It's time to say goodbye to the Wolfpack, but should you bother sending them your farewells?
The Hangover III is the end of an era for the Wolfpack; the band of misfits that have drank (and more) their way through Las Vegas, Bangkok and back again for three of the most successful comedy films of all time. For a franchise this successful, a trilogy was alway going to be imminent, but has the over-longing of the franchise ruined the integrity of the original, and should you bother going to see the third film in the first place?
This was kind of the problem with the last film really, with many commenting on how the Thailand-based sequel was too similar to the first, and whilst the premise of the movie has changed somewhat (this time round the boys get caught up on their way to sending Alan to rehab, rather than going wild on a stag-do) there has still been a heap of criticism put on the Todd Phillips film for it's lack of originality. Then again, don't they say; if it ain't broke then don't try and fix it? Judging by the expected box office takings for the movie over the weekend, the formula definitely isn't broken.
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In the Hangover III, as is often the case in the movies, Doug (Justin Bartha) falls victim to the latest mishap that renders him almost unseen for the majority of the flick, this time being kidnapped by gangster John Goodman, because the recurrent Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) stole his gold. It's up to Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Stu (Ed Helms) to bring back the Wolfpack and return to Vegas one last time to find Chow and the gold before its too late.
Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Todd Phillips, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis - 'The Hangover Part III' - European film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd May 2013
This is the third and final Hangover film, so it's time to say goodbye
It started as a joke; a low-budget, quirky movie about three guys who have the night of their lives, and then have the time of their lives sorting out the mess they’ve made. Now, it’s a multi-million dollar franchise, and this weekend, it enters its third and final movie, The Hangover Part III.
“We just stumbled on that one thing and thought it would be an interesting thing to explore as far as what that meant and what it's about. So we didn't do it like that, but I do know the movies pretty well,” says Director Todd Phillips on how the Hangover idea was born.
Having finally put the embarrassment of "that" weekend in Las Vegas behind him, Stu (Helms) is ready to settle down with fiance Lauren (Chung), who's planning their romantic wedding in Thailand. But after a night drinking on the beach, Stu wakes up in a Bangkok flat with fast-thinking friend Phil (Cooper), nutcase Alan (Galifianakis), an eerily smart monkey and Mr Chow (Jeong), the criminal who caused such chaos in Vegas. The problem is that Lauren's 16-year-old brother Teddy (Mason Lee) is missing. But what exactly happened last night?
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Best friends Phil, Alan, Stu and Doug reunite for yet another wedding, this time, it's Stu's turn to tie the knot and he and his fiancé decide the perfect location for their marriage will be in Thailand. After experiencing Doug's pre-wedding rituals in Las Vegas, Stu has opted for a far more civilized stag do, he's arranged for he and his boys to have brunch. The guys are joined by Stu's wife-to-be's (teenage) brother, after all they're only going for brunch, four grown men should be able to look after him.
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Peter (Downey) is an architect in Atlanta on business, ready to go home for the birth of his first child. While his wife (Monaghan) waits for him in Los Angeles, he heads to the airport but gets entangled with dorky aspiring actor Ethan (Galifianakis) and ends up on the no-fly list. As Peter and Ethan drive cross-country a series of adventures ensue, from a stop to buy medical marijuana to a car crash caused by a spot of narcolepsy to an action-packed encounter on the Mexican border.
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Peter is a business man who's trying to get home to his wife to be there for the birth of their first child. Being stuck on the other side of the country Peter plans to catch a flight from Atlanta to make sure he's back home in plenty of time. But when he's unable to fly driving is his only option, an aspiring actor names Ethan comes to the rescue of Peters and offers him a place in his car.
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Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) is getting married in two days, and his best friends Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper) and dentist Dr. Stu Price (Ed Helms) are taking him to Vegas for his bachelor party. Unfortunately, the groom's freakish future brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is tagging along as well. With their villa at Caesar's Palace secured, they head up to the hotel roof for a round of shots before hitting the strip. The next morning, Doug is gone and the remaining "party" members awake in a sea of destruction. Stu has lost a tooth. There's a newborn baby in the closet. And there's a real man-eating tiger in the bathroom. Hoping to track down their pal, Phil, Stu, and Alan begin searching. Eventually, they run into Asian gangsters, Mike Tyson, and Stu's quickie stripper bride Jade (Heather Graham), but no Doug. And time is running out before the groom has to walk down the aisle.
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Scoundrels gets off to a sluggish start as it introduces its main character, Roger (Jon Heder), a geeky New York City meter maid (meter butler?) whose life is falling apart. He gets robbed at work. His boss is unsympathetic to his problems and his coworkers ridicule him. He regularly humiliates himself in front of his gorgeous neighbor, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett). And even his volunteer work is a disaster, as his Little Brother asks to be assigned to someone else. Heder channels the inner nerd that carried Napoleon Dynamite to its stratospheric success, but the script doesn't provide enough originality or comic punch to bring his character to life. The opening 15 minutes are flat, dimensionless, and largely laugh-free.
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This charm may not be entirely expected. After all, it is (1) an adaptation of a 1970s cop show, (2) arriving maybe a decade after the peak of seventies nostalgia, (3) assembled by director-writer Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School), whose previous movies were only funny to the extent that the actors could overcome his aimless, slapdash staging (Will Ferrell, no problem; Breckin Meyer, less so).
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A spare 82-minute flick about the unimaginably popular band, this folkumentary is long on concert footage and short on any real insight into the group. There are plenty of songs about pumpkins, circuses, and big black furry creatures from Mars, but the offstage footage is typically composed of de rigueur diatribes about critics, heartfelt discussions about "the energy, man" and the typical shenanigans expected of any touring musical group (that is: late nights fueled by drugs).
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The good news is there's way more where that came from, and there's even some absurdity tossed in for the non-T&A, thinking crowd. So regardless of which side of the fence you're on, you'll laugh until you're teary. And every ounce of its comedic success can be attributed to its three stars -- Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn -- who through talent and chemistry manage to respectably pull off this otherwise ridiculous, often over-the-top comedy.
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