Steen: Third Hangover not worst movie ever

I loved the soundtrack to this film and if you’ve seen the other two, I guess it’s fitting that you should see this one.

Hangover Part III

Well, it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen but it doesn’t have the really funny lines that are so frequent in the previous two Hangover movies.

It’s been two years since the “Wolf Pack” has been together and for the most part the lives of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zack Galifanakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) have been fairly normal, although Alan seems to be getting worse and is off his meds.

This time, however, there is no bachelor party, so what could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, as it turns out.

Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) is back and plays his usual mad, obsessive self and gets everyone in trouble again. He plays everyone for a sucker, including Marshall (John Goodman), who doesn’t take kindly to Chow’s antics.

Both Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the role of Marshall. Personally, I think Goodman did well in the role.

Another player in the mix was Cassie, a small part for Melissa McCarthy and not particularly funny, but if you see the show, you’ll realize she is integral in the film’s ending—and it is the end of the series.

We will see no more Hangover films, and some of us are not sorry.

I did love the soundtrack to this film and if you’ve seen the other two, I guess it’s fitting that you should see this one.  It didn’t beat out Fast and Furious over the U.S. Memorial Day weekend.  Fast and Furious brought in $39 million, while Hangover Part III only managed $14.5.

It remains to be seen if this changes, but there sure wasn’t much to endorse here—most of the characters seemed sick of each other and lacking chemistry.

Zack Galifanakis as Alan is the one who brings the most to the show and the others just seem to be bit players at best.

There was a bit of a goof in the pawn shop scene where Cassie crunches on a lollipop and, in the next shot, the lollipop was whole again.  And there are a couple of short-lived car chases that are marginally exciting, but for most of the show it’s just going through the motions.

All in all though, I’d save your money and hold off for something way more interesting.  Comedy should be witty, clever and of the moment.  This one tries too hard and uses absurd scenarios—often truly offensive rather than comedic.

No, it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it was close.

I give Hangover Part III one reel (and that’s for the giraffe).

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