Hangover III — movie review
Release date: May 30, 2013
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and John Goodman
As the posters, trailers and TV spots have proclaimed, “It ends tonight” — or rather with “The Hangover part III”, which has promised to be the last and final installment in the movie series. This is a good thing because this trilogy should have never gone further than the first movie.
Director Todd Phillips and crew assembled once more, promising to erase the bad taste from “The Hangover part II”, which was nothing more than a literal rehash of the first movie’s plot and jokes set in Thailand instead of Vegas.
Forgoing the lost night scenario, “Hangover 3” focuses on Alan (Galifianakis), whose life is on a bit of a downturn after the death of his father, the beheading of his pet giraffe, and his refusal to make any changes in his life. Enter the Wolfpack, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha), who agree to take Alan to a rehab center in Arizona. Of course, things go wrong because these guys can’t go anywhere together without getting into trouble.
Because this has suddenly become a trilogy, the plot of the third film has to link back to the original. Meet Marshall (John Goodman), the drug dealer who lost out when Black Doug (Mike Epps) sold Alan ruffies instead of ecstasy. Since that ill-fated deal, Chow (Ken Jeong) has gotten one over on Marshall again and again, and is now in possession of $21 million in gold bars — and Marshall wants the Wolfpack to find Chow.
“Hangover III” quickly delves into dark comic territory as the Wolfpack travels to Tijuana, Mexico and then back to Vegas, but the laughs are nothing more than the occasional chuckle. Where the first movie, and even to some extent the second, had some genuinely shockingly hilarious moments, the third movie never pushes the boundaries past the mention of cocaine and hookers. Let’s be honest, if you’ve been to Vegas, that’s nothing.
What worked about the first film was watching these three idiots try to piece together a night in Vegas that quickly got out of control. Galifianakis and Jeong, who worked in small doses in the first movie, have seen their screen time juiced up over the past two movies and too much of anything is never good, especially when it comes to these two guys. Their relationship gets the lion’s share of plot points here, which does nothing more than to allow both of them to act completely obnoxious, without doing anything to help develop their characters.
“Hangover III” has some funny moments, most of which rely on the chemistry between the three leads and their ability to play off each other, rather than producing any new jokes or characters. Ultimately, it’s too much Chow and Alan and not enough of the group dynamic.
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