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|Originaltitel:||Hangover Part III|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 100 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The Wolfpack is back to complete the "Hangover" trilogy with an epic finale. After director Todd Phillips was confronted with the accusation that this sequel was only a direct copy of the successful first part, he wanted to take a different direction for the third and last part. And in a certain way he succeeded in doing so.
So "Hangover 3" doesn't have a wedding or a movie rupture, but still there is lots of chaos and destruction. After the death of Alan's (Zach Galifianaki's) father Sid (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother feels completely overwhelmed by her son's eccentric escapades. Therefore Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are supposed to drive him to a clinic where he should finally get his life under control with the help of medication and therapies. But on the way there the four are kidnapped by the gangster boss Marshall (John Goodman). He lacks gold bars worth several million dollars and in his eyes the "wolf pack" is to blame for this misery. Because only their escapades in Las Vegas a few years ago led to the fact that Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) could take the gold from him. And since Chow has just escaped from a Thai prison and no one knows where he is, Stu, Phil and Alan are now to track him down and recover the gold while Doug remains hostage to Marshall. In fact, the three of them manage to find the fleeting chow in Mexico and find out where the gold is. But of course this adventure is not over yet, because the chaos has just begun…
The humor of "Hangover 3" is much darker than it was the case with the over-twisted predecessors. Moreover, in some moments the whole thing seems more like a thriller than a comedy. Some fans of the first two parts will certainly have a hard time making friends with it. Phillips actually only offers them what they expect in the credits. There are also many absurdities and comical tastelessness in the movie itself, which make for a lot of good laughs. The short appearance of Melissa McCarthy ("Bridal Alarm") is a real highlight, just like the fate of the poor giraffe, with whom Alan is racing across the highway at the beginning of the movie. But even though there are a lot of funny scenes and numerous references to the first two parts, the overall sound just seems quite different.
This works out really well in some moments, but in other scenes it's really a pain in the ass. So there is for instance a reunion between Alan and the little boy, whom he carried in part 1 as a baby through the area and decorated with his oversized sunglasses. This scene is supposed to be a small emotional highlight. But because of what you know about Alan as a viewer, you expect him to do something inappropriate all the time. A wrong expectation doesn't only destroy this moment, but also other good scenes of the movie.
Otherwise the flat, less well done jokes and the really good laughs are more or less in balance. But why the movie can still leave a very positive overall impression are the actors. While Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms may not deliver as many good moments as in their predecessors, Zach Galifianakis may again run to top form. Above all his facial expressions and his very special body language give many gags their very special touch. Ken Jeong and his Mr. Chow, who plays a much bigger role here than in the first two movies, will be the ones to be divorced again. While this character is an absolute cult for some fans, others are quickly annoyed by his shrill voice. John Goodman, who as a brutal chief gangster is simply great, offers a good compensation.
Who expects a nonstop gag firework from "Hangover 3", which strikes exactly the same notch as the first two movies, could leave the cinema disappointed at the end. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for the fact that this time the wolf pack is a lot darker and the still completely exaggerated tastelessness is built into a solid thriller plot, you can also have a lot of fun with this wacky finale. Not as good as the first part, but much better than the second part. And for that there's also one for fans: absolutely worth seeing!
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