When The Hangover was released in 2009, it starred a bunch of unknowns at the time. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis made up the Wolfpack; a group of friends that knew how to party! Who knew the film would go on to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time? Then it's identical twin, I mean the sequel, The Hangover II was released in 2011... and THAT film became the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. It's already been well documented that the sequel used the same formula as the first; three friends wake up from a night of partying, they don't remember anything and must search for clues to find their lost friend. All three films in the trilogy are directed by Todd Phillips. The third entry in the trilogy is out... The Hangover III of course, and it's awful. I'll explain why. Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
Heather Graham), from the first film; and her son Tyler, or as the Galifianakis character calls him, Carlos. There's another funny character from the first film, but I won't spoil it. This was about the only clever thing in this film.
John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy
John Goodman plays a criminal that is only mentioned in passing in the first film. Again, I really enjoyed how the writers came full circle to this character. Goodman is wonderful. He's scary, intimidating, unapologetic and a total villain. Don't call it a comeback, he's been amazing for most of his career. And with just about 3 minutes of screen time, Melissa McCarthy reminds us why we love her. It's a role that could have been totally wasted (like Nick Cassavetes in part 2). But she brought it to life and leaves us wondering what happens to her; more than the main characters. Good stuff.
What I didn't like about the film:
It's not a Comedy
Off the Rails