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Surprisingly it's quite good (better than part II)
on 12 March 2014
When Doug (Bartha) is kidnapped by crime boss Marshall (Goodman), it falls to the wolfpack to track down & bring in recently escaped convict Leslie Chow(Jeong) & the stolen loot he took, to get Doug back alive. They embark on a crazy & wild ride across Mexico & Las Vegas.
Part III is quite different from the previous two installments, as there is no drunken 'hangover' amnesia mayhem that traditionally starts these films off, hence the title. But instead an interesting & totally nuts unfolding of events focusing around an intervention with Alan whose off his med's & Leslie Chow whose affiliation drags the wolfpack into the gun sights of crime boss Marshall. The intervention side of the story allows for some heartfelt nostalgia & flashbacks of the good times over the trilogy. While Chow's side offers up the bulk of the trip they go on during the film, which adds a darker, serious edge to make the danger/threat element beliveable.
The jokes are a little hit & miss in some places, but they're is some consistency with the laughs & situations they get into, from small subtle nuggets to in your face hilarity as Alan's & Chow's eccentric humor takes the front seat with Phil (Bradley Cooper) & Stu (Ed Helms) chipping in to good effect. The celebrity appearances by John Goodman & Melissa McCarthy add well to the film, Goodman's larger than life menacing baddie heightens the threat element & McCarthy's larger than life comedy injection rapport with Zach Galifianakis (Alan) is brilliant, although i may not eat a lolly again *shudder*. Keep watching as the end credits roll for a snippet of classic Hangover.
In conclusion, from the huge success of Part I they obviously cashed in on Part II with a much more OTT retread. Part III at least offers up a slightly different approach/twist on the material & as a result is a lot better than Part II, while not far off Part I in all honesty. Contains strong language, violence & mature themes. Recommended.