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The third in the series is a pretty sketchy comedy. It's clearly trying to bank on earlier successes, bringing back popular characters and letting them do their thing one more time, in a plot that doesn't make much sense, nor carries much weight. Good old franchise material in other words.

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Lassard's students are returning to school. Not to learn, but to teach, as budgets are dwindling and one of the recruitment schools has to close. Mauser and his gang aren't too happy to see them return and will do everything in their power to trip up their old nemeses and their new recruits.

The jokes are pretty basic and predictable. Each character gets a few scenes to showcase his or her typical trait, and that's about it really. It's not high art, but I did appreciate the fact that the film foregoes all drama and just delivers comedy from start to finish. Not a great film, but not a terrible way to pass the time either.

A sequel that doesn't deviate too much from the original. Some silly pranks, a few pleasant jokes but plenty of failed ones too. Bob Goldthwait's performance is memorable (though I wouldn't call it good) and the film doesn't outstay its welcome, but it's hardly masterpiece material. Just some basic comedy filler.