May 22, 2013 | 7:43 pm
Posted by Joan Alperin-Schwartz
I judge how good a comedy is, by how much I laugh, as well as how much the audience laughs...or doesn't, as was the case last night, sitting in the theatre, watching 'The Hangover Park 3'.
It's been two years since our guys...Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) have had any encounters with strippers, weird animals, monkeys, gangsters or drugs. In fact they are all happily married and living the good life in suburbia.
The only member of the Wolf Pack who doesn't have his life together is...Alan (Zach Galifianakis) He's off his meds...Says and does whatever he feels like, at any given moment, no matter how inappropriate, and is driving his parents, who he still lives with...nuts.
His three buddies decide to do an intervention...which includes a trip to a mental facility in Arizona and that means...ROAD TRIP.
Which also means for our guys that normalcy is thrown out the window, replaced by complete mayhem, kidnapping, bad guys, drugs, breaking and entering, a trip to Mexico and of course to VEGAS.
What 'The Hangover Part 3', directed and written, once again, by Todd Phillips, along with Craig Mazin, doesn't have is anything original or humorous.
The film, except for a change in geography, feels very similar to the first two films in the franchise...only without the laughs.
Heather Graham, Stu's first wife makes a brief appearance and of course, Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) is back...This time, however, he didn't bring the funny...only the mean and nasty.
Rounding out the cast is John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy, who is the one character that does bring the comedy.
I gave 'The Hangover Part 3', which opens in theatres Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, only two bagels out of five...and John gave it even less.
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