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It's been two years. Phil, Stu and Doug are happily living uneventful lives at home. Tattoos have been lasered off, files purged. The guys have nearly recovered from their roofie'd nights of Las Vegas and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by mobsters in Bangkok. The only member of the Wolfpack who's not content is Alan. Still lacking a sense of purpose, he has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way–until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help of his three best friends. With no bachelor party and no wedding, what could possibly go wrong? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. It is the epic conclusion to an odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions, in which the guys must finish what they started by going back to where it all began: Las Vegas. One way or another ... it all ends here.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 188
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 152
- Average Rating: 4.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The first movie left you with an exhilarating rush. All that Part III leaves is, well, a hangover.
Rotten: If only what happened in Vegas had stayed in Vegas.
Rotten: An excessively violent action comedy that handily manages the tough task of feeling at once tired and aggressively heartless.
Rotten: Coupled with its logic headaches, it left me feeling like I needed an Alka-Seltzer Plus. Anything to add a little fizzy relief to these flat and unfunny proceedings.
A MESSY AND MEDIOCRE ENDING TO THE WOLF PACK SAGA
When "The Hangover" was released way back in 2009, it became a massively unexpected comedic smash hit with both critics and audiences. With its hilariously over-the-top cast, goofy one-liners, and mostly unpredictable plot, the movie only seemed to get better and funnier with each viewing. And like most successful films, Hollywood decided that just one "Hangover" wasn't enough. And thus, we got "Part II" in 2011, and suffice it to say, it was far from as fresh or as clever as its predecessor. In fact, it was basically just one big and unnecessary déjà-vu experience, only this time, it took place in Bangkok rather than Las Vegas. But despite that flick being a major disappointment, I still had some high hopes for "Part III," which director Todd Phillips claimed would be the final installment in the cinematic saga. The added promise that this new flick would take the Wolf Pack on a big, entirely different journey that tied up very loose ends from the previous "Hangovers" simply enticed me all the more to see it. Unfortunately, Phillips' ambitious decision to abandon the formula of the first two movies didn't pay off in the long run, as we were delivered one of the more disappointing, below-average movies to be released this year. And boy, was it bad. It really starts to make you think how such a great comedy could result in a big blockbuster franchise that turned out so wrong.
It's been two years since their last insane escapade occurred in Thailand, and Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Doug (Justin Bartha) are worried that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is just refusing to grow up, especially following an unfortunate incident involving a giraffe on a highway, which then leads to the very sudden death of his father (Jeffrey Tambor). So they set up an intervention and head to a desert retreat for Alan. But en route, they're attacked by a ruthless mobster named Marshall (John Goodman), who holds Doug hostage while demanding that they track down his crazy nemesis Chow (Ken Jeong) and recover a fortune in stolen golden bars. What follows is a big, outrageous series of chases and capers as they find Chow, get into some trouble in Tijuana, and make a return visit to Vegas that hardly ends well.
The screenplay is simply a collection of wild set pieces strung together in a linear fashion by random dialogue and underdeveloped motives, which makes it more of a heist film than a comedy. Imagine a smaller version of "Ocean's 11" with barely any laughs. There's no drunken chaos, no actual hangover, and nothing remotely amusing here aside from a few wacky touches improvised by the big cast. In fact, it actually makes us wonder if we ever found these characters all that funny or charming to begin with, especially Cooper's narcissistic Phil. Meanwhile, Phillips puts his giant budget to use with surprisingly first-rate cinematography, editing, and production design. And a ton of scenes are adeptly staged even if they never build to a punchline. Some of the actors also find moments that are nearly endearing. Helms is the standout with his likably understated panic fits, while the always-unpredictable Jeong provides a lot more than a few uncomfortably dark laughs. Even Melissa McCarthy gets to share some sparky flirtation in her silly scenes with Galifianakis, who portrays Alan as even more of an oddball psycho than usual. On the other hand, Goodman simply phones in his performance as a forgettable mobster, while Bartha, as always, is practically nowhere to be seen throughout the entire run time. Acting aside, this entire movie is full of derivative lowbrow gags that lack any surprise or wit, not to mention a surprisingly large amount of fictional animal cruelty. But while all of this chaos is going on, there's hardly any story in sight to hold on to; just a weak plot that involves our three "heroes" catching Chow. At this point, the saga is simply going through the comedic motions, with nothing but the success of the first movie riding on its shoulders.
As with the previous film, "The Hangover Part III" features a lazy script that relies on cheap, obvious gags, but it's hard to imagine any audience that would find this genuinely hilarious. Even a few brief appearances from recurring characters (including Mike Epps and Heather Graham, whose son "Carlos" - now four years old - returns) are thankless. Sure, there are a few hints of comedy that work at times, most of them all revolving around the overused Jeong in his silly, unmistakable accent. But for the most part, this (hopefully) final addition to the Wolf Pack saga truly is lifeless and bland compared to "Part I" and even "Part II." Yes, amid the brutally relentless vulgarity, there are still small shreds of a warm, sentimental bromance to be found here, but let's just hope this really is the last time we see these guys in action. We seriously don't need a "Part IV" or a Chow spin-off movie.
what a waste of time
kept waiting for a funny moment, simply never happened.
THE NOT SO EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE HANGOVER TRILOGY
Let's be honest "The Hangover" was a great movie alone and never needed a sequel, but I still found Part 2 to be fun and enjoyable for the most part. It's pretty much the same thing with Part 3 it's funny and nostalgic however this one just felt rushed and it wasn't very memorable. I do like how this one didn't follow the same formula as the first two, but still it didn't really offer much else in return. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was fun while it lasted, but I wouldn't wish to see it again. Maybe if it came on TV one day, but I would bother buying this one. Definitely worth renting.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2013
- © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC.