The Hangover Part III

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The Hangover Part III
The Hangover III

A surprise blockbuster hit, the original ‘Hangover’ took a brotastic scenario then mined it for gross-out comic gold. Success breeds sequels, or in the case of ‘The Hangover II’, the exact same movie reset in Bangkok. This third – and if there is a benevolent god, last – entry finds our unholy trinity returning to the original scene of the crime,Vegas. Wolf Packers Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are on the road again when they’re kidnapped by John Goodman’s mob boss; it seems Mr Chow (Ken Jeong, cringeworthy as ever) has stolen some gold bricks, and only the trio can find him.

You’d think that a Vegas reprise might channel some of the first film’s gonzo energy, but other than an early giggle-inducing shocker (two words: giraffe decapitation), ‘Part III’ has curiously little interest in being even remotely funny. Instead, director Todd Phillips inexplicably aims at making a standard action movie, complete with car chases and break-ins that compound the sense of creative bankruptcy. Galifianakis’s clueless manchild act feels pitifully DOA, while Cooper and Helms, having realised they could play their roles in their sleep, proceed to do just that. It’s only in an end-credits coda that the envelope-pushing of the series is displayed. That you have to wallow through 100 minutes of Hollywood dry-heaving to get there is the sort of fuck-you to the fans you’d rather forget.

By: David Fear


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Thursday May 23 2013
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper
Zach Galifianakis
Ed Helms

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2.1 / 5

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I`m very much with scrumpy on this one. Time Out`s "pro critics", in particular, seem to delight in doling out insulting one-star ratings to accomplished and enjoyable movies. Entertaining.

I tend to agree with the review. After the disappointment of the second film we are back on familiar ground in Vegas. However though the film never really reaches the heights of the first film. Goodman is good, Chow is amusing but annoying and Alan is still the lost and annoying man child you would find amusing for a couple of hours but would want to kill within 2 days. A week after watching Fast 6 in a virtually full screening there were only half a dozen watching this at the same time on a Saturday PM. Time to call a halt to a story that has run its course. A fair 5 out of 10. If there is nothing else to watch then this 2 star film could fill a couple of hours that you may struggle to remember much of a week later.

Chow is "cringeworthy"? Yup, that is the general point of the character and has been since the first was written. I thought it highly enjoyable since the over crudity of 2 has been greatly lessened. 6+