Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Hangover Part III (2013)

Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The epic conclusion to the trilogy of mayhem and bad decisions

Plot: In the aftermath of the death of Alan's father, the wolf pack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolf pack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I'm glad it's over.  I loved THE HANGOVER (2009), they took two giant steps backward in THE HANGOVER PART II (2011) and they've decided to go in a different direction with this third and final chapter which was a step in the right direction.  I laughed quite a bit but it's far from a home run or approaching the greatness that is the original.  John Goodman's presence just goes to show how he needs to be in more movies.  One thing that was kind of refreshing in this one was there were some really serious moments.  I also dig that they didn't try to run down the bullet points of the formula they established in the first one and proved they couldn't successfully repeat the formula in the second.  Doug (Bartha) is mostly absent, Chow (Jeong) is in it A LOT and he's great (what a despicable asshole he is), the business with Alan (Galifianakis) and Cassie (McCarthy) was nice as was the conclusion of the boys' story and then the ending.  If you dare see it in the theater, be sure to stay about a half minute into the end credits for some laugh out loud business.  Even though I'm glad this series has ended, the characters are fun even if the second and third instalments didn't come close to the original.  If you thought the second one was terrible like I did, give this one a shot.  There's a lot more to like this time out and they're at least doing something different.  And how about three cheers for Stu (Helms) NOT singing a song this time!

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