|Barry Sonnenfeld director||previously directed RV|
The third film in the series focuses on Agent J (Will Smith) going back to the 1960s were he teams up with a younger Agent K(Josh Brolin) in order to avert a world-ending catastrophe.
Though Josh Brolin plays an Agent K who is 43 year younger than Tommy Lee Jones's Agent K, the actors' real age difference is in fact only 21 years!
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|Etan Cohen||Original Screenplay|
|Will Smith||Agent J|
|Josh Brolin||Agent K|
|Tommy Lee Jones||Agent K|
|Emma Thompson||Agent O|
|Alice Eve||Agent O|
|Bill Hader||Andy Warhol|
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Boris, known to some as Boris the Animal, is a feral biker alien Bogladeshian who is imprisoned on the Moon. However with the help of some allies, he breaks out and goes to Earth where he vows revenge on Agent K, who blasted off his arm and imprisoned him decades ago.
Zed has recently died, so the Men in Black are holding a funeral. Agent K gives a brief and uninspired speech commemorating his friend, shocking Agent J. Agent O is appointed the new head of the Men in Black.
While driving on a new mission, Agent J says he hopes Agent K will give a better speech at his funeral. Agent K doesn't give much of an answer. Annoyed, Agent J expresses his frustration at the lack of empathy shown by his partner.
Agents J and K arrive at a Chinese food restaurant where K says he must do some investigating. In the kitchen, K unmasks the owner as an alien (no one is around) and berates him for serving alien food instead of human food. The alien insists he only served alien food to aliens. K then starts punching him. Shocked, J intervenes.
K and J start to talk after settling down in the dining section of the restaurant. K makes mention of his father and J says he wishes he had known his; K then gets defensive and says J shouldn't criticize his father.
The two agents notice everyone around them are hostile aliens. They are attacked but manage to defeat all their opponents save one--Boris. In the fight with Boris, a giant alien fish is released and J must battle it. Boris then brags that K is dead even though he doesn't know it yet, and runs off.
J asks K for details on what happened between him and Boris. K gets defensive and suspends J, then storms off.
At the headquarters, J starts looking through the computer and discovers that K and Boris fought in 1969 when Boris tried to launch an alien invasion of Earth. O then stops J from researching, denying him access to certain files. She says all J needs to know is that what happened that day changed K for life.
K calls J at his house, but J angrily hangs up. Sad, K sits in his chair with a space gun, awaiting Boris. Then the whole room distorts itself and K vanishes, as does all of his things. The house is now populated by a family.
J awakes craving chocolate milk. He stops by K's house to get some, but is shocked to see that it is no longer occupied by K. He then goes to the headquarters, but discovers everyone believes his partner is this younger man and that K died in 1969 while saving the world.
J talks to O about this, and O reveals that J must have discovered that history has been rewritten via time travel. J is shocked to learn time travel exists; O says it is illegal and classified information. She says in the current reality, K was murdered by Boris decades ago.
Her monitors then warn that the Bogladeshians are attacking. She tells J to go find K before he was murdered by Boris.
J goes to the son of the man who introduced time travel to Earth. The guy gives J a time travel device and teaches him that to trigger it he must fall a great distance. J does so by jumping off the Chrysler building.
J finds himself in 1969. He steals a car and heads to Cony Island, where he knows that in '69 Boris murdered an alien fortune teller. J is stopped by cops who harass him for having such nice clothing and a car, believing him to be a thief. J escapes by using his neuralyzer.
J arrives at Cony Island, but is too late to save the fortune teller alien. He does see a younger (and two-armed) Boris escaping. He is stopped in his pursuit by a much younger Agent K, who tells him he isn't licensed to have those weapons.
K takes J back to headquarters to interrogate him. While there, J meets the anti-alien '69 head of the MIB and a younger Agent O, with whom K is romantically involved. K interrogates J, but J reveals nothing. K then takes him to a giant old-fashioned neuralyzer and proceeds to mind wipe him, but J suddenly starts talking and explains he is from the future.
The head of the MIB wants J mind-wiped and is unreasonable, so K secretly leaved with J to go stop Boris. They visit a bowling alley where J remembers Boris killed someone. J is surprised by the amiable and optimistic personality of the younger K, though he is angered that K doesn't return his space weapons and neuralyzer.
