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At this point, everyone who wants to see the third Hangover movie is going to see it regardless of what any critic has to say. And that isn’t to imply that the movie isn’t funny – it is, and often riotously so. But it’s an angry humor that often inadvertently comes across as uncomfortable and disjointed. Could it be that it’s because no one actually has a hangover in this movie?
To be perfectly honest, there’s almost nothing comedic contributed by Bradley Cooper, Jason Bartha, or even Ed Helms. Every ounce of comedy in the film is delivered by Zach Galifianakis and, by turn, Ken Jeong, both of whom bring the absurd to new heights in a movie about mental health, depression, and the longing to escape. It’s a funhouse view of the perverse human mind – set in Vegas and set on fire. Oh, and Melissa McCarthy is also really funny in a teeny cameo.
Alan’s father has passed. He hasn’t been taking his meds. So his friends stage an intervention and drive him across country to a (how do I put this?) white rubber room. Along the way they’re intercepted by a big bad guy played by John Goodman who is on the lookout for Mr. Chow who stole millions of dollars from said bad guy. He figures that Phil, Stu and Alan will know exactly where Chow is.
But they have no idea. Literally, not a clue. But they have to find out. Or die. Or die trying. Let the hilarity ensue.
Whether or not you like (or even love) this movie will depend on your appetite for Zach Galifiankis. He doesn’t just carry the movie: he is the movie, and is responsible for virtually every verbal, physical and self-announced punchline in the movie. At times, the jokes get mean, but instead of toning it down, the movie just shrugs at the audience and moves forward.
A hit and miss capping to the beloved franchise.
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