DVD Release Date: October 4, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: May 24, 2013
Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 100 min.
Director: Todd Phillips
Actors: Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps

Before seeing The Hangover Part IIIask yourself if a hangover is something you want to experience a third time. Wasn’t once enough, and wasn’t even that experience regrettable? Don’t you regret the repeat misery of The Hangover Part IIDidn’t you vow, in the miserable aftermath, to avoid all future Hangovers?

The first The HangoverTodd Phillips's hard “R” buddy comedy from 2009, was a giant hit that revolved around the ramifications of one crazy night of excess in Las Vegas. The sordid details of the night in question weren’t revealed until the film’s closing credits, when one outrageous photo after another filled in the gaps of debauched behavior. Audiences loved the movie, making it the biggest R-rated comedy ever at the time.

In 2011, Phillips dialed up a sequel that aped the original’s storyline and premise in a crass strategy to give audiences more of the same. The strategy paid off at the box office, leading to the inevitable The Hangover Part IIIWould it be still another carbon copy?

The answer is no, not exactly. While it’s too crude and empty a film to be recommended, The Hangover Part III is, at the very least a step forward from the first Hangover sequel, even though there was nowhere to go but up from that lazy, mercenary undertaking.

The Wolfpack is back in action. Phil (Bradley Cooper, The A-Team), Stu (Ed Helms, Cedar Rapids) and Doug (Justin Bartha, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) have decided to confront Alan (Zach Galifianakis, Due Date), who, in the film’s opening minutes, buys a giraffe but doesn’t succeed in transferring the giraffe to his home alive. The notoriety caused by the giraffe’s death leads Alan’s father (Jeffrey Tambor, Win Win) to have a heart attack, but that doesn’t seem to phase his dependent, demanding son.

Alan’s friends attribute his erratic behavior to Alan’s decision to ditch his medication, so they stage an intervention in an effort to get Alan the help he needs. The move appears to be successful until, on their way to a treatment center, the friends’ car is run off the road by Marshall (John Goodman, Argo), who has been robbed of a stash of gold bars by the Wolfpack’s sometime nemesis Chow (Ken Jeong, Pain & Gain). Marshall detains Doug and threatens to kill him if the rest of the gang doesn’t find and return the missing gold.