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'The Hangover Part III' completes trilogy, returns to Vegas

May 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
I remember laughing until I cried when I saw the original "Hangover" film back in 2009. I also remember not laughing so much watching "Part II." And now it's the final chapter in the trilogy. So how does "The Hangover Part III" stack up?

The "Wolf Pack" is back for one last adventure, courtesy of an intervention gone wrong.

"The Hangover Part III" returns to where all the trouble began in the first place: Las Vegas.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis find themselves involved yet again with the criminal -- and comical -- Mr. Chow, played by Ken Jeong.

This "Hangover" veers in a different direction than the first two. It's darker and, by design, it doesn't have as many wild laugh-out-loud moments.

Galifianakis has a bigger role in this one, and he's fun to watch. Ditto for Ken Jeong, who considers Mr. Chow the devil, with a sense of humor.

The vibe is different for this "Hangover." You can't go in expecting what you got before. Yes, it's still very "R"-rated with lots of foul language, sexual references, violence and a little nudity. But it's not nearly as outrageous as the original. Or maybe we've just gotten used to it!

In a small role, the always-funny Melissa McCarthy does not disappoint.

If you compare the three "Hangover" films, this one is certainly better than Part II, but the original wins hands down.

There are more smiles here than laughs, but "The Hangover Part III" does hold its own. The film completes its journey and it ties up some loose ends.

And this should go without saying, but don't leave when the credits start rolling or you will miss the best joke in the movie.


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