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Review: The Hangover III

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

Grade: C-

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

One would think that after the many people that were disappointed with the second installment of The Hangover that writers Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin would make sure that the end of the trilogy would be clever and have jokes that zing. Phillips and Mazin do go back to the first movie tying the storyline into what happened in Vegas with Black Doug (Mike Epps), which was smart, but just not smart enough.

In The Hangover III, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) have an intervention for Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Then they take him to a psychiatric hospital, but get sidetracked when a man named Marshall (John Goodman) stops them on the way and kidnaps Doug. Marshall lets them know that he will return Doug safe in exchange for the $21 million that Mr. Chow (Community's Ken Jeong) stole from him. So then they head to Tijuana and then end up in Las Vegas, a place that they never wanted to return to. Of course, everything spirals out of control AGAIN.

One of the smart things that Warner Brothers and Todd Phillips decided to do was release this film on Memorial Day weekend. This means big numbers at the box office. However, that's not because it's a great film. It's because we are invested in these great characters that Jon Lucas and Scott Moore created and we keep coming back to them like old friends who once made us laugh. The problem is that the jokes aren't as strong today. I will admit that I wasn't a fan of The Office's Ed Helms until I watched The Hangover and after that, I started looking forward to watching him on The Office. Even the reunion with Heather Graham's character was disappointing. You believe something is going to happen with her son, but it was anti-climactic. If you still want to see how these characters' lives unfold, then you will be happy to know that the last five minutes are the best. Oh, and stay after the credits for a clip.

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoeverReview: The Hangover III

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