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|THE HANGOVER PART III (director/writer: Todd Phillips; screenwriters: Craig Mazin/based on characters created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; cinematographer: Lawrence Sher; editors: Debra Neil-Fisher/Jeff Groth; music: Christophe Beck; cast: Bradley Cooper (Phil), Ed Helms (Stu), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Justin Bartha (Doug), Ken Jeong (Leslie Chow), John Goodman (Marshall), Melissa McCarthy (Cassie), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid), Heather Graham (Jade), Mike Epps (Black Doug), Sasha Barrese (Tracy), Jamie Chung (Lauren); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Todd Phillips/Dan Goldberg; Warner Bros.; 2013)|
|"The laughs are strained."
by Dennis Schwartz
Todd Phillips ("Old
School"/"Starsky & Hutch"/"Due Date") co-writes
with Craig Mazin
and directs his third crude comedy Hangover
pic, and hopefully the last. The same old, same old
story line is no better or worse than its two
predecessors--though at least the first one seemed
fresh. The low-brow adolescent humor brought on by the
adults brings few laughs, and its sick humor is not
for all tastes. The pic goes ape for perverse animal
cruelty jokes, such as over a giraffe, carted in a
trailer by a sports car convertible, that is beheaded
on the freeway underpass. If you found that bit funny,
then this is your kind of a pic.
middle-aged Wolf-pack returns in this version and are
ordered by violent drug kingpin Marshall (John Goodman) to bring him their
psychopath criminal pal Chow (Ken Jeong), who just
escaped from a Thailand jail, and also bring the 21
million dollars worth of gold bullion Chow stole from
the thieves. That's the loot Marshall's gang stole
from a Middle-Eastern sheik. The Wolf-pack consists of
charmer teacher Phil (Bradley Cooper), nerdy dentist
Stu (Ed Helms), misfit childish 42-year-old man-child
and Alan's straight-arrow brother-in-law Doug (Justin Bartha). Marshall holds Doug
hostage and threatens to kill him if the boys don't
carry out his orders. After locating Chow in Tijuana
and then tricked into helping Chow rob Marshall's
Mexican mansion of the other half of the stolen gold
bullion, the action shifts to Las Vegas and the
cornered Chow parachutes from his penthouse room in
Caesar's Palace over the Las Vegas Strip until the
climactic scene has the antagonistic sicko criminals
confront each other in the L.V. desert.
The laughs are strained. Ken Jeong gets an expanded
starring role, but giving him more screen time was a
mistake. His relentless one-joke whiny sociopath
comedy routine became tiresome and unfunny. The lame
story never jelled and seemed clumsily presented. But,
I think, if you liked the first two episodes you'll
probably like the third.
REVIEWED ON 5/23/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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