- Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and more.
- Directed by: Todd Phillips (Old School)
- Synopsis: “It’s been two years. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living uneventful lives at home.The only member of the Wolfpack who’s not content is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group’s black sheep has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way—which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters and no judgment—until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help he needs.And who better than his three best friends to make sure he takes the first step. This time, there’s no bachelor party. No wedding. What could possibly go wrong? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.“The Hangover Part III” is the epic conclusion to an incomparable odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions, in which the guys must finish what they started by going back to where it all began: Las Vegas.One way or another…it all ends here.”
- Rated: Rated R for strong language, violence, drug usage, nudity, sexual content and more.
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The Hangover Part III reunites the infamous Wolf Pack for another unintended adventure expected to be full of debauchery, drunkenness and danger (see the synopsis above for plot details). And, while the third of this series continues with some of the same laughs, plots and characters, this is one reviewer that thankfully welcomes its end. Hit the jump to read more on my thoughts on The Hangover Part III and see if the third time truly is the charm.
My thoughts by the end of this movie: “When will these guys ever learn?” That’s not what I had to say about the characters in the film…that was my sentiment towards the makers of the movie themselves. You may recall my review of The Hangover Part II (entitled “The Hangover Hurts!…twice over.”) and my thoughts after writing it which caused me to complain that the film tried too hard to outdo its predecessor with outlandish happenings and louder screaming. While that was indeed annoying in Part II, Part III ended up being perhaps just as annoying for the exact opposite reason.
This installment starts with a different tone that may catch a few viewers off guard but grab their attention. Its story, dependent on the previous parts of the series, is actually quite plausible given the characters involved and how they operate. I said it’s plausible…however, I didn’t say it was too comical.
They say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” I don’t think that’s 100% true, but perhaps it should be. The Hangover series should have begun, ended and stayed in Vegas after the first one. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and the rest attempt to entertain in this sad continuation that coasts its way through to the end and suffers from simply existing but not truly entertaining. Rehashing and reusing some (not all) of the same formula and focusing on characters that remained practically unchanged and therefore offering nothing too new or interesting, this third time is not all that charming.
Yes, it has its laughs, but the real good laughs are about as existent as that fabled “when pigs fly” moment (it happens, but rarely…when bacon is on sale at the local store). Ironically almost the entire film is absent any hangover altogether. Admittedly, the references and returning characters from the previous films are fun to see. Appearances from the likes of Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Jamie Chung (too short of an appearance…again), Jeffrey Tambor and more are joined by John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy and others (no Mike Tyson…sorry).
All is not completely terrible and they do offer…as tradition would have it…an after credit scene that attempts to bring in the large laughs and goes too over the top in true Hangover fashion. (I hope you are not taking your kids to see this movie…but, if for some odd reason you felt the need to, you should have your kids leave as soon as the credits start rolling.) This film’s last-minute offerings of comedy is but a poor pity apology from the filmmakers for practically wasting the previous 90 mins of your life on a film that hoped to offer closure but ultimately went nowhere until the final few moments.
Ultimately, this Hangover fails. It has several similarities to the previous ones (a wedding, who’s in danger, Vegas, etc.) but not enough when it counts. I remember thinking at the end of the first one “Man, that has got to be one of the greatest worst times in Vegas EVER! They had a fun time, sure, but boy what a way to do it!” It was epic. Nothing since then in this franchise has been able to top it. Not even by the Wolfpack themselves. This is one Hangover…of several…that you can afford to skip. (I’m not even sure the hope/attempt for closure is worth it.)
Hooray! The Hangover trilogy is done! Better than the second one, but still bad. (Is any hangover ever really a good one?) 😀
My Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars for The Hangover Part III
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–T, The Focused Filmographer
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