BRADLEY COOPER   ED HELMS   ZACH GALIFIANAKIS   KEN JEONG   JOHN GOODMAN   MESLISSA MCCARTHY

THE HANGOVER PART III

 ​One of the most exciting things I can say about the third and final part of The Hangover trilogy is that this is the last time I have to review one of these films. From the beginning The Hangover series has optimized nothing but vulgar, meaningless and unrealistic behavior, not to mention advocating irresponsibility. In a series that only exists because of its ability to always push limits and go too far, Part III is the tamest and therefore gets my highest rating, but won’t sit well with fans (until they see that scene after the credits, when in their minds the ends will justify the means).

 ​The Wolfpack plan an intervention with Alan (Galifianakis), who is completely out of control. They all four agree to drive him to a rehabilitation center in Arizona--which, of course, they never make it to. They are attacked by a billionaire named Marshall (Goodman), who wants Chow (Jeong) and understands Alan is the only way to get in contact with him. Doug (Justin Bartha) is taken hostage until Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms) and Alan can track down the villainous and cocaine addicted Chow and deliver him to the men that will surely kill him.

​The giraffe incident in the film's opening certainly seems to foreshadow another round of ridiculous behavior, but Part III focuses more on pointing back to the first film, which will be the only one that people really care about in a few years. Part II was rightfully crucified as a rip off of the first installment, and Part III is squeezing every ounce of juice it has left before these guys close the door on these characters forever. “What the f*** am I watching,” Phil says in a scene where Chow is doing some really painful Johnny Cash karaoke; but his sentiments resemble my own throughout this entire, worthless saga.

​Poor Melissa McCarthy is being thrown around in every mainstream comedy still has one more with Sandra Bullock this summer) out there; she shows up here in another ridiculous, but worthless performance. Part III is all about exploiting Galifianakis and Jeong, the two most absurd and overblown performers in the films, and their characters dominate the plot and the screen time. There is no real “hangover” this time, the script just presents another unbelievable journey that leads these characters absolutely nowhere, learning nothing.

 Final Thought – Barely musters the energy to even end the trilogy.

Grade D+

By: Dustin Chase