The Hangover Part III (2013)

The Hangover Part IIIWhen he inadvertently decapitates a giraffe and causes a motorway pileup, Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) returns home to find his friends staging an intervention; Alan has been off his prescribed ADHD medication for months, and his beloved Wolfpack wish to drive him to a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. On the way, however, they encounter mob leader Marshall (John Goodman), who kidnaps Doug (Justin Bartha) as collateral and orders Alan, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) to find Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and return the millions of dollars worth of gold that was stolen from him.

When the first sequel was released back in 2011, two years after The Wolfpack were first introduced to cinemagoers, it was criticised for sticking too closely to the original film’s formula. A tired retread that recycled the same plot points, offensive jokes and woeful celebrity cameos, The Hangover Part II was savaged by critics even as it stormed the international box office.

Flash-forward to 2013 and apparently despite director Todd Phillips’ insistence that Part II was even better than the first film he seems to have taken on board at least some of that criticism. The Hangover Part III does away with the franchise’s well-worn structure (for the most part, at least) and instead sees our (this time sober) heroes returning to Las Vegas for slightly different reasons.

Strangely, rather than breathe new life into the now stagnant series, The Hangover Part III instead ignores that it even belongs to one — aside from the occasional, awkwardly integrated flashback that serves only to convolute the plot. It certainly has nothing to do with hangovers, that’s for sure. And even while Phillips thinks he is forging new ground, the plot merely finds new ways of hitting all the usual marks: Alan adopts an unusual animal, Ken Jeong gets naked and, once again, The Wolfpack have to find a missing Doug.

The first film succeeded thanks to its escalating absurdity, as three every-men (along with Alan) found themselves lost and out of their combined depths in Vegas. The Hangover Part III — even more so than Part II — tries and fails to find the fun in either the desperation or humiliation of its characters. Nowadays The Hangover is just the Zach Galifianakis show: random crassness delivered by one of the most hateful and unsympathetic characters of the last ten years.

An illegitimate action movie that forgets or outright ignores its own comedic roots, The Hangover Part III is every bit as tasteless, offensive and unimaginative as the first two movies, only without the occasional distraction of a half-decent joke. The end of an alleged trilogy, however, perhaps we might now finally dose up on ibuprofen and put this particular hangover to bed once and for all.



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I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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