Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Hangover III advertised as the finale of the trilogy is a big improvement on the second movie.  But does it top the original?  Unfortunately, no.  However, Hangover III still makes for a good comedy with it's solid recurring cast of the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha) along with Ken Jeong and new villain John Goodman.

The biggest problem with the Hangover trilogy is how high the bar was set for the first Hangover.  Hangover II tried to follow the exact same formula as the first one which led to many been there, seen that before yawns.  Hangover III wisely changes this but still falls short.  There are many moments in the film that makes jokes in references to the first two movies which if you've never seen, you would not get.  So if you're planning to watch the third one, definitely watch or rewatch the first two if you've seen it before.

The film begins with the Wolfpack and family trying to get Zach Galifianakis's character Alan to go to a counseling center due to him not taking his medication and constant erratic behavior.  On their way, the Wolfpack is ambushed by someone with a vendetta for Ken Jeong's character Leslie Chow.  The group is forced to find and bring Leslie back in return for Doug (Justin Bartha).  Absolutely no one is hungover.  So what could go wrong?  As with the Wolfpack, everything always goes wrong of course.  

Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis as with the prior two films are the two brightest stars as far as laughter.  John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy were good additions in their supporting roles.  Overall, I would recommend this film if you're a fan of the franchise or into this type of comedy.  When the credit rolls be sure not to rush out, as there is an additional clip.  A start of a new Hangover Trilogy perhaps?

Hangover III is out May 23rd, and is rated R.  The film's running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Bradley Cooper as Phil Wenneck
  • Ed Helms as Dr. Stuart "Stu" Price
  • Zach Galifianakis as Alan Garner
  • Ken Jeong as Leslie Chow
  • Heather Graham as Jade
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Sid Garner
  • Justin Bartha as Doug Billings
  • John Goodman as antagonist
  • Gillian Vigman as Stephanie Wenneck
  • Sasha Barrese as Tracy Billings
  • Jamie Chung as Lauren Price
  • Mike Epps as Black Doug

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