Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hang It Up: The Hangover Part III

Movie Review: The Hangover Part III

Director: Todd Phillips

Reviewed: 5 April 2014

jamesintexas rating-- Zero Stars

Sequels can have diminishing returns and in the case of The Hangover Part III, it completely destroys any fondness for these characters and their anarchic energy. Although not as intellectually sloppy as its predecessor which merely copied the first film's premise in Bangkok, The Hangover Part III is worse than the sequel because it commits the worst sin a comedy can commit.  It is simply not funny.

Everyone is back from Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Ken Jeong to Heather Graham and Baby Carlos, but the film feels inert and stagnant. The plot involves an attempt to take Alan to rehab after an unfortunate incident with a giraffe and a highway overpass, but then it detours to connect us with John Goodman's scheming criminal enemy of Chow who recruits the Wolf Pack to do his biding. No one shines here, and the set pieces are not memorable. Every laugh rings hollow, and even the great Melissa McCarthy, a national treasure, delivers a flat performance.

I'm sure this film made quite a bit of money, and I'm sure that it was fun to make, but it just seems loveless and stale. The first film rang with laughs and absurdity, perhaps never improving upon the moment they all wake up in the hotel room after the debauched night. This film is not worthy to share its name.

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