The Hangover Part III | Movie review

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Better known as: Hangover 3
Release date in Malaysia: 30 May 2013
Rated: 18
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 100 minutes
Director, co-writer, co-producer: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong

Synopsis: “The Hangover Part III” is a departure from the usual format of the first two instalments, in which the trio of Phil, Stu and Alan, a.k.a. The Wolfpack do not wake up from an outrageous drunken night out and they try and piece together what craziness went down. Instead, ‘The Wolfpack’ has to break resident eccentric, Alan, out of a mental institution this time around.

Verdict: A different approach with three times the budget but turned out the worst in the franchise. This sequel has disgraced everything that was good about the first Hangover. From a compelling feel-good comedy which was relatable to most adult viewers, to a duplicated sequel set in Bangkok, and then this – the final film with lesser activities and more unintelligent college slapstick humour. All jokes in it practically only comes from the annoying ADHD attitude of Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Another thing that’s unforgivable about the movie is the pointless use of the song “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails).

Second opinion: “Not as funny as the previous two but still okay to watch” (girlfriend).

Malaysian censorship: I’m not sure if any scene is actually chopped off but if there was, they did a pretty good job at it ’cause I can’t notice any censorship besides one sentence being muted. All other vulgarity are intact.

Post-credit scene: Yes, there is one but I didn’t bother waiting for it. It’s on Wikipedia if you wanna read what’s in it.

Another sequel? It’d still make money ’cause we have millions of idiots in this world but no thanks for me.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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Most distasteful jokes in the series: As can be seen on the trailer, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) buys a giraffe and attempts to drive it all the way home on a highway but it gets decapitated by a low bridge. The whole scenario caused major traffic disorder. He then goes home and caused his father to die of heart attack. At the funeral, he sings Ave Maria and lies about his father’s final words to him. Phil (Bradley Cooper) says, “Who gives a fuck about a fucking giraffe?” Then in a later scene, chickens are being killed by Chow (Ken Jeong) as part of the film’s joke. It is also mentioned later that Chow killed two dogs. I admit, I laughed at certain parts of these few sequences but when I think again, can’t they think of any better joke than animal cruelty and having a parent dying without his son regretting about his doing? Dark humour my balls, critics.

Pharmacy scene: Stu (Ed Helms) tries to use his dentist credential to purchase drugs to kidnap Chow but the pharmacist is suspicious about it and finally goes to his dad for advise. The scene is then cut to Stu going back to the mini-van with the drugs in hand. WTF happen? How did he succeed in getting the drugs? Was anything censored? What a pointless scene.

Other unrealistic situations: The “Wolfpack” brings plenty of towels to the roof of Caesar Palace and climbing down from it completely undetected or questioned. I don’t expect a place like that to have such poor security awareness. Traffic incident caused by Stu and Chow with many people around the busy streets of Las Vegas but nobody interferes at all, not even when Chow got fling off from the car and seems dead. Where’s the police? They should at least be arrested for knocking off the fire hydrant.

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