy Warhol
Cayen Martin Cayen Martin ... Colonel's Son
Clarke Thorell ... Prison Guard #1
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Storyline

After breaking out of LunarMax, a moon-based maximum security prison, Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) decides to go back in time and eliminate the person who arrested him - Agent K (Josh Brolin). When he does so, Agent J (Will Smith) realizes that the timeline has been changed and he too travels back to July 15, 1969, the day before Agent K is killed. After overcoming some disbelief, J manages to convince young K and others of just who he is and why he's there. With the help of Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a being who can see all timelines, they track Boris down. J also learns a secret, something old Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) had never told him. Written by garykmcd

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When young Agent K (Josh Brolin) first appears, he says "We'll take it from here", the first line K said in Men in Black (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where J and O are talking about the temporal rifts (just before they are alerted to the invasion of Earth) the ring on O's left hand keeps disappearing and reappearing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Guard #1: Well, well, Boris the Animal has a visitor. I guess one every 40 years is okay.
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Crazy Credits

This is the first film in the series not to have an opening credits sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Chinese restaurant scene has been censored for the mainland China release. The sequence with J and K in the back room has been edited to remove all shots of Wu, thus eliminating the revelation that Wu is actually an alien. A subsequent moment with J neuralyzing a group of ethnically Asian bystanders has also been deleted. See more »

Connections

Featured in Shameful Sequels: Men in Black 3 (2018) See more »

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Theo's Dream
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At last a good sequel
26 May 2012 | by crown-16See all my reviews

Once again our favorite MIB agents Jay & Kay are battling it out for earth. Quick action, colorful villains, beautifully designed settings and CGI, comic relief in the face of imminent destruction, all those made the first two movies great as well as successful in the box office. Could they better the formula in the face of all the other bad sequels we have been seeing for years?

This is one of the reasons I had stepped into the cinema with trepidation. (Good grief, was it 1997 when I saw the first and ten years ago the second? How time flies). The other reason was the pitfall of time travel.

Time travel is one of the favorite themes in sci fi movies but it needs to be handled carefully. My humble word of advice to the script writers: Keep-It-Simple. Avoid overtly complicated jumps back and forth and paradoxes that confuse the audience. Remember the eventual mess in the Back To The Future trilogy? I was then so pleased to see that they kept the time travel relatively simple and easy to follow. There was a small part when they crossed the line juuust a tiny bit when young agent Kay meets a certain father and son (don't want to spoil it). Even if traveling back in time was possible, you wouldn't necessarily bump into everyone you know in the present.

Will Smith is in his usual good form in his character Jay which however needs Kay to balance him. It is then fortunate that Brolin gives a great performance as the young agent.

Was it better than the 1997original? It was as good, without the novelty value obviously. Was it as good as the MIB2? I would say that it surpassed the second.


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Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Men in Black 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,592,779, 27 May 2012

Gross USA:

$179,020,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,026,776
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