Psych 3: This is Gus (2021) Film Review

Rating PG
Length 1h36
Release 18.11.2021
Director Steve Franks
About As Gus plans a wedding and Selene delays signing the divorce papers from her previous marriage, Shawn launches an investigation to uncover her mysterious past.
Moon: no moon sighting
Where to Watch: Streaming on Peacock subscription via Now

The Good

  • Psych is wonderful. By that, I mean the entire franchise. If you’ve never seen an episode, I recommend you stop what you’re doing and prepare to binge this 8 season detective comedy that is Lucifer meets Chuck by way of Community.
    This feature length outing is no exception. The 90minutes could see you easily shout BINGO on a card of catch phrases and situations we’ll have seen Shawn and Gus tumble into time and time again.
  • Timothy Omundson has always been a scene stealer, but there’s something beautiful and empowering about the inclusion of Omudson’s character, Lassie.
    For those who perhaps are not aware, Omundson suffered a stroke in 2017 and this had an impact on his ability to walk. Honestly, his recovery has been wonderful, powerful, to watch. I cannot help but feel proud of this man and the hope he undoubtedly is giving many people out there who have, are, and will face life changing events.
    • Also, Lassie is a badass and one of the funniest characters I’ve seen on tv. He’s the love child of Chandler Bing and Marvin the Android. You *may* start by hating the uptight and surly Carlton Lasseter, but he’ll steal your heart in the end.
  • Shawn is a man-child. It’s the crux of the comedy and hijinks and I’m here for it. I enjoy it so much mainly because he’s not in my life causing chaos.
  • Every fan favourite gets to play and they don’t ever feel shoehorned.

The Bad

  • I do feel like the ‘psych’ part was cast aside in this outing, which is a shame because it’s the bit that sets the show apart from other ‘detectives with a civilian’ shows out there (Lucifer, i Zombie, White Collar, Castle… to name a few)
  • I couldn’t tell you for certain as I’ve not watched This is Us, but I do suspect there were some jokes or Easter Eggs I missed during my watch.

The Ugly

  • This isn’t a place for the uninitiated to start. When it’s the third movie continuance of a beloved tv series, there is some expectation that the viewer is familiar with Shawn and his friends. There are call backs and history that would just bog a film like this down, so please, don’t watch this film in isolate and expect to love it. It really is that friend that you need to get to know first.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t like it, suck it!

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