11 Jun 2013

Movie Review: The Hangover Part III: Works at the gag level, mostly


If you view The Hangover Part III as a series of skits, bear the gross, sexually harsh comedy and shut your eyes out to the story you are bound to breeze through it. The jokes keep coming, the cast has settled to a comfortable chemistry of 'been there, done that' territory and the director is clever enough not to ruin it.

To bind in the wafer-thin plot, Chinese gangster Mr.Chow (Ken Jeong) has escaped from prison.Meanwhile, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) buys a giraffe that loses its head and causes a huge freeway accident. His hapless father, tired of Alan's antics succumbs to a heart attack, and his concerned family is determined to get the 42 year-old some medical help. So it is up to Alan's wolfpack - brother-in-law Doug Billings (Justin Bartha), Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper) and Stu Price (Ed Helms) to take Alan to the ADHD treatment facility.  

The trip gets awry right at the start as the foursome are kidnapped by Marshall, a gangster looking for Mr. Chow who has made off with his gold bars. Doug is held hostage as the trio are sent out to find Mr.Chow and the gold bars. Alan has been in touch with Mr.Chow and soon the trio go on a roller coaster ride to Mexico and Vegas in pursuit of Mr.Chow.

The Hangover Part III mostly works on the character level with Galifianakis and Jeong playing their stark parts with brave abandon. Cooper and Helms tag along spiritedly and by the time one arrives at the end credits with yet another wedding underway, you can't say you were disappointed. There is no memorable scene, as in comedy soap operas, the lines keep coming and you get your laughs. Just don't ask for classic, cinematic comedy and you will do just fine. 

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