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The Third Wheel (2003)

Ben Affleck , Matt Damon , Jordan Brady  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Luke Wilson, Denise Richards, Jay Lacopo
  • Directors: Jordan Brady
  • Writers: Jay Lacopo
  • Producers: Ben Affleck, Adam Rosenfelt, Chad Snopek, Chris Moore, Jeff Balis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3KK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Third Wheel" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Luke Wilson (LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE & BLONDE, OLD SCHOOL) is joined by Denise Richards (SCARY MOVIE 3, LOVE ACTUALLY) in this sexy, riotously funny comedy from producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and Chris Moore, the producer of AMERICAN PIE! When Stanley (Wilson) first meets the smart, successful, and gorgeous Diana (Richards), he instantly knows that she is the perfect girl for him. So when he finally works up the nerve to ask her out ... and she unexpectedly says "yes," Stanley does everything to make their date the perfect night on the town! Once the big night finally arrives, however, anything that can go wrong does go wrong, thanks to the constant interruptions of an unwelcome wacko who's convinced that he's doing Stanley a favor! But what starts out as an annoyance could eventually turn into an unexpected surprise!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Stuff February 19, 2005
This was not a great work of art that will live on long after we are gone. It is not full of political statements or hidden agendas that the Hollywood flicks are known for nowadays. It is simply a sweet, funny movie with no sex, drugs or violence. Some people may not get that. If you can not be entertained with out the above, this movie is not for you. Instead, if you want to find something that will make you laugh and take you on a fun ride, this would be a nice pick. Don't forget to hang in there for the credits. The song at the end should make you smile. :-)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars have you ever tried to plan the perfect date? September 21, 2004
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I rented this movie and loved it so much I bought a used copy. If you have ever tried to plan the perfect date with that special someone who you really really want to get to know better, give this film a try. You've got to laugh at Stanley and Diana if you've ever been in a similar situation. This movie lets you laugh at yourself and that's always a good thing.

Stanley is so stiff and nervous about asking Diana out (a co-worker in his office) it's a wonder she agrees to go out with him at all. He rehearses with a buddy how he will ask her out - but you can't plan a conversation when the other person isn't following a script. Still Stanley doesn't give up even when the conversation gets off to a rocky start and Diana agrees to go out with him anyway. So Stanley plans the perfect date with the woman of his dreams who he's admired from afar for over a year.

On their date Stanely is as stiff and nervous as ever and Diana can tell things are going to be awkward and uncomfortable. To make matters worse they run into this annoying homeless guy named Phil who tags along with them at every step, wreaking havoc with Stanley's carefully laid plans. Will their evening be ruined? Or will Stanley and Diana roll with the punches and turn the unexpected into an opportunity? Does your dream date really want perfect? You'll have to watch this movie to find out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! ... but you might not September 8, 2008
I love this movie - I can't really say it's a 'good' movie but I bought it immediately after I saw it. I like Luke Wilson and Denise Richards although I can't say they are great actors. I usually avoid Ben Affleck movies just because I don't like most of them. Well, Ben wasn't in this one much. He did a fine job when he was. Luke and Denise were charming as usual.
The sell for me was someone I'd never heard of although his face is familiar - Jay Lacopo, who wrote this and starred as the '3rd wheel'. He was great. He made the movie a success in my opinion. His quirky humor isn't the kind that had me laughing out loud, but it was fun and had me smiling throughout the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ever had a real bad first date? May 6, 2009
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Luke Wilson is an office nobody who falls for the new office girl Denise Richards. After months of doubt, Luke asks the dreamgirl out with the help of his best buddy Ben Affleck. His date is a series of comical misadventures stemming from a car accident involving a homelss pedestrian whose injury distracts & guides the evening. A great, funny date movie with a surprise ending to make you laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zany and funny Film April 8, 2008
This film drags a bit at times but is really a terrific little movie. Wilson makes every stupid move anyone has made in a film. The character of Phil is verry well played. Worth seeing.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem March 5, 2004
How often do you get a chance to stumble across a smart, funny comedy featuring the likes of Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson, Denise Richards and a cameo by Matt Damon? The awkward at first but later sincere chemistry between Luke and Denise carries this film early on but then toss in newcomer/writer Jay Lacopo and the real fireworks begin. I found this film to be an original spin on an old dating concept. And hats off to the producers of this film for pulling together such a star studded cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY June 15, 2009
By J. Wood
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MAN ... was I surprised ... I loved this movie's funny, and easily enjoyable ..... good clean humor, easy going plot, great acting, and well written !!!
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Third Wheel very boring and annoying!!! July 14, 2004
This movie bored me to tears and I was so happy I borrowed this from the Public Library. At least I could not be upset about spending money to view the DVD. The movie is about a dorky office guy named Stanley who wants to date the gorgeous new office worker(Denise Richards) named Diana. Every time he decides to make his move, he loses his confidence. A year passes before he finally manages to ask her out for a date, a causal date. Surprise, Surprise she agrees, but she feels the date will be a dud. The office forms a pool as to how far the date will go. Stan takes her to dinner, but while he is driving the car he hits a homeless guy named Phil. They take him to the hospital, and after that they can't seem to lose this guy. From here chaos ensues, with Phil pretty much following them the whole date. That's when I start to lose interest. Phil's character was annoying!!! His character was supposed to be like cupid or he was to help make things better during the date, but his character was so annoying, so irritating that the film lost any romantic comedy momentum. Everything he did was not funny and it's a miracle I even finished watching the film. My hand was itching to grab the remote to forward past Phil's annoying scenes. Ben Affleck has a supporting role in the film as Michael, and Matt Damon make a cameo about an 1 hour into the film that really was not needed in my opinion. If you want to be bored to sleep, then rent this movie. If you are looking for a good romantic comedy, do not watch this movie!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!-- a family favorite!
Accidentally ran across this movie on our Dish Network TV once and loved it. It is a romance, but was able to talk my husband into watching it and he laughed and smiled through... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Linda Edgington
3.0 out of 5 stars Phil's Monologue on stage
You just gotta love Phil's monologue on stage when he was talking about bread. i like bread... white bread, brown bread, whole wheat.... Read more
Published on July 3, 2007 by Paul Santos
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
It's hard for me to believe that people actually spent millions of dollars to make this movie. It simply wasn't at all interesting.
Published on June 19, 2007 by Jungatheart
3.0 out of 5 stars Next time, get her apples
I've read a few reports that say William Goldman, not Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, wrote most of "Good Will Hunting. Read more
Published on November 6, 2006 by thecableguy
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost worth a two-dollar rental.
Ok, this movie wasn't bad I guess. I'd call it your basic time-killer. There's really not much of a story. Read more
Published on February 18, 2006 by H3@+h
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little flick!
Despite a few scenes that dragged, this slightly surreal one-mishap-leads-to another first-date film was a delight. I found it sweet, funny, and often genuinely touching. Read more
Published on July 22, 2005 by E. Karasik
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Funny
Surprisingly funny "romantic" type comedy that had just enough twists to make it a "must see" movie. Read more
Published on June 4, 2005 by Mark Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE
I LOVE THIS MOVIE................ They filmed it in my house and gave me BIG bucks to do it! My house is the BEST thing going in this flix. Check it out. Read more
Published on February 28, 2005 by PROUD HOME OWNER
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