After the dreadful Part II, why do a third movie? It has to be for the money. I'm a long way from the business of drug and alcohol consumption. However, I do remember it well enough to know the hangover from day three of an on-going party is much worse than day two.
It's that way with movie sequels. Few -- like Fast & Furious 6 -- can maintain momentum.
The Hangover Part III is awful. It's not funny. It's not creative. And it really detracts from the original, which is the funniest movie I've reviewed in 22-plus years as this newspaper's movie critic.
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis reprise their roles as the now-legendary Wolf Pack. Ken Jeong, who plays the crazed criminal Mr. Chow, is back. Galifianakis' Alan is off his meds, and the rest of the group and the family do an intervention. On the way to rehab, they're kidnapped by Marshall.
John Goodman does Marshall. He's a bad guy who had billions in gold bars stolen from him. Chow did it because of events that began in the first movie. So he blames the Wolf Pack. Marshall keeps Doug -- done again by Justin Bartha -- and threatens to kill him unless the guys deliver Chow.
That sets into motion 90 minutes of not so funny bits before an equally not funny climax. The one plus is a nice cameo from Melissa McCarthy and some excellent chemistry between her and Galifianakis.
Todd Phillips is in the director's chair again and co-writes this one with movie No. 2's Craig Mazin. He recently wrote the so-so Identity Thief. Perhaps what's missing in The Hangover Part III, and what was missing in the second film, is Phillips' co-writers from the first movie, Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. The three of them obviously had chemistry.
Phillips and Mazin don't.
The Hangover Part III
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, John Goodman, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Melissa McCarthy, Heather Graham, Mike Epps
Mr. Movie rating: 1 star
Rated R for language, nudity, some violence and mature themes. It is playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.