This 'Hangover' much easier to sleep off
Slow, sentimental and somewhat sedated, the third “Hangover” movie isn't so much exhausted of outrageous “Oh no, they DIDN'T!” ideas as it is spent of energy. And they knew it, too. The only raunchy moment is stuffed into the closing credits, a “we forgot to do that” afterthought.
They know they're done. They just want to make sure we know.
“The Hangover Part III” becomes a fairly conventional caper comedy with the capers driven by the still-cackling, far-less-manic Mr. Chow, played right to the edge of caricature by the irrepressible Ken Jeong.
It begins with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) buying and accidentally decapitating a (digital) giraffe, driving his doting dad (Jeffrey Tambor) to a heart attack. And that's just the first death.
Ditzy Alan needs an intervention, and that's when the “Wolf Pack” (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) are commissioned to deliver him to a rehab facility in Arizona. On the way, they're car-jacked by a mobster (John Goodman) who takes hapless Doug (Bartha, who's had the “missing” role in all three films, poor fellow) hostage. The Wolf Pack has to track down the thieving Chow, who has escaped from a Thai prison.
“You introduced a virus into my life, Mr. Chow,” the mob boss bellows. Go fetch him.
The boys promise to “take him out” to save Doug. That leads us to Tijuana and eventually back to where all this started — Las Vegas.
There's only one funny cameo, and funny lines are rare and random this time — references to past escapades (“Did you get tested?”) and Mr. Chow's peccadilloes (“Gimme some sugar.”).
People and animals die.
Even the racist zingers feel like pulled punches:
“We're looking for an Asian guy. He's short.”
“They're ALL short.”
As is the movie, though it plays considerably longer than the first two. As “Hangovers” go, “Part III” isn't challenging or unpleasant, just instantly forgettable. It won't take much to sleep this one off.
Roger Moore is a staff writer for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Review: ‘I Am Big Bird’ a gentle peek at the guy behind the yellow feathers
- Going inside Big Bird, a film takes wing with Caroll Spinney
- Review: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ a period-piece love quadrangle
- Review: Amazing Randi pulls back the curtain in ‘An Honest Liar’
- Review: Tomorrow isn’t what it used to be in ‘Tomorrowland’
- Review: ‘Poltergeist’ solid remake of haunted house classic
- DVD reviews: ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Wedding Ringer’ and ‘Last Days in Vietnam’
- A&E notebook: Locally filmed ‘Captain Z’ coming to DVD, On Demand
- Review: New doc puts own ‘Lambert & Stamp’ on Who history