The Hangover Part III

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It sucked!It'll be on cable.I liked it.It was good!It was awesome!! (1 People gave this 3.00 out of 5)
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Directed by: Tod Phillips
Written By:  Tod Phillips, Craig Mazin, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, John Goodman, and Melissa McCarthy

The third and final chapter of THE HANGOVER is in itself very funny, but it’s not the same film as its two predecessors. For one thing, this is definitely Zach Galifianakis’ film, who along with his real cohorts Ken Jeong and Melissa McCarthy provide all the fun; everyone else is just along for the ride. Of the “Wolfpack” members Phil (Bradley Cooper) does one thing and one thing only, he walks through the film smiling, Stu (Ed Helms) continues his over reacting to everything, and Doug (Justin Bartha) as always, disappears.

A much darker theme marks the third outing, but that doesn’t limit the belly laughs provided along the way, and there are many.

Here’s the storyline:
Galifianakis’, the inappropriate man-child Alan, looses his father who is his rock, his balancing influence, and in the depth of his grief, has gone off his meds and is totally out of control. So his family and friends decide to stage an intervention. The plan is for the “Wolfpack” to drive him to a treatment center somewhere in Arizona. And so another journey begins, only this time there’s no bachelor party so what could possibly go wrong? Well, in the world of these four guys, “what could possibly go right” would be a better question. Suddenly, an odd enemy (John Goodman) and disaster-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), hijack the trip and the downward spiral begins. Chasing their tails all over the Southwest and Mexico, contending with bad guys, robberies, crackpot plans, and oh yes, even romance, the boys finally wind up back where it all began, Vegas!

It’s hard to tell you more without giving away the fun of the whole thing, but I need to mention the scene stealing performance of Melissa McCarthy. In her moments with Galifianakis the screen is on fire. Were it anyone else but him across from her, that actor would have melted into the background, but not our Zack! He elevates their scenes through the roof. Someone please, please star them in a film together! Oh, and please include Mr. Chow, ‘cause the little guy is a certified lunatic, with tremendous comic timing; he’s just plain fun to watch.

My hat’s off to director Tod Phillips as well, this is comedy at a gut level and he never backs off for a second. He seems to understand when to hit the jokes, which jokes to dwell on, and when to let the audience just think it through. Can’t wait to see what he’s up to next.

So, my take…See it, Laugh with it, Enjoy it and have a good night.

Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5) “THE HANGOVER – Part 3” is Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity. Running time: 100 minutes.

Alyn Darnay Alyn Darnay of Chaos Films!


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