THE HANGOVER PART III Movie Review

It all started on the roof of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Seems fitting it would end almost the same way. The wolf pack is reuniting for a trilogy in “The Hangover Part III”. The original is a classic. It had the audience in hysterics and shock at how far they pushed the envelope. The sequel in Bangkok could not compare. Needless to say it was a total flop. Somehow this version works and closes things out. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is in mourning over the death of his father and it appears he has a few underlying issues after refusing to take his medication.

He is out of control and his family and friends stage an intervention. Hoping Alan will listen to their concerns and consider entering a treatment facility in Arizona. Alan seems touched that his wolf pack is there and is speechless when Phil (Bradley Cooper) tells him he loves him and wants him to get help. Upon learning the pack including Phil, Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) will drive him to the facility he agrees to go. Fearful of what awaits him Alan tries to bail until all hell breaks loose.

The events from Vegas in 2009 have come back to haunt these men. Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) used his conniving skills to steal gold bars worth millions. The owner Marshall (John Goodman) ambushes the wolf pack and demands to know where their friend Mr. Chow is. The apparent friendship is with Alan as the two have been in contact. As usual the other guys are dragged into a crazy adventure. Marshall demands they locate Mr. Chow in three days, taking Doug as collateral.

The trio is off on another mission to save their friend. When you get this group together anything goes. From parachuting over the Las Vegas strip to a very sensual moment between Alan and Cassie (Melissa McCarthy). It was enjoyable to see the film return to Vegas for a portion of the story. The comedy was solid, but nothing over the top. The storyline and dialogue seemed more tamed then its predecessors. The casts chemistry was superb and the addition of Melissa McCarthy and John Goodman only added to that charisma. Don’t expect this Hangover to compare to the original, but it does supersede its dull sequel.

One Response to THE HANGOVER PART III Movie Review

  1. Dan O. says:

    Good review Jo. Any chance this movie had at being edgy, or even hilarious for that matter, was all lost by the third dead animal this movie seemed to take pride in. Despicable.

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