In the aftermath of the death of Alan’s father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him.
In Theaters: May 23, 2013; MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity); Genres: Comedy, Sequel; Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes; Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Mike Epps, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, John Goodman
Lay was off Tuesday this week, so we went to see Hangover Part III. It was a worthy successor to the franchise. It was a great follow-on to the previous movies, but would also stand on its own.
The original Hangover film is a classic and introduced the world to the genius that is Zach Galifianakis. It was fresh, original, shocking and hilarious fun. The Hangover II was not only one of the weakest sequels ever made but also one of the saddest excuses for a comedy. It lacked any originality and came off more as a bad remake than a sequel. For instance, instead of Las Vegas it was Bangkok. Instead of a baby, they had a monkey. Instead of a rooftop, it was an out-of-order elevator. The only bits that weren’t the same as the original were more low-brow shocks.
It doubles as an action film this time around, and does OK with that genre. It’s not “rolling-on-the-floor” funny, but I laughed out loud a few times. It’s worth seeing, but keep in mind, it’s just there for fun and cheap gags.