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THE HANGOVER PART III review.

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:01 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The Hangover Part III is the final installment in Todd Phillips’ highly successful series.  It brings back all of your favorite characters, and even reunites them with a couple favorites from the first film.  The addition of John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy are strides in the right direction, but is it enough to wash the taste of Hangover 2 out of your mouth?  Sadly no.

The film opens with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) returning home with his new pet giraffe.  If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that it does not end well.  The ensuing fallout places too much stress on Alan’s dad (Jeffrey Tambor) and he dies of a heart attack.  In an effort to get Alan back on his meds and get the help he desperately needs, the Wolfpack reunites to drive Alan to an Arizona rehab facility.  What could go wrong?

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Turns out “Black” Doug from the original Hangover worked for Marshall (John Goodman) and… it doesn’t really matter.  The film centers on Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan trying to locate Chow (Ken Jeong) because he stole $21 million in gold bars from Marshall.  Doug (Justin Bartha) is held as hostage because he can’t ever be involved in the fun.  The trio travel to Tijuana and Las Vegas trying to get Chow before Marshall kills Doug, whacky mayhem ensues, but it all feels like we have been there before.

Your opinion of the film really boils down to this; do you love Leslie Chow, and would you like to see him A LOT?  I found him to be at his best, while Helms and Cooper phoned in their roles.  Galifianakis is true to form, and seems to really be having fun with his last go as Alan.  He ranges from over the top to quite endearing at times.  His reunion with Carlos (the baby from the first film) was a touching scene, and his interactions with McCarthy are as fun as you would imagine them to be.

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In the end, the film has a been-there-done-that vibe.  Helms and Cooper seem to be disinterested with the film, and Jeong and Galifinakis aren’t strong enough to make up for 2/3 of the film’s leads chewing scenery. It was great to see Mike Epps reprise his role as “Black” Doug, and the scene during the credits almost returns the film to it’s original grace.

Snackbar’s Score: C+

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Have you seen it?  What did you think?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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