Hangover Part 3
The Hangover Part 3, directed and written by Todd Phillips, is a mean spirited film where the comedy that made the first film memorable is dumped for an action drama.
With the Hangover Part 2 essentially being the same premise as the first film which discouraged most viewers and fans of the franchise, Hangover Part 3 was given the task of turning this trilogy around bringing new light to the characters and this time, no weddings.
Instead, what audiences will get from Hangover Part 3 is a lot of awkward silence without any payoff.
The story, while not predictable, isn’t original either. Considering that Hangover Part 3 combines a coming of age story into adulthood with an overgrown man-child who lacks any common sense, the film fails to make him three dimensional or likeable.
Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is out of control first by accidentally decapitating a giraffe which results in giving his father Sid (Jeffrey Tambor) a heart attack when he refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
With the death of Alan’s father and his continued resistance to take his medication, Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) stage an intervention, convincing him to go to an Arizona rehab center.
The gang takes a road trip to Arizona where they run into Marshall (John Goodman) along with his head of security Black Doug (Mike Epps) who ram Phil’s minivan off the road taking Doug hostage in exchange for Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and $42 million.
Stu, Doug and Alan have no other choice but to head out in search for Chow and to waste an hour of the audience’s time. The subplots are either unfocused or drag along so it’s not difficult to see why Hangover Part 3 isn’t worth viewing in theaters.
At this point in the film, any sense of camaraderie and character development is out the window instead replaced with rehashed ideas better suited for a film such as Snatch.
While Phillips made the right choice by not remaking the same bachelor party type film for the third installment, what replaced it is equivalent to an “IOU” written onto a piece of used toilet paper.
Nothing about Hangover Part 3 draws the audience in other than a vague promise of things being different.
Avoid this movie at all costs. It’s not worth the time or money to waste on a product vacant of any satisfaction that will only leave heart-broken fans and audiences devastated by this train wreck known as Hangover Part 3.
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