Starring: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Ed Helms (White Rapid Waters), Zach Galifinakis (The Campaign), John Goodman (Argo), Justin Bartha (The Hangover 2), Ken Jeong (Pain and Gain), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief), Jeffrey Tambor (The Hangover 2), Mike Epps (Sparkle)
For the third and final installment to yet another movie that should have been a standalone, we find the wolf pack back in Las Vegas again. They are thrusted into a situation where they have to turn Chow (Jeong) over to a man (Goodman) who Chow stole money from.
The movie started off with Alan (Galifinakis) driving down the highway with a giraffe in tow. But a little misjudgment caused a great scandal that Alan’s dad (Tambor) had to cover up. While Alan’s getting yelled at, his father has a heart attack and doesn’t make it.
The gang meets at the funeral to lay his father to rest. After the funeral, Doug (Bartha) asks Phil (Cooper) and Stu (Helms) to come to the intervention they are having in order to get Alan some help.
After they convince him to go to the clinic to get help, the group are off on their way to bring Alan to Arizona. On the way, they get run off the road and kidnapped. They are brought to a man named Marshall (Goodman) who Black Doug (Epps) works for. Marshall replays how things got so screwed up and how Chow stole all his gold bars. He takes Doug as hostage until the other three find Chow and bring him to Marshall.
Phil, Alan, and Stu start off on their trek and they first go to Tijuana. They find him and they agree to a deal to get Marshall his money back.
After they get the money, Chow shows his true colors and abandons the trio and takes off with the money. The trio are given a second chance to find Chow and to bring him to Marshall. They learn that he is now in Las Vegas.
In Vegas, they track the van he used to a pawn shop. Alan gets infatuated with the owner (McCarthy) and she tells them where she sent him.
The trio know that he called in a bunch of escorts and went to have a party somewhere. In order to find out where, they enlist the help of Stu’s first wife, Jade (Graham). She tells calls in one of her old hooker friends and finds out that he’s partying at the Caesar’s Palace hotel.
At the hotel. Phil devises a plan in order to get to Chow. The plan doesn’t go exactly according to plan, but they do get Chow in the end. Thus leading to a showdown between Marshall and Chow.
The movie did have a different plot line then the first two movies, which is an improvement. What many people didn’t like about the second one is that the plot line was very similar to the first movie, myself included.
With that being said, I went in trying not to expect too much and that is the way that you should approach this movie. I knew that the movie wasn’t going to top the first one, because really you can’t. The first oen was highly original and in my opinion should have remained a stand alone film. The fact that they made not one but two sequels kind of put me off of it and got highly disappointed with the studios when they kill a good idea into the ground.
Just looking at the movie alone, it was certainly a step up from the second movie. It had more of an original idea, but did connect the first two movies. There were parts that were a bit much, like the giraffe scene, but if it’s one thing I’ve learned about the series is that they like to go just a little bit over the top.
What I missed from the movie is those one-liners that will having you quoting it after the movie ends. The first movie had so many good ones, it’s what made it so perfect.
I did enjoy watching the transformation of Alan. We got to see him basically hit rock bottom after his father dies and how this trip picks him up and helps him create a new life for himself. Out of all the characters in the series, he’s the only one that I think they really developed. I think that if you are going to have a series of movies, you should develop the character and give them more depth. Stu had a little bit of depth in the second movie, but Phil had next to zero on his development. I would have thought that they would have given him something, especially after Bradley Cooper got his Oscar nom.
As a whole, it is a movie that really shouldn’t have been made, because the series should have just stopped after the first one. It had it’s funny moments but it’s not laugh out loud funny as one might expect. If you have only seen the first one, then I wouldn’t suggest watching the next two. It’s not really worth watching the other two but if you have seen the first two then the third one will tie the series together nicely and it would be worth watching the third movie.