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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Bradley Cooper
Zach Galifianakis
Ed Helms
Ken Jeong.
Directors
Todd Phillips.
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Craig Mazin
Todd Phillips.
Running Time
100 minutes

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The Hangover Part III
Different plot. Same result


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Plot
With Alan (Galifianakis) off his meds and doing badly, the rest of The Wolf Pack decide it’s time to take him to get treatment. On the way they’re accosted by some criminals from their past and forced to face off with the dreaded Chow (Jeong).


Review
The Hangover Part III

If there’s one thing of which you can’t accuse The Hangover Part III, it is reverting to formula. It almost seems a challenge from Todd Phillips: “You thought Part I and II were the same? How about something that’s nothing like them?” Where the last film faced (fair) charges of simply being a do-over of Part I, this final part rejects all the familiar beats — the blackout, the violent gross-out humour, the desecration of Ed Helms’ face — and starts over. There’s not even a hangover. It is both a stylistic new beginning and a neat conclusion to the story, tying up loose ends you didn’t even know were dangling. The question is whether people come for a character wrap-up, or the daft fun they had first time round? Because this isn’t so concerned with the latter.

Phillips hasn’t really made a comedy here. That’s not because he’s written jokes that don’t land; it’s that a lot of the movie isn’t played for laughs. It’s less a buddy comedy than a convoluted heist movie with a surreal bent. This time The Wolf Pack is found by the people who sold Alan (Zach Galifianakis) drugs in Vegas, who have now been ripped off by Chow (Ken Jeong), whom they must find, along with his stolen gold, or Doug (Justin Bartha) will be shot.

Despite covering more ground than the first two films — Thailand, Las Vegas and Mexico all get a visit — there’s a smaller, almost indie feel. It’s back alleys and dive bars rather than penthouse suites and tourist traps. Problems are solved with guns, not monkeys. If the previous two stages of hangover were confusion then delirium, this is the bit where you brood in a darkened room.

With reduced noise around them, the reliance on the central three is stronger than ever, and Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Galifianakis are now so gelled that there’s pleasure in just watching them bicker. That’s not true of Jeong, still giving it full fruitloop when everything else is… half fruitloop. It’s a discordant muddle of a group. It’s a discordant muddle of a film.


Verdict
Tonally a complete departure from the rest of the series, which is at once laudably brave and disappointingly unfunny.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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Dreadful. The scene after the credits rolled was genius and should of been the story for the movie. ... More

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Posted by jezy at 15:54, 19 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

i liked it. nice but forgettable. goodman was great as usual. ... More

Posted by m_er at 10:55, 13 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

I thought it was joke of a bad film. John Goodman, you were on such a good roll - Red State, Flight, Argo and now this? How much did they pay you for this?. A thorough disappointment. 3.5/10 ... More

Posted by Will Frey at 20:06, 05 July 2013 | Report This Post


The Hangover Part III

Todd Phillips Hangover III, from his own screenplay along with Craig Mazin leaves the funny at home. The first Hangover was inspired chaos, the second a retread of the first and the only reason for number three is to allow the cast and Phillips to receive a sizeable payday. I never thought I’d see a film where Galifianakis is not funny. But the third in the series manages to achieve that and not much else. The film begins with Chow (Jeong) escaping from a Bangkok prison, cut to Alan dr... More

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Posted by Conboy at 14:25, 08 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

This just about kept me mildly entertained for it's duration. I'm not going to take the film apart bit by bit, but will say that you know the film has problems when it's absolute standout moment, by a country mile, was the post credits scene. ... More

Posted by film man aidy at 10:52, 06 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

Loved the first one. Loved the second. Love the third. It is different to the previous movies, in story & in humour, but it's still a very funny movie. ... More

Posted by moviebuff73 at 23:17, 04 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

I feel the Hangover III was an incredible vacation for Todd Phillips. The film truly was able to bring their story full circle and give us, in my opinion, a better film than the other previous ones. Here we had the character we know and love in a situation that was created from the previous films. We see the characters how they have been affected from these experiences and how they are dealing with them. Brilliantly introducing new characters and bringing back familiar ones. Departing from the ... More

Posted by bydabeachman at 19:26, 03 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Hangover Part III

Quite enjoyed the first film and ] about tolerated the second. I was expecting the worst with this final installment, but shockingly I actually managed to wrestle some enjoyment from it. A couple of laughs and a nice ending, I've seen a lot worse. 2.5/5 ... More

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Posted by paulyboy at 22:44, 29 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

