In the spring of 2009 director Todd Phillips unleashed extended scenes of his upcoming summer comedy to an unsuspecting ShoWest (movie) convention audience. The film was called THE HANGOVER dealing with a wild bachelor party in Las Vegas that went terribly wrong. The footage became the buzz of the convention and probably the most anticipated comedy of the entire summer.
Its eventual opening didn’t disappoint.
THE HANGOVER with a total North American box office gross of $ 277.3 million would become the biggest R-rated domestic comedy of all time. Yes, it even outgrossed TED‘s $218.5 million in ticket sales.
Two years later Phillips followed up his blockbuster with the uh, cleverly titled THE HANGOVER PART 2.
Yet while the sequel was a commercial success, many moviegoers felt betrayed. Why?
Because it was basically a recycled storyline of the original—except Phil, Stu, Alan and Leslie Chow substituted Bangkok for Las Vegas.
Which brings us to THE HANGOVER PART 3, promised by Warner Brothers AND Mr. Phillips to be the last in the franchise.
What to expect?
Definitely a darker movie with a death, a killing and a giraffe’s decapitation all in the opening minutes. That’s followed by a family instigated intervention of Alan’s goofy character that also involves the Wolfpack to get it done.
And then there’s this mobster (John Goodman) who claims Mr. Chow stole his gold bars and sends his goons after Phil and Stu to track him down.
I could go on…but I won’t.
Suffice it to say, this final outing turns into a nightmare stretching from L.A. to Tijuana and finally back to where it all began, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
As for the debauchery in THIS Hangover? Not so much.
But for the funniest bit you’ve got to stick around about half way into the end credits which suddenly stop and turn into another major scene. I won’t give it away here but will tell you that it involves Alan, (cameo star) Melissa McCarthy, Stu and Mr. Chow.
Sadly half of our screening audience had already left the auditorium by the time this late scene popped up. The rest froze dead in their tracks on their way out and cheered the scene.
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tamber are all back to conclude the trilogy.
THE HANGOVER PART 3 raising 3 out of 5 bedeviled fingers.
(Reviewed at AMC 24, Olathe.)
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