Monday, November 11, 2013

The Hangover 3

The Hangover 3 by Todd Philips

This weekend I watched The Hangover 3. It had been on my radar since I saw the epic trailer in March, but the negative reviews I had read and heard had discouraged me from actually checking it out. The Todd Philips comedy, released in May 2013, for those who may have missed it, is the third and last installment of The Hangover franchise. Unlike The Hangover 2, which was basically a steroid-enhanced remake of the first movie, the Hangover formula underwent some tinkering for the trilogy's crazy finale.

Alan's behavior has gotten completely out of hand. That's why the other 3/4ths of the Wolf Pack convince their unworldly friend to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in Arizona. On the way to Arizona, mob leader Marshall (John Goodman) kidnaps Dougs and gives Phil, Stu, and Alan three days to locate international criminal Leslie Chow and retrieve the gold that he stole from him. Wackiness ensues.

Writer and director Todd Philips ditched the collective hangover angle and instead opted for a more conventional chase movie, tying up some loose ends in the process. Still, The Hangover 3 does not bring anything new, so unless you are in it for an occasional funny moment by Alan or Mr. Chow, or you are somehow really dedicated to the franchise, you could probably find a better way to spend the 100 minutes.

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