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Film Review: The Hangover Part III

If there was any doubt that Todd Phillips wanted his Hangover franchise to end with as much bang as it began, then the first 10 minutes of The Hangover 3 will swiftly put that to rest. Two deaths including the beheading of a giraffe and the final installment of the longest night in history is well on its way. And after suffering a dreadful case of what can be (poorly) put as a ‘cinematic hangover’, the finale is thankfully near as much fun as the first.

Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is sent to rehab to clean up his crazy behavior, but along the way, the Wolfpack; Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha), cross paths with Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), who is back to ruin their night one last time. The adventure unravels quicker than a cheap sweater as Chow takes the Pack on a harrowing evening of Tijuana trouble, stolen bars of gold, prescription medicine, bullets and John Goodman’s best mobster impression. Along the way, there’s more then your fair share of Alan being Alan, snappy one-liners, and Stu’s often bewildering realization at just where he finds himself at the moment, proclaiming with immense frustration and sadness that, “I’m just a dentist”.

And Poor Doug. Few people can claim they’ve been kidnapped, harassed, and lost, more times than Doug. So why not one more time? This time held hostage by Goodman’s burly underworld figure as ransom for Chow’s past. Bartha is once again surplus material, like much of the surrounding cast (Jeffrey Tambor, Jamie Chung, Heather Graham), their parts serve only momentary breaks from the often cranked up comedy and behavior of the main cast. And good God there’s a lot of Chow. If Jeong’s hyper-stereotyped Asianness is a bother to you, then you’ll probably dislike 95% of the film, but there’s enough goodwill and heart in the end that you’ll almost forget being subjected to micro-penis again.

Unlike the second outing, the third is less ill-willed, and returns the more jovial, gross out freshness the original brought. While the second movie found itself trapped in the mires of sequel-dom; recycling much of the original plot and chain of events, the third is able to cut loose the strains of the sophomore slump and let the natural and unnatural characters drive the movie. Symmetrically, the film finds its finale on the streets of Vegas, completing the story arch’s cycle. The return to the locale reminds the audience just how well the backdrop set the scene.

The film strives to turkey slap you in the face for the majority of its duration, but the gentle underbelly is proof to you that there is a heart in there as well. Phillips’ direction and general vision of the third is less grating than its predecessor and is a great way for the story to end. The Hangover 3 is genuinely fun and yes, really funny. You don’t have to stay until the end of the credits, but stay for a few minutes after it starts rolling, and you’ll be reminded why The Hangover is still outrageous. Like it should be.

The Hangover Part III opens in the United States and Australia on May 23rd.

 

THE HANGOVER PART III
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman
Released by: Warner Bros.
Website: hangoverpart3.com

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Trailer watch: The Hangover: Part II

The first teaser trailer for anticipated comedy The Hangover: Part II has premiered online. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2009 comedy sees the return of “the wolfpack” as Doug, Phil, Alan and Stu travel to the exotic locale of Thailand for Stu’s wedding.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha return to reprise their roles from the first while returning supporting cast members Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor are joined by Jamie Chung and cameos from Liam Neeson (replacing the controversial Mel Gibson) and former President Bill Clinton. Todd Phillips returns to direct as well.

There isn’t much to see in the first teaser, but hints at what we can expect. The film opens May 26th.

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Trailer watch: ‘Due Date’ red band clip

No matter how hard we try, we cannot escape the Galifianakis.

The red band trailer for the upcoming comedy flick starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. has made its way online via MySpace. The new red band version of the Due Date trailer features some additional footage not seen in previous trailers, and includes a heavy dose of masturbation references, vomiting and drug use. Even the dog gets in on it.

Due Date is scheduled for release November 5th in the United States. You can check out the red band trailer below.

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Zach Galifianakis to cameo in new Muppets movie

This month has been rife with Zach (we’re really tired of looking up how to spell his last name) news, but this one is less incendiary than his previous mentions. In a recent interview with E!, Robert Downey Jr. let slip that cast mate Zach Galifianakis will do a few days on the upcoming Muppets movie.

Sources are now saying that the cameo is in the “talking” stages for now and nothing is set in stone. The new Muppets is being co-written by one of its stars, How I Met Your Mother actor Jason Segel, who is reportedly a big fan. Current cast members include Segel, Rashida Jones, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper. Titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made, the flick is being directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and will feature Segel’s character and a new Muppet trying to save Muppet Studios.

We are at this point unsure of the excitement, the last Muppet movie we saw was The Muppets Take Manhattan. How does Galifianakis fit into the film? (As Animal’s human alter ego perhaps?) And is this new movie going to be the same  family friendly affair, or a more modernized, adult take?

Both Downey Jr and Galifianakis will next be seen in Due Date.

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Mel Gibson’s cameo in ‘The Hangover 2’ gets axed

So much for that comeback.

The apparent cameo that was suppose to be Mel Gibson in The Hangover 2 has officially been given the ax. The troubled and controversial star was slated to appear as a tattoo artist in the most anticipated comedy follow-up in recent memory, getting a ringing endorsement from its director Todd Phillips.

Variety reports that Phillips gave Gibson his stamp of approval, but realized that the decision would have angered other more prominent members of the cast;

I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

Behold the power of The Galifianakis! Actor Zach Galifianakis recently took to the internet and commented on his disapproval of the possible cameo;

I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway

It looks like he won out in the end.

The Hangover 2 is scheduled for release Memorial Day 2011.

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