CAST: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galafanakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Mike Epps, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor
DIRECTED BY: Todd Phillips
The conclusion of a trilogy is sometimes satisfying (The Return Of The King, The Dark Knight Rises) and sometimes maddening (Matrix Revolutions, Spider-Man 3). And then there’s this film. The Hangover 3. Or, Part 3, if you prefer, as if it is implying that the franchise is somehow connected to The Godfather. Somehow, The Hangover 3 is still a better finale to its series than The Godfather part 3 was to the classic trilogy.
The “plot” of The Hangover 3 revolves almost entirely around Alan (Zach Galafanakis) and Chow (Ken Jeong). We start off with Alan having a mishap that stresses his father (Jeffrey Tambor) out so much that he has a heart attack and dies. Shortly thereafter, the Wolfpack reassembles and decides that Alan needs an intervention. They somehow get Alan to agree to go to rehab, after revealing to him that they would drive him there. Out on the road, they get kidnapped by Marshall (John Goodman), a mob type who is looking for revenge with Chow and believes that Alan is the only one that knows where he is. So, he takes Doug (Justin Bartha) as a hostage until Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) can find Chow and bring him to Marshall.
The problem with this threequel is that the balance is now completely off. Instead of Galafanakis being used in sidekick capacity, the whole film revolves around him. His quirky qualities do not work in every scene, and slowly become a little grating on your soul. And as far as elevating Chow to the amount of screentime he has in this film, it’s insane. He started off as an angry asian trapped in the trunk, had a brief and funny part in the sequel, and now is basically an above the marquee lead in the third film? Using him in one scene is fine, but the whole movie? The joke wears off.
I literally can’t think of anything funny that happened to Ed Helms’s character in this movie. He’s left fully unscatched until the scene in the credits, where I guess Todd Phillips felt that he forgot that Stu was a character too, and decided something crazy needed to happen to him as well. Sure, I laughed a few times, but way less than the sequel, and considerably less than the original. The Hangover 3 was a nice thought, but we need to call it quits. The most entertaining character you had in this film was Melissa McCarthy, and her character is best kept in a supporting role.
When you go to theatres now, and you see that commercial where some big action movie is being previewed, and it slowly shrinks till it’s a TV, and then it explodes? Because you should see movies on a huge screen? Well, I’d still recommend waiting for DVD, or Redbox, or even Netflix Instant Streaming. Spending 10 bucks on this is just going to make you hate yourself even more.
FINAL GRADE: C