The alien in the bowling factory has already been murdered, but K and J find a clue that leads them to Andy Worhol's home to find a third alien Boris is targeting. Andy Worhol turns out to be another agent of the Men in Black. K and J find the alien--named Griffin--who can see every possible future. Boris attacks, needing a device Griffin has that is the only way to prevent the invasion, and Griffin runs off in the fight, fearing that Boris will kill him.
Boris leaves to look for Griffin. K takes J to the pie place J always loved in the future and tells him to relax and have pie. While there, J figures out that Griffin left him a clue telling him to go to Shay Stadium (where the Mets play).
At Shay Stadium, K and J find it deserted except for Griffin, who is seeing a possible future where the Mets win the Series (one that actually comes true). The three spend a touching moment watching it, with Griffin using his touch to help them see as well.
Boris then comes and kidnaps Griffin and drives off on his motorcycle. K and J pursue on futuristic bikes and manage to take Griffin back, though Boris escapes in the process.
Griffin explains that the device he has can create a force-field around Earth that will halt the Bogladeshians, but only if it launched into space. K says that they should go to Cape Canaveral to the space shuttle launch, which he says is tomorrow (this launch being Apollo 11, the first trip to the moon). J tries to convince him not to, revealing that is where K is murdered. K is angry to hear this, but Griffin says that K going there is the only way to save the Earth. J asks Griffin if he can save K. Griffin says he can, but that "where death was death will always be."
Boris from the future arrives to kill K. He find his past self and, despite saying he is disgusted with it, says they should team up. The younger Boris agrees.
The trio get to the space shuttle launch using jetpacks given by O. K asks J if he ends up with O, and J refuses to answer. The trio then get into the launch when Griffin shows a bit of the future to the commander of the launch site, who is a very hardworking and courageous man.
K and J battle the two Borises. They manage to launch the force field after killing the older Boris, but are separated. J arrives to see from a distance K offering the commander a position in the MIB, but the man refuses. The younger Boris, who has lost his arm to K in the fight, then attacks to kill K. The commander steps in front of the weapon. K then kills Boris, but sees the commander's child coming up. K then neuralyzes the son, telling him only "you're father was a great man who died protecting the world." J realizes the son is a younger version of himself.
J is then transported back to the present. Everything is the way it was, minus the attacking Bogladeshians. J goes to the pie shop and sees K is there, eating pie. He reveals what happened and says he is proud of K. The two leave, both more open and empathetic than before.
From a distance, Griffin watches. He remarks that this would be his favorite moment, except K forgot to tip the waiter. We then see this small detail is about to cause an asteroid to hit the pie shop. However K walks back in and leaves a tip, saying he nearly forgot. The asteroid collides with a man-mande satellite and everyone is safe, though K and J never realize how close to death they had been.
MIB3, had a song made specifically for its soundtrack just like both of its predecessors, though for the first time it was not sung by star Will Smith (Smith made "Men in Black" for Men in Black and "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" for Men in Black II). Pitbull made the new single, aptly titled "Back in Time." The song told much of the film's story and the music video featured Pitbull digitally inserted into scenes from the movie. "Back in Time" took several musical pieces from the hit song "Love is Strange," which was popularized in the popular 80s picture Dirty Dancing (set in the 1960s).
MIB3 received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned 69% positive reviews, which qualified it as "Fresh." On Metacritic, the movie earned a 58, which fell into the categories "Yellow" and "Mixed Reviews," but was only 3 points away from being in the categories "Green" and "Generally Positive Reviews." Of the Metacritic reviews, 19 were positve, 14 were mixed, and 5 were negative.
MIB3 opened to a $54 million US weekend gross, which was a great amount of money, though considerably less than Men in Black II even when not counting ticket-price inflation. It held well in the following weeks will easily pass $200 million.
Overseas, it was an even bigger hit. It will easily pass $400 million there and more than double the international gross of Men in Black II.
Trailer: Men In Black 3
Guys? Josh Brolin's Tommy Lee Jones impression is kind of uncanny. It's...weirding me out.
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|Name||Men in Black III|
|US Release||May 25, 2012|
|UK Release||May 25, 2012|
|AUS Release||May 24, 2012|
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|Alias(es)||Men in Black 3
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