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The Hangover Part III
The Hangover Part III
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Epps, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, Sondra Currie, Gillian Vigman, Oliver Cooper
Synopsis: When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity
The Epic Finale to the Hangover Trilogy
Like the first movie, "The Hangover Part III" completely blew away my expectations. Granted, I wouldn't dare say this is the best in the franchise, as that honor still goes to part one. However, part three comes pretty damn close. Unlike the previous two films, this one doesn't involve our heroes having a wild night of drinking, and then waking up the next day with no recollection of what happened the night before; hence leaving them in a situation to figure things.
No, "The Hangover Part III" vies for a different route, as it's story is more straightforward than the previous chapters. And, it surprisingly rounds out the whole series to be a trilogy; which is something I never would've expected from watching the previous chapters.
However, that's not to say the film doesn't have it's own share of surprises here and there, and there's even a funny after credit scene that audiences should look out for. Although surprisingly, this film features the least amount of "d*** jokes" than the previous chapters as well. Don't get me wrong, the d*** jokes are still there, but it's not as heavy as we saw in the previous chapters. For those wondering what a d*** joke is, it's essentially a lot of humor relating to homosexuality and male genitalia that seems to be popular among mainstream adult comedies these days.
The story focuses on Alan (Zach Galifianakis), who still seems to play the lovable socially awkward boob that somehow lands our other two protagonists in a heap of trouble all the time. However, his father, Sid (Jefferey Tambor), grows tired of his son's shinanigans, and demands he starts to grow up; which he refuses.
Unfortunately, Sid dies afterwards, and this puts Alan's friends and family in a weird place. They love Alan, but they know he's not well. Therefore, they have an intervention with him, and insist he stay at a hospital for awhile to straighten out his mental issues. Alan is reluctant to agree, but he's forced to do so anyway.
Like the previous films, it's a long road trip with Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan. However, they run into a sinister mafia boss named Marshall (John Goodman), who many fans might remember being mentioned in the first "Hangover" movie.
Needless to say, Marshall is in need of their assistance because Alan allegedly has been keeping in touch via e-mails and texts with Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), for the past few months. For those that may not remember Mr. Chow, he was the naked Asian guy from the first film, and he played a larger role in the second one. However, why would a big time mafia boss care about Chow though?
As it turns out, Mr. Chow stole over twenty million dollars in gold from Marshall, and he wants it all back by any means necessary; thus he requires the wolf pack's assistance. Like all reasonable people, they refuse at first, but Marshall changes their tune when he kidnaps Doug. His threat is that unless they can deliver Mr. Chow and his gold within a certain time frame, then Doug will be killed. Gee, I'm starting to feel sorry for Doug at this point, as he seems to be the guy that's always ends up being kidnapped.
Anyway, our heroes eventually track Chow down through a series of events that somehow lead them back to Las Vegas, where it all started. Hijinks and misadventures pursue, as this is one epic climax that fans won't want to miss.
As I mentioned earlier, the film focuses more on Alan's growth as a character; which oddly makes the entire trilogy about him. Even more surprising, most audiences wouldn't guess that if they saw the previous chapters, but somehow "The Hangover Part III" makes it all come together that way.
Using various references to the prior films, this one definitely feels like an ending to the franchise altogether; which is surprising considering how most movie franchises tend to run their product into the ground until it dies (i.e. "American Pie"). Perhaps Warner Bros. wants this franchise to end on top instead of running it into the ground, or maybe the actors are demanding too much money to reprise their perspective roles (ala "The Avengers").
Whatever the case maybe, I have to admit that "The Hangover" franchise is arguably one of the most unique film franchises out there. Granted, I doubt this series will be remembered fondly for years to come like "Ghostbusters" and etc, but it's definitely one of the better comedy franchises out there.
Although I did say this film was focused on Alan's growth as a character, I wouldn't be so quick to assume he won't still be playing the moronic lovable boob in part three. Far from it, as Zach Galifianakis still plays the socially awkward boob like nobody's business. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms are a hoot to watch too, as the chemistry between these three is still there. Ken Jeong is having a lot of fun playing the eccentric Asian criminal, and John Goodman kills it as the bada** mafia boss, in this film.
Overall, if you're a fan of the previous films, then I would definitely recommend it. It's not only funny, but it also puts a nice end to arguably one of the funnier comedy franchises out there. However, if you've never liked any of the previous movies coming into this, then I'm afraid all hope is lost on you, as nothing in "The Hangover Part III" will change your mind to liking the series. Not as great the first one, but miles ahead of the second one, as I'd have to rate this at a three out of four.