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My Ten Cents On: Hangover Part III

Hang Over Part III

At last, we’ve come to the final adventure of the Wolf Pack. This would be the last hoorah for the group who made us laugh with utter abandon The Hangover, and made us wretch and cringe at lady-boy parts in the absolutely disgusting The Hangover Part II (and be totally let down at how the plot is exactly the same as the first one).

The third film sees the three back together again after the death of Alan’s (Zach Galifianakis) father. Alan had been increasingly difficult to handle, since he’s been choosing not to take his meds. Upon the prompting of his mom and his sister, Alan would head off to a mental facility in Phoenix. Alan would only go on the condition that Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Doug (Justin Bartha) would go with him. On the way there, they are ambushed by a gangster (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces them to track down and capture a ghost from their past, Mr. Chow.

So without any further ado, lets get into The Hangover: Part III.

– Zach Galifianakis

This guy’s ship sailed for me a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned, he’s only ever been funny in the first Hangover movie, and whenever someone royally riffs on him, like say, the lovely Jennifer Lawrence. But in every movie since Hangover, he’s come off as an arrogant bastard, with his characters using the fact that he’s mentally handicapped as an excuse to be that much of an asshole.

In this movie, its more of the same. He doesn’t make me laugh, and it becomes increasingly difficult to understand why Stu and Phil stay around. By Hangover Part III, he just doesn’t have any redeeming value, he doesn’t do anything to help the people, and once again, he’s the reason for all the trouble, and does practically nothing to help them out of it. I guess he’s milking it for all its worth, and if you’ve liked him this far, you probably would like him still in this movie, but personally, I’m out.

– Very Underwhelming Development

The first movie set the stage with a brilliant foray into comedy. It was able to create a movie that didn’t have any jokes, but was so funny purely because of the characters and the situation. This is no easy task, and it allowed a lot of raunchy comedies to come out after in its wake.

Say what you will about the second movie, the plot was a crappy rehash of the original, it was way too disgusting, but it was just that, it pushed the limits of how disgusting a movie could get away with.

The third one didn’t shock, it didn’t innovate, the movie was as bland as raw tofu. For a franchise that has made a living off of showing people things they have never seen, this movie was very safe, very middle of the road. The plot was a basic catch-the-bad-guy story line, and it all built up to one of the most boring car chases ever. And don’t give me that: “It’s a comedy!” crap, I have very high regard for car chases in comedies. I mean, have you not seen The Blues Brothers?! I mean, holy crap, have you ever seen a police car pile up like that?! Its huge, its grand, and it is beautiful. This movie’s chase scene was the equivalent of Driving Miss Daisy through Vegas. Not thrilling whatsoever. It was so underwhelming, I thought that the movie wasn’t over yet, and lo and behold, it was. And I was damned disappointed.

The movie started out with a lot of fun and promise, but it was all down-hill from there, down-hill into a sewage pit.

+ Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper

All the negatives being said, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper were still fun to watch. These guys did the best with what they were given, and still served as pretty authentic anchors for all the stupidity and craziness happening round them. They continued their rich character history of being crazily out of depth, and served their purpose as ordinary guys, who aren’t all that special in any way, who are trying to handle dealing with international criminals. They lent some authenticity to the situation and were pretty funny in the times that they were freaking out.

Not all of the movie was bad.

My Cent’s Worth: 3/10

If you want to watch it, wait for it on TV. It isn’t worth your money.