Nothing can recapture the magic of the first Hangover movie.  The second was a huge failure, following the same formula as the first.  The third installment tries to put the Wolf Pack in a new scenario, diverting from the wedding/out of control bachelor party recipe. While The Hangover Part III doesn’t come close to matching the hilarity of the first, it is superior to the second.

 

The Hangover Part III opens with a prison riot in Thailand, a guard is running in slow motion with a determined look in his eye… he gets to the cell he was headed for and finds a Shawshank Redemption like hole in the wall where Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) has escaped. Next thing you know we are back in the US where Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is off his meds and bought a giraffe, he is so excited until the poor thing is decapitated by an over pass, his head slicing clean off and landing through the wind shield of a family driving behind him causing the entire freeway to crash into each other.   It is decided by Alan’s family that he needs to have an intervention, he is out of control, his father died, he’s disrespecting his mother…and he’s killing giraffes.   The old gang comes to help him; Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha). Alan is touched by the Wolfpack’s gesture and agrees to get help, but only if they drive him to the facility in Arizona. Along the way they are ambushed by a gangster named Marshall (John Goodman) who was ripped off by Mr. Chow. Marshall knows that Alan has been keeping in touch with Mr. Chow while he was in prison, so he forces  Alan, Phil and Stu to help him, taking Doug as a hostage until Mr. Chow is turned over to them.  Along the way they stop in Tijuana, rob a Mexican villa, and return to their most feared and hated place on earth… Las Vegas.

 

Of course it isn’t nearly what the first one was, but you have to give Todd Philips credit for trying something new. Instead of repeating the exact same formula of the first two films he tried something different. At times it is hilarious, other times terrifying (there seems to be a lot of animal murders in this one) and occasionally creepy…. Like when Alan meets the woman of his dreams (Melissa McCarthy) at a Pawn shop in Vegas.

 

All in all if you are a fan of the Hangover franchise you’ll most likely laugh throughout The Hangover Part III and it is definitely worth the price of admission.  If you weren’t a fan of Part I or II, skip it at the theatre and watch it at home when it’s on cable.

 

Rated R

1 hour 40 minutes

In theatres May 23rd