Todd Phillips’s The Hangover Part 3 (2013) Movie Review


Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha and John Goodman

When the original Hangover came out back in 2009, nobody was thinking about a trilogy. But then it made a bazillion bucks and that in Hollywood screams sequel. Thus came The Hangover Part II. (2011) Of course, that made a bazillion bucks and you know what that means. The Wolf-pack is back with The Hangover Part III.

42-year-old man-child Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has hit a rough patch. Still living at home with no job prospects and no girlfriend, he also becomes tabloid fodder following a freeway accident, and his father (Jeffrey Tambor) dies from a heart attack. An intervention is set up involving his mother (Sondra Currie), brother-in-law Doug (Justin Bartha), sister Tracy (Sasha Barrese), and pals Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), looking to convince Alan to agree to rehab. En route to the clinic, Alan and his Wolf Pack are attacked by crime lord Marshall (John Goodman), who kidnaps Doug as a bargaining chip while he sends the rest of the boys to track down recent prison escapee Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). It turns out that Chow ripped off Marshall to the tune of $21 million, and now he wants to exact revenge on the cocaine-crazed Chinese gangster.

Since the first two Hangover movies were comedies you would think that The Hangover Part III would also be a comedy. But Director Todd Philips and Craig Mazin have written a movie that is more crime drama than a comedy. There’s a nefariousness to the characters particularly with Chow. None of the main characters have any appeal. The writers know there is no arc, dimension, development or range in any of these men, so this time they’ve picked the stupidest character and the vilest character to lead this gazillion $ production with dialogue which sometimes doesn’t make sense, let alone make for witty comedy.

Alan causing a multi vehicle accident – Goodman kidnaps – Chow singing karaoke – cocaine addicted cocks attack – Stu mission impossible act – Chow eating dog food – Chow insulting people – Alan shares lollipop with Melissa McCarthy – Phil saying WTF is going on – Stu drives a limo – Chow parachuting over Las Vegas – Show killing the Goodman…. That’s in short The Hangover 3.

The Hangover Part III is a comedy without a single laugh and an experience without a single commendable element stretching across its 1 hour 20 minute running time. It’s a feat of pure failure and incompetence at every turn and a thoroughly unpleasant film. If you must see The Hangover Part III to finish the trilogy, save your money and wait for its DVD. It’s an terrible conclusion to the story of the Wolf-pack.

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