Media Meltdown Podcast

The Hangover Part III (2013)

Monday, June 10, 2013

By: Roy MacMillian

I was finally able to break away and watch the beloved Wolfpack finish their story.  And what a way to go out...

The story begins with Alan (Zach Galifianakis).  After creating a fecal shower over the purchase of a giraffe, he suffers the loss of his Dad (Jeffrey Tambor).  Realizing that Alan will never grow up, his family, friends, Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) stage an intervention to discuss Alan entering a treatment facility.  As a condition to entering treatment, the Wolfpack drive him there.  Chaos ensues, and they find themselves alternating between destroying every place they are sent and trying to complete an objective to prevent the criminal, Marshall, (John Goodman) from killing them.

The film made me (mostly) forget how much of a disaster the Hangover Part II was.  The locations were beautiful, and director Todd Phillips seemed to maximize what could be done with the script.  There were consistent laughs throughout the film, but the Hangover Part III lacked much of the 'what the hell' moments and really big laughs that made the original Hangover great.  The performances were enjoyable.  Cooper and Helms are solid as Phil and Stu.  Galifianakis was funny as Alan, and Gilmore Girls' Melissa McCarthy nailed her small role.  Like the previous two films, Justin Bartha did nothing to remind the audience how unnecessary he was in the series.  Within two years, only people with eidetic memories will remember who he is when his name is mentioned.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 Stars

Posted at 12:12 PM by Media Meltdown Podcast

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