In the opening scene,
we see Mr. Chow (played by Ken Jeong) escaping from a maximum
security prison in Bangkok. He made his way through the sewers
and then water came rushing through. It pushed Chow through a
cliff into a river below. Then, the title card is shown in a dramatic
fashion: “The Hangover Part III.”
Next, we see Alan (Zach
Galifianakis) driving a convertible on the 73 Toll Road in Orange
County, Calif. He had a huge smile on his face because he just
bought a giraffe, which was being towed in a trailer. The giraffe
made clearance over several bridges on the freeway—until
a low bridge approached. The giraffe didn’t have enough
time to lower his head so his head got knocked off and landed
on the windshield of a car behind. That led to a chain reaction
accident with several cars getting smashed and a semi truck losing
Later, we are introduced
to Alan’s father, Sid, played by Jeffrey Tambor. Sid told
Alan that the accident would cost his family a lot of money, even
though they were well off. A few seconds later, Sid had a heart
attack and dies.
The next morning, Stu
(Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) had
a meeting with Alan. They encouraged him to start an intervention
program to turn his bad behavior around. Alan asked if they would
be driving him there and they all said yes.
The Wolfpack as the
four characters are known—got into their Chrysler minivan
and drove to the hospital. A few seconds later, a small semi truck
side swiped them. The doors opened up and all four members of
the Wolfpack were assaulted and tied up. Meanwhile, Doug got kidnapped
and that was the last we saw of him for a while.
Who was behind the
kidnapping? None other than Marshall (John Goodman). Everyone
reappeared in a desert with lots of windmills. It reminded me
of the San Gorgonio Pass wind farm just west of Palm Springs.
Marshall wanted to know the location of Mr. Chow because he stole
more than $20 million of his gold.
The rest of the movie
became a wild goose chase for Mr. Chow. The Wolfpack found him
in Tijuana, then lost him and then found him again in Las Vegas
where the first "Hangover" movie began. Just when we
think he is dead, Chow appears again. He jumped off of a balcony
at the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino and landed perfectly
on Stu’s limousine with the help of a parachute.
Will Alan ever make
it to his intervention program? What is his future romantically?
Those are the questions you’ll be able to answer at the
end of this movie and the end of the Hangover franchise. I'm not
going to tell you those answers. You have to go see the movie
for yourself to find out.
There’s a special
surprise for those of you who stay for the credits. Don’t
leave as soon as they start rolling. What’s it all about?
I’ll keep you in suspense…
Todd Phillips returned
as director for “The Hangover Part III.” He also directed
the first two parts of the trilogy. Scenes for the movie were
shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and in Nogales, Ariz. (which doubled
as Tijuana). It is rated R for pervasive language including sexual
references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic
I really enjoyed “The
Hangover Part III.” The movie went by really fast even though
it was one hour and 40 minutes in length. I really enjoyed the
cast of Bartha, Cooper, Galifianakis, Helms and Jeong. Heather
Graham, Melissa McCarthy and Jeffrey Tambor also have small roles
in the film. I would recommend it for fans of "Hangover"
Parts and II, but also to those who haven’t seen the first
two installments. It definitely has a surprise ending that I didn’t