Knowing that it was the final instalment in Todd Phillips gold-plated franchise made the 100 minutes of film seem extra long. The laughs were few and far between in The Hangover Part III and many of us left, firmly convinced that the party is indeed over.
The film started on a humorous note with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) off his meds and out of control as he drives a giraffe into a highway bridge, resulting in its decapitation. After his father dies, the other Wolf Pack pals, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention and convince Alan that he needs rehab at a treatment center in Arizona. A road trip follows with an unexpected detour staged by mobster Marshall (John Goodman) who has learned that Alan has been texting gangster Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong).
More adventures follow as Alan, Phil and Stu search for Chow in Tijuana and Las Vegas.
Flashbacks and characters from the previous instalments insert bits of humor in an otherwise bland film. The funniest scene involves Alan and a pawn shop owner (Melissