The Hangover Part III, with Ed Helms (left), Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, is darker than the rest of the series.
THE HANGOVER PART III directed by Todd Phillips, written by Phillips and Craig Mazin, with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong. A War ner Bros. release. 100 minutes. Opens today (Thursday, May 23). For venues and times, see listings. Rating: NNN
The Hangover Part III wraps up the bros-gone-wild trilogy by shifting from anarchic comedy to a riff on Dante's Inferno. It's the weirdest caper movie since Ocean's Twelve.
Self-absorbed asshole Phil (Bradley Cooper), terminally repressed Stu (Ed Helms) and pure sociopath Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are forced to go through a series of hellish adventures to find the chaos demon Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who's escaped from a Thai prison and made off with $21 million of a rival mobster's bullion.
It's the darkest of the series, because director and co-writer Todd Phillips is no longer trying to pretend that any of these characters are functional adults. He's allowing us to see them as they really are, and forcing them to confront the real-world consequences of their behaviour - up to a point anyway.
I have no idea what audiences are going to make of this, but I think it's a pretty ballsy move.