Movie Review: Housefull (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Hit

housefullAfter a long painful drought (thanks to the exam season and IPL matches) of plain boring to irritating films arrives Sajid Khan’s Housefull. While in totality it does fall short of being the big great summer entertainer that it is been claiming to be, it however manages to bring many laughs for you. However, eventually it settles down in familiar territory.

Housefull narrates the tale of Aarush (Akshay), a perpetually unlucky bloke and a loser in life who moves into the house of his best buddy cum another loser, Bob (Ritesh) and his wife Hetal (Lara). But things continue to go wrong for Aarush. Convinced that true love can fade away his bad luck jinx, a desperate Aarush enters into many complicated situations while seeking it. Thus enter Sandy (Deepika) and Devika (Jiah) in his life. Things complicate further with the arrival of Sandy’s angry brother Major Krishna Rao (Arjun Rampal) and Hetal’s estranged dad Batuk Patel (Boman Irani). How Aarush and Bob in an attempt to hoodwink Krishna Rao and Batuk go on creating more confusion leading to a mirthful chaos forms the rest of the plot.


Much was expected from Sajid Khan who has been literally claiming from rooftops for weeks now that he has made the year’s biggest blockbuster. Though he has not entirely let us down, you do wish he could have opted for a more innovative plot. The second half ends up being more of an Anees Bazmee film what with characters trying to hide identities and going on a lying spree. Sajid Khan also seems to have taken the slap stick humour bit quiet seriously what with so many slaps happening within the film. A ‘slapathon’ sequence reminding of his Heyy Babyy takes place too.


Good Reviews  |    |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “not a complete laugh-riot, but is an entertainer all the way”
4.0 “will keep you in engaged due to the loads of glitz, glamor and humor in the film.”
Zee News
3.0 “aims to entertain and succeeds in doing so irrespective of its negative points. Go watch Housefull if you seek pure no hassles entertainment.”
Real Bollywood
3.0 “might not set the summer scorching, but it does create a ripple after a prolonged lull at the multiplexes”
Times Of India
3.0 “pure masala entertainer for the masses designed for the fun hungry souls of Bollywood. Go for it leaving your brains behind and enjoy “
3.0 “Lower your expectations a wee bit and give it a try, you’ll end up enjoying it.”
Now Running
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Surely they weren’t looking for any critical acclaim here. Fair enough then.”
Hindustan Times
2.0 “the writing in Housefull is too mediocre and the film is, at best, a below average entertainer. “
2.0 “The intention is to make you laugh of course, which it manages at exactly 2-and-a-half places.”
DNA India
2.0 “A Prada parrot and a monkey that slaps…the language is coarse and the humor in-your-face. “
India Today
2.0 “a painful experience”
1.5 “forgettable movie”
Star Box Office
1.0 “There is tacky, there is trashy and then there is a whole new depth of shamelessness “
1.0 “It merely indicates that we are going through the Rusty age of comedy. Stay at home, and tickle yourself with a feather instead”
Khalid Mohamed
0.5 “crass, ugly, mean-spirited, and so lowbrow that it makes ‘Xcuse Me’ look like ‘Chupke Chupke’.”

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