The Hangover Part III

Out Now On-Demand

It all ends.

Director Todd Phillips, stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms make a trilogy of The Hangover. This time the gang hit the road to take Alan (Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital in Mexico. En route they're accosted by a man (John Goodman) who forces the 'Wolf Pack' to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), in possession of $21 million. Also stars Heather Graham and Melissa McCarthy.

The original The Hangover was a breath of fresh air as a big, brash comedy that relished its excesses in outrageousness and location. The first sequel tried to recapture the magic, make some kind of conceptual comedy prank, or perhaps both by essentially remaking The Hangover from start to finish but failed to truly match the spirit of its predecessor. Here director Todd Phillips jettisons the formula, with nary a literal hangover to be found anywhere. But in replacing the earlier film’s memory loss hijinks with a rote manhunt caper, The Hangover Part III squanders its opportunity to shock and surprise its audience.

Zach Galifianakis takes centre stage here, and as with the previous films generates the most laughs with his awkward, off-kilter performance as the mentally-disturbed Alan. As the film opens the extent of his psychiatric problems propel the narrative into action, though they’re soon forgotten as the trio (with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms doing little more than phoning in their characters) head off in search of Mr Chow (Ken Jeong).

The storyline does little to appeal, the Chow character having outstayed his welcome in the previous sequel and here serving merely as a means for cheap (borderline racist) laughs and to move the characters around – but the scrapes they find themselves in are generally neither sufficiently funny nor the stakes high enough to sustain interest in the slim plot. Misses the chance to either match the first film’s lofty levels of humour or make something truly different, even transgressive.

Empire (UK)

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

Hollywood Reporter

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The third time's no charm.

Total Film (UK)

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Less abrasive than Part II, but lacking any of Part I’s freshness, this is the most lacklustre return-to-Vegas, trilogy-closing caper since Ocean’s Thirteen.

Variety (USA)

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Ditching the hangovers, the backward structure, the fleshed-out characters and any sense of debauchery or fun, this installment instead just thrusts its long-suffering protagonists into a rote chase narrative ...

Guardian

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Masculinity starts with a bang and ends with a whimper, it seems. So does the Hangover franchise.

Los Angeles Times

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I'm not sure who let the dogs out this time, but they should be made to pay.

New York Times

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A dull, lazy walkthrough.

Time Out London

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Part III has curiously little interest in being even remotely funny.

Dribble

This movie was watchable, but only just. I've never understood Zach Galifinakis character in these movies, did they not put much thought into it, something missing there. When the first one came out I enjoyed it and it got the Oscar which I couldnt understand as I watched Horrible Bosses about the same time and it was the best comedy I had seen in ages.


Save your $20.00 and Go and see Fast6

The Trailer was the best part which was over sold and contained ALL of the movie high lights ....It was filmed like a rerun movie for Sky to fill air time that was unsold..for people paying for Sky that expect quality movies..LOL


An inconsistent, hateful, unfunny and rather draining experience.

What the hell? It has been sometime since I've had a pretty bad theater experience based on the film itself and a brain dead audience going along with it, but The Hangover Part 3 finds a way to make it so for me. I think we had all hoped for a step up from the pretty foul-tasting second film and the trailers were showing promise of that. I think in plain sight, some might say its a better film than the second, but I just had the worst time with this piece of crap. The film takes a different turn and doesn't deal with any Hangovers (unless you stay during the end credits), but instead goes down a more thriller-led road, connecting past characters and events for these guys to get caught in new extreme situations. I got the gist of it even when none of it felt necessary at all, all I had hoped for was complete anarchy and laughs. None follow. A few chuckles in the beginning and a scattered laugh here and there do not make up for the incredibly pointless, contrived and quite angry events that follow where they will stop each time for a stretched out sight-gag that falls flat far too many times to count, deliver such a heartless quality and hatred in dialogue and character and then move on to the next scene. At least with the second film it found some pretty dark extremities, here it all felt rather dull. Alan takes center stage here and Zack Galifianakis saves most of the moments he has. He had to because everyone else, aside from Ken Jeong, who just goes too far, has nothing to do in this film and its actors clearly don't know what to do with it all. They try and wrap it all up nicely in the end with a flash of past scenes, but it just doesn't work after tonally jumping around a lot. It all delivering such a foul atmosphere, that I just found myself drained of any good experience halfway through. The audience I was with laughed at any dim-witted and desperate moment that clearly was made to stretch to such a low audience and I guess if that's all they want, then they got it. Not a great way at all to finish this franchise. But as long as it stays dead now, we can't feed this thing anymore money.

1.5 out of 5.


To be unconscious is more exiting

How can some otherwise talented actors selling out for money to appear in this record gaining stupidity display of a movie? Shame on them.

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Hangover does a Rollover.

Lacked everything that was stupid funny which tickled our funny bones from the first. The plus side we didn't endure the excessive she-male foreplay from the second. I was waiting for Mike Tyson to come out any second. Mr Chow's character and his existence bored the intelligent cells I had left in me watching the plot unfold in the cinema. The actual hangover element was missed until the end credits. My highlight Alan just being himself as usual, and finding a wifey who will be just as crazy with him. And yes Carlos, Alan is your real daddy. Thats a wrap. No more Chow .