In the third and final installment of The Hangover trilogy, Todd Phillips' takes the latest adventure of Stu, Phil, and Alan in a radically different direction. There is no bachelor party, or actual wedding involved in this story which finds the trio in another nightmarish scenario. This story is set in the aftermath of the death of Alan's father where the group stages an intervention with Alan, determined to get him treated for his mental issues. What starts off as a trip to the clinic takes a horrible wrong turn when they are attacked by Marshall, a drug dealer intent on tracking down Mr. Chow and the 21 million he stole from him. Marshall kidnaps Doug, and forces the wolfpack to find Chow and surrender him to the gangster. Todd Phillip's Hangover 3 is a very different film than its two predecessors, opting for a much darker comedic story that is unfortunately not very funny at all. The Hangover 2 is pretty universally regarded as a carbon copy of the first film but at least the characters feel the same. The success of this trilogy is really built around the likeability of Phil, Stu and Alan but with this film the characters just didn't feel the same. Alan is the most glaring example of this, a character who now just feels preposterously dumb and annoying. In the previous films he was certainly stupid but he had a likeability to his character that has become much more mean spirited in the third entry. Comedy is arguably the most subjective genre so some may actually find some of the antics funny but overall this film was rather uninteresting and even cringe-inducing at times. The Hangover Part 3 wraps up the characters decent enough but they don't even feel like the same people, ending a comedy trilogy that never should have been a trilogy to begin with.
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