"Cleaner, But More Boring and Still Crude Enough"
THE HANGOVER PART III switches the franchise’s formula around to create a comical road trip involving two rival crime lords. After a funny opening, PART III goes downhill and still contains excessive foul language and enough lewd elements to offend everyone.
THE HANGOVER PART III is the third in the series of HANGOVER comedies notorious for their raunchy level of humor. PART III is a surprisingly toned-down affair. Aside from its frequent foul language, it’s not as crude as the previous two movies. It also doesn’t offer as much comedy, however.
PART III switches away from the repetitive motif in the first two movies of a group of hungover men waking up amid totally debauched surroundings and trying to figure out how they got there. Instead, the new movie turns into a four-day road trip in which the lead men have to track down an Asian criminal named Mr. Chow and convince him to return $21 million worth of gold bars stolen from a rival crime lord named Marshall, before Marshall kills one of their friends.
Very little of interest follows, except for a superb house-breaking and robbery scene with a satisfyingly surprising twist. Far too much of the movie consists of showing the lead males driving and verbally sniping at each other. There is little of the inventiveness found in the first movie. Thankfully, however, the new movie doesn’t have some of the outrageous raunchy edge of the prior movies.
While it’s a relief not to have to endure a plethora of scatological jokes and lewd visuals, what remains – outside of an impressive robbery sequence – is often lacking in clean laughs or other interest. The first 20 minutes or so start off with a bang and are mostly clean. They include a crazy traffic accident, a hilarious funeral scene where Alan, the bearded crazy friend played by Zach Galifianakis, unexpectedly sings a beautiful falsetto version of “Ave Maria,” followed by a terrific intervention scene where family and friends confront Alan into getting therapy. After those opening winners, the laughs are too few.
THE HANGOVER PART II still features plenty of foul language that’s sure to offend discerning moviegoers. There’s also some outrageous shots during the end credits. They feature, among other things, a subplot about a man drunkenly receiving breast implants and another man who jumps into camera range to show while showing full frontal nudity. Despite the toned-down content, THE HANGOVER PART III is abhorrent and won’t please its degenerate fan base nor media-wise viewers.
(PaPaPa, C, B, HoHo, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, A, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview, plus some Christian, moral content when man sings “Ave Maria” at funeral in a beautiful falsetto that’s also comical because he’s a man and crazy man admits to his erratic behavior with a positive scene regarding the benefits of children and some strong overt jokes about homosexuality; at least 100 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words and some strong profanities); some scenes of often comical violence include a truck trying to run a minivan off the highway, a group of thugs chasing and then blindfolding and kidnapping other men, a man shot dead point blank but bloodlessly, a giraffe’s head is knocked off by a freeway overpass in the opening scene, as the head flies off comically and causes an elaborate series of car crashes; a frequent number of jokes about sexual practices and innuendos, with running jokes from a supporting character that imply or discuss his sex activities with both men and women and scantily clad prostitutes are seen looking seductively in a hotel suite under strobe lights; a shot of full male nudity is played for laughs during the end credits; alcohol use; illicit drug use discussed or implied at several points, including Asian man repeatedly says, “I love cocaine,” and a dentist fills out and takes possession of a false prescription for large amounts of the prescription painkiller Demerol, then tries to drug the drink of the Asian man before using the Demerol on hamburgers he throws at guard dogs to knock them out; and, very strong miscellaneous immorality includes dirty tricks used by Asian man to incriminate others, one of the male leads yelling disrespectfully at his father before the argument gives his dad a heart attack, villain kidnaps a man ad threatens to kill him, and male leads are tricked into robbing $21 million in gold bars from the house of a criminal.
THE HANGOVER PART III switches away from the repetitive motif in the first two movies. In PART I and II, a group of hungover men wake up and try to figure out how they got there. Instead, the new movie turns into a four-day road trip. The four friends now have to track down an Asian criminal named Mr. Chow and convince him to return $21 million worth of gold bars. Chow stole the gold bars from a rival crime lord named Marshall, who threatens to kill one of the men’s friends.
After three opening hilarious scenes, THE HANGOVER PART III goes downhill. There is, however, a cleverly devised robbery scene, which includes a nice twist. Far too much of the movie consists of the male leads driving around and verbally sniping at each other. Although the filmmakers have toned down the amount of raunchy material, they’ve still included frequent foul language. There’s also full male nudity in a comic scene over the end credits. Despite the toned-down content, THE HANGOVER PART III is abhorrent and won’t even please its degenerate fan base.