Movie Review: ‘Hangover 3’ is More Violent and Less Funny [Video]

The third and final installment of the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time debuted this weekend.

“The Hangover” is back with the third and final installment in the famous franchise, and boy, does it have a lot to live up to.

“The Hangover Part III” shows Alan (Zach Galifianakis) at a crossroads in his life: after the death of his father (Jeffrey Tambor), he stops taking his medication, and Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) decide on coming together to help him get rehabilitation and treatment at a facility in Arizona.

However, as MTV writes, en route to their destination, a dangerous gangster kidnaps Doug and threatens to kill him unless his friends  produce Chow (Ken Jeong), who made off with $21 million in gold bars during the group’s first round of misadventures in 2009.

Justin Craig of Fox News, writes of the final installment: “The “Hangover” films certainly built their success on crude humor, but with “The Hangover Part III,” they really enter some tasteless territory. For no reason other than shock value, Todd Phillips and his co-writers have threaded an unnecessary and cruel gag involving the killing of animals.”

“First Alan, in his infinite wisdom, accidentally beheads a giraffe. Then Chow purposefully suffocates a chicken and murders two dogs. How is this supposed to be funny? It’s in poor taste and serves no purpose to the story.”

Bilge Ebiri of The Vulture adds: “There is one very funny bit, and it comes courtesy of the end credits’ stinger, which has our characters waking up, Hangover 1 and 2-style, from yet another debauched party with something clearly amiss.”

“But ironically, coming this late in the game, the moment feels like a slap in the face. It’s a taunting reminder of the movie we might have had, instead of this turgid, unfunny catastrophe.”

Helena Chao of Epoch Times gave 2,5 points of 5 possible, concluding: “Alas, aside from a special surprise post the credits, “The Hangover Part III” is a hollow wild-goose chase with a handful of chuckles here and there. But perhaps that’s also reflective of the characters (finally) growing up. ”

As far as rating of the comedy goes, 88 per cent of the ordinary viewers approved the movie with 22 per cent of critics who didn’t, claims the statistics of The Rotten Tomatoes.

“While it may not recapture the exact same giddy thrill as the first film, this film manages to clarify what the overall story of the trilogy is in a way that I found satisfying and quite fitting,” said Drew McWeeney, Hitfix.

Chris Packham of The Village Voice said: “”The ‘Hangover’ franchise positions spoiled douchebags as admirable and cool, visually aggrandized with slow-motion hero walks like Gemini astronauts in ‘The Right Stuff.’ Phillips is zero percent interested in exploring the narcissism of his characters, as long as they arrive back exactly at the point of departure.””

“At times it’s debatable whether ‘The Hangover Part III’ should even be considered a comedy at all, as it more often plays like a loopily plotted, exposition-heavy actioner,”concluded Andrew Backer of Variety.

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