Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has been off his medication for some time. He is definitely having problems dealing with life. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention for Alan to get him to seek some help.
On their way, the Wolfpack is run off the road and kidnapped. The man behind the kidnapping is Marshall (John Goodman). Marshall is Black Doug’s (Mike Epps) supplier. When Black Doug sold Alan the wrong drugs in the original The Hangover, it set off a series of events wherein Chow (Ken Jeong) stole $21 million from Marshall. Since the Wolfpack are the only ones who have been in contact with Chow. Marshall takes Doug hostage to entice the gang to bring him Chow.
Chow doesn’t want to go quietly. The Wolfpack follows him to Las Vegas, where it all started. Now they have to find him, capture him and deliver him to Marshall before he kills Doug.
Cooper, Helms, Galifianakis, and Bartha are back and as good as before. The chemistry of this troupe just clicks. Much like the first two movies, Doug is absent most of the film, so you can focus on the characters everyone really cares about. Not to say that Bartha isn’t a necessary part of the team. It’s the interactions between the other three that make the film. Alan is snarkier in this film, but it’s partially vital to the storyline and he doesn’t get to the point where he’s unlikable.
Ken Jeong is the star of the film, in as much as it focuses on his character. They’ve taken his character up a notch more towards the outrageous, but stop short of crossing the line where he becomes annoying. Melissa McCarthy has a minor role, but she does well, playing the character she does so well. John Goodman was a good casting choice as Marshall. He does an excellent comedic villain. He’s believe as a drug supplier and yet still keeps it funny.
It’s hard to compete with the original The Hangover, one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. The second installment in the trilogy seems to be a rehashing of similar events in a different setting. This third and final movie is a completely different style of Hangover. When asked which of the last 2 films was better, I was hard pressed to come up with an answer. The second movie is definitely funnier. The third, however, is a more mature Hangover, as much of an oxymoron as that sounds. There is no drugging of the group followed by an attempt to recreate the events of the previous night. It is a nice way to wrap up the adventure without losing the dynamics we’ve come to expect from the Wolfpack.
The use of flashbacks and familiar characters, while one or two may get a little cheesy, add to the story telling to let you see the direct tie-ins to the first film. If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ve seen most of the funny parts of the first half of the movie. Don’t worry, though. There are still plenty of scenes to make you laugh throughout the second half. The comedy isn’t quite the same form as 1 and 2, where it’s over the top. It’s a smarter comedy than that. There are some easy jokes, but remember, this is The Hangover.
I’m glad to see they made the conscious choice to end the series. It had a great run, but I don’t know how much more they could have done with it. They wrapped up the storylines nicely, giving a sense of closure. Make sure you stay for the credits. There’s a scene that is definitely a throwback to the originals. It’s funny enough to stick around for.