House Party 3
|House Party 3|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Eric Meza|
|Produced by||Carl Craig
|Written by||David Toney
Based on Characters Created By
|Starring||Christopher "Kid" Reid
Christopher "Play" Martin
|Music by||David Allen Jones|
|Edited by||Tom Walls|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema
Starmedia Home Entertainment
The Hudlin Brothers
|January 12, 1994|
House Party 3 is a 1994 comedy film, starring Kid 'n Play and Bernie Mac and TLC. It is the third and intended final installment of the House Party film series. This was to be the last film in the franchise, making it a trilogy; however, a direct to video sequel, House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute, was released seven years later. This is also Chris Tucker's debut on film as well as the first film in the series that Martin Lawrence does not reprise his role as Bilal, nor was he mentioned. Also absent in House Party 3 are three of the members of the R&B group Full Force, who played the bullies in the first two films. Nineteen years later in 2013, Warner Premiere released House Party: Tonight's the Night which serves as a semi-sequel to House Party 3, featuring the return of Kid 'n Play, reprising their roles from the first three films.
Christopher, aka Kid (Christopher "Kid" Reid) is marrying his girlfriend Veda (Angela Means), while his best friend Peter, aka Play (Christopher "Play" Martin) is dipping his fingers into the music business and attempting to manage a roughneck female rap act called Sex as a Weapon (TLC). Play books the ladies for a concert with heavy-hitting promoter Showboat (Michael Colyar), but when they decide to fire Play and hire a new manager, he has to figure out how to deliver them to the show or face the wrath of Showboat's female security force.
Things eventually begin to spiral out of control for the two, as Play is also planning the bachelor party while trying to keep Kid's three younger cousins from Detroit (Immature) in line, and Kid's ex-girlfriend Sydney (Tisha Campbell) has come back to town, which is news that doesn't please Veda at all. To complicate matters more Kid's cousins hijack his bachelor party in retaliation for not letting them perform at it (moving it from the rented hotel ballroom to their Aunt Lucy's house at 1603 Blast Ave) The party at the ballroom is a bust as Play's cousin Stinky invites very obese women to the party (he's attracted to heavyset women) Meanwhile Showboat has been out looking for Kid & Play for his money but gets sidetracked briefly by Kid's mischievous cousins. Embarrassed by the poor turnout at his party Kid bails into the corridor and runs into Sydney (who is there for her grandparent's anniversary party). Sydney congratulates Kid and tells him that Veda is good for him. As they hug and part ways Veda comes out of the elevator and sees them hugging. She immediately jumps to the conclusion that Kid slept with her but her friend Janelle (who had been dogging Kid and the pending marriage throughout the film) comes to his defense and tell Veda she is wrong to assume Kid cheated. At the same time Play (who also disagreed with Kid getting married) tells Kid he is wrong for wanting to break off the marriage since he's convinced Veda doesn't trust him.
After Kid and Veda make up they head back to his Aunt Lucy's house to find an out of control party in progress (unbeknown to Aunt Lucy who was up in her room watching video porn). Just as Kid starts to curse his cousins out Play stops him and convinces him to celebrate his bachelor party here. At that moment Showboat arrives with his female hitmen and are about to attack Kid & Play when he hear's Kid's cousins performing at the party, Play picks up on that and immediately informs Showboat that they were a new act he and Kid were working on. Convinced that they came through, Showboat pays what he owed them just as Sex as a Weapon arrives. They tell Play that they didn't like what was done to the 3 Blind rappers earlier in the film (they were stiffed on the pay for a show) so they opted to come back to Kid & Play giving Showboat two new acts instead of just one. Showboat again pays up, and this time the cash was taken by Aunt Lucy who informed all that the money was just enough for the clean up of her house.
The movie ends on Kid and Veda's marriage and Kid's Uncle Vester finding a woman of his own.
- Christopher "Kid" Reid — Christopher Robinson, Jr. (aka Kid)
- Christopher "Play" Martin — Peter Martin (aka Play)
- Bernie Mac—Uncle Vester
- David Edwards — Stinky Martin
- Angela Means — Veda
- A.J. Johnson — Butcher
- Jiwan Faulk — Noel Jones
- Ketty Lester — Aunt Lucy
- Khandi Alexander — Janelle
- Marques Houston — Marques
- Young Rome — Jerome
- Don Santos — Don (aka "Half-Pint")
- Michael Colyar — Showboat
- Reynaldo Rey — Veda's Dad
- Simply Marvalous — Veda's Mom
- TLC — Sex as a Weapon
- Tisha Campbell — Sydney (cameo)
- Chris Tucker — Johnny Booze
- Shireen Crutchfield — Shireen (cameo)
- Chuckii Booker (piano player in the hotel lobby band)
House Party 3 had received widely negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film 0% score based on reviews from 9 critics. It has however become a cult classic in the African American community much like Caddyshack.
A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released in January 1994 by Select Records. It peaked at 55 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The soundtrack is notable for containing the last original material released by the film's stars, Kid 'n Play.
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- David J. Fox (January 25, 1994). "Weekend Box Office : Ticket Sales Up Despite Mother Nature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
- House Party 3 at AllMovie
- House Party 3 at Box Office Mojo
- House Party 3 at the Internet Movie Database