The Hangover Part III
It's been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) have happy lives at home -- but Alan (Zach Galifianakis) doesn't. Still lacking contentment and a sense of purpose, Alan has gone off his meds and surrendered to his natural impulses. It's up to the other members of the Wolfpack to get him through his personal crisis by embarking on a road trip to the place it all began: Las Vegas.
|Cast:||Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, Gillian Vigman|
|Directed by:||Todd Phillips|
|Produced by:||Todd Phillips, Dan Goldberg|
FILM REVIEW: THE HANGOVER PART III
By Roger Moore
Tribune Newspapers Critic
Slow, sentimental and somewhat sedated, the third "Hangover" movie isn't so much exhausted of outrageous "Oh no, they didn't!" ideas as it is spent of energy. And they knew it, too. The only raunchy moment is stuffed into the closing credits, a "we forgot to do that" afterthought.
They know they're done. They just want to make sure we know.
"The Hangover Part III" becomes a fairly conventional caper comedy, with the capers driven by the still-cackling, far-less-manic Mr. Chow, played right to the edge of caricature by the irrepressible Ken Jeong.
It begins with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) buying and accidentally decapitating a (digital) giraffe, driving his doting dad (Jeffrey Tambor) to a heart attack. And that's just the first death.
Ditzy Alan needs an intervention, and that's when the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) is commissioned to deliver him to a rehab facility in Arizona. On the way, they're carjacked by a mobster (John Goodman) who takes hapless Doug (Bartha, who's had the "missing" role in all three films, poor fellow) hostage. The Wolf Pack has to track down the thieving Mr. Chow, who has escaped from a Thai prison.
"You introduced a virus into my life, Mr. Chow," the mob boss bellows. Go fetch him.
The boys promise to "take him out" to save Doug. That leads us to Tijuana and eventually back to where all this started -- Las Vegas.
There's only one funny cameo, and funny lines are rare and random this time -- references to past escapades ("Did you get tested?") and Mr. Chow's peccadilloes ("Gimme some sugar").
People and animals die.
Even the racist zingers feel like pulled punches:
"We're looking for an Asian guy. He's short."
"They're all short."
As is the movie, though it plays considerably longer than the first two. As "Hangovers" go, "Part III" isn't challenging or unpleasant, just instantly forgettable. It won't take much to sleep this one off.
MPAA rating: R (for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity).
Running time: 1:40.
Cast: Bradley Cooper (Phil); Ed Helms (Stu); Zach Galifianakis (Alan); Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow).
Credits: Directed by Todd Phillips; written by Phillips and Craig Mazin, based on the characters by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; produced by Phillips and Daniel Goldberg. A Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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