Akshay Kumar's Housefull 4 drowns in bad reviews
Despite the charisma of its lead star Akshay Kumar, critics have roundly panned the fourth installment of the Housefull franchise. Here's what critics are saying about Housefull 4.
What do you get when you combine an ensemble cast of almost a dozen actors, cringe-worthy dialogues and sexist jokes? Housefull 4, and apparently, not a winning formula. The latest movie in Hindi film producer Sajid Nadiadwala's Housefull franchise released in theatres on Friday and is currently rocking a dismal 40 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Not even the presence of front-man Akshay Kumar could save Housefull 4 from getting panned by critics. Reviewers singled out the comedy film’s weak humour as a particular point of criticism, while also noting that the insufferable movie tells not-so-vaguely misogynist and raunchy jokes.
Housefull 4 is a comedy on a whim, starring an army of a cast, for the heck of it: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Pooja Hegde, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Rana Daggubati, Chunky Pandey, Johnny Lever, Ranjeet, Sharad Kelkar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and many more. The movie revolves around three friends – Harry (Akshay Kumar), Max (Bobby Deol) and Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) – trying to make ends meet in London and paying off an 'accidental debt' by trapping three daughters of a rich NRI – imaginatively named Kriti (Kriti Sanon), Pooja (Pooja Hegde) and Neha (Kriti Kharbanda). Together, they all go to this obscure heritage hotel in India for a destination wedding only to discover they’ve been reincarnated, after 600 years (i.e. in 1419). And as you must have guessed, there’s a whole lot of hoopla around that entire premise.
Housefull 4's critic reviews have not been good, with most film reviewers rating it 1.5 or less out of 5. Sajid Khan, the original director of the film, had to step down when sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him. Khan was later replaced by Farhad Samji, one half of writer duo Sajid-Farhad, as the director of the film. The Samji brothers have films like Shiva, Sunday, Double Dhamaal and Golmaal Returns, among others, to their credit.
Check out some of the Housefull 4 movie reviews below:
Vinamra Mathur in Mid-Day
“I don't know how much of Housefull 4 has been directed by Sajid Khan and how much by Farhad Samji, I do know they both have failed miserably in making a watchable film, let alone funny. We won't talk about the plot as the trailer and the promos have given away what the film is about. Every film based on reincarnation bases its narrative on love, subterfuge, rebirth and revenge. Housefull 4 ticks all the boxes, there's absolutely no novelty or imagination at display. If the makers think running gags about pigeon and pig poop are funny, they all may have graduated from the Sajid Khan school of filmmaking, the master of puerile and asinine humour."
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Saibal Chatterjee in NDTV
“Bobby Deol's character is not only called Dharamputra and his presence invokes the song "Soldier, soldier meethi baatein bolkar" six centuries before it was composed. And Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a special appearance, plays ghostbuster Ramsay Baba, who sways to a remix of Bhoot Raja Bahar Aaja (first heard in Dharmendra's 1977 film Chacha Bhatija). These tricks are too stale and superficial to salvage a sad spectacle designed to take the audience for a ride. Hop on if you wish, but don't say you weren't warned."
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Udita Jhunjhunwala in Firstpost
“Sharad Kelkar, Manoj Pahwa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui also pop up and you can be sure the three actresses don’t contribute in any substantial way to the plot of Housefull 4. Of the ensemble, only Akshay Kumar is given sizeable screen-time and, therefore, makes a modicum of impression. The humour is tired, the gags with Pandey and Lever are hackneyed and the cross-dressing jokes are crass in Housefull 4. If you survive the 140-plus minutes of preceding inanity, the most fun is in the outtakes that play with the end credits.”
Rohit Vats in News 18
"Not that I thought Housefull 4 to be a serious film on India-China relationship, but never expected it to be this absurd either. Well, as Housefull franchise’s brand ambassador Aakhri Pasta (Chunkey Pandey) says, ‘I am joking.’ This is exactly what the trailer promised it to be... It’s funny in parts but can’t hold attention for fifteen minutes straight at any juncture. There lies the problem. Kumar’s excellent comic timing isn’t enough to cover up other characters’ lack of substance. Despite all this, two brilliantly placed things in script cracked me up. The first is three pigeons named Neil, Nitin and Mukesh, and the second is this dialogue: 'Agar main badshah hoon toh tu kya Honey Singh hai (If I am Badshah then who are you? Honey Singh?).'”
Madhuri V in Filmibeat
“In a scene in the film when Kriti Sanon tries to fight an opponent, Akshay Kumar interrupts and tells her, 'Yeh tumhara kaam nahin' and takes the sword from her hand. Another sequence has a female protagonist crying false rape and saying, 'Main abla hoon, tabla nahin'. If that isn't enough, one of the dialogues goes like, 'Iss ne gender ka tender nhi bhara' to explain someone's effeminate behaviour. Welcome to the world of 'Housefull 4' where cringeworthy dialogues are passed off as humour."