L: MonsterCat The Hangover Part 2 is pretty much a rehash of the first film, though. It's also depressingly bad and deeply offensive. Phillips is full of bullshit if he's saying the first sequel isn't basically a cynical rehash. hillips accepted that Part Two followed the same formula and beats, but he believes it is the better movie of the two, and in the interview it came across that he had issue with those that criticised the decision to stick to the formula established in th... More

Posted by porntrooper at 15:03, 29 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

The Hangover Part 2 is pretty much a rehash of the first film, though. It's also depressingly bad and deeply offensive. Phillips is full of bullshit if he's saying the first sequel isn't basically a cynical rehash. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 14:23, 29 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

L: jcthefirst L: Hood_Man It has some funny moments, it's diverting enough for 90 odd minutes, and I have to confess to finding the end quite touching. However, for a film called The Hangover 3, it's completely forgettable. Also... SPOILERS d not need to see Ed Helms with boobs..] hat coda was one of only two laughs I had throughout the whole film. ame here. The problem with Part 3 is, it almost feels that Todd Phillips deliberately ... More

Posted by porntrooper at 13:40, 29 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

L: Hood_Man It has some funny moments, it's diverting enough for 90 odd minutes, and I have to confess to finding the end quite touching. However, for a film called The Hangover 3, it's completely forgettable. Also... SPOILERS d not need to see Ed Helms with boobs..] hat coda was one of only two laughs I had throughout the whole film. ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 16:27, 28 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

It has some funny moments, it's diverting enough for 90 odd minutes, and I have to confess to finding the end quite touching. However, for a film called The Hangover 3, it's completely forgettable. Also... SPOILERS ot need to see Ed Helms with boobs... ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 01:27, 27 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: It has great things in it...

Just listening to Kermode's review now, amusing stuff. Can't believe John Goodman is in it, hope the paycheck was worth it! ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 23:10, 24 May 2013 | Report This Post


It has great things in it...

It has great things in it, it just isn't a great movie. Although, I wasn't disappointed because it's pretty much what I was expecting: One for the fans. As a franchise, 'The Hangover' needed this movie. Although I'm not entirely sure its audience did. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 23:55, 23 May 2013 | Report This Post


Law of Diminishing Returns

The memory of the classic original seems such a long time ago. it was fresh and edgy. I didn't particularly rate the sequel. This new movie had just one laugh for me - the visual gag of the decapitated giraffe's head coming through a car windscreen. The 3 leads have become tedious and irritating and the banter is now just loud bickering. Cooper looks like he'd rather be somewhere else and it all smacks of contractual obligation. Let's make this the last one please! ... More

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Posted by Dvid Ilott at 21:42, 23 May 2013 | Report This Post


Not as bad as Empire makes Out.

I have collected Empire magazine for a while, but i am starting to ignore their reviews recently after the great review for The Impossible. I managed to get an advanced screening to the Hangover 3 and it's actually not half bad. It's never gonna be a masterpiece but no film is. If you want a film where you can sit down and be entertained for couple of hours than this film is a perfect choice. I think 3 stars would be a much fairer score. ... More

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Posted by teeman89 at 18:22, 23 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: So What!

"Stop the pain" Kermode will be thrilled. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 16:57, 23 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: So What!

On it's own it probably would've been a lot of fun BUT! this just doesn't match up to either of the originals. Still funnier than most of the drivvel we get from La La land these days just not as good as the others & hopefully this'll be the end. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:45, 23 May 2013 | Report This Post


So What!

Was anyone excited about this 3rd one? Was anyone excited about a 2nd one? ... More

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Posted by bamamike at 15:37, 22 May 2013 | Report This Post


doggoneit

thats my friday night down the tubes. does anyone remember the 80s when you couldn't move for great comedies ? now your lucky to get 1 every 5 years. ... More

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Posted by elsquig at 19:01, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


Ken Jeong...

... should never be allowed near a movie camera EVER AGAIN. There I said it... ... More

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Posted by Toursiveu at 23:19, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


Completely unecessary... again.

The Hangover should never have been anything more than a one-off film. Some films are made to be trilogies -- the Hangover was definitely not one of them. Hollywood, why can't you just let some films alone? It was successful? Okay, just make another original movie and that will be successful too! Stop with the flipping unnecessary sequels! ... More

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Posted by Madhava at 21:01, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


This makes me a little sad

Yeah this is most probably again studios insistance of churning something out quickly, while it's still fresh in our minds and as a result all talent,creativity and care has suffered. I can forgive the 2nd one as a miss fire but it's such a damn shame when the first was so good that with all the brilliance of everyone involved, it's just amounts to another wasted opportunity :-( ... More

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Posted by klepto4 at 16:29, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


Big surprise

Too bad people still flock to see such drivel and enable studios to keep giving us unnecessary sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes...etc ... More

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Posted by ronniem at 14:52, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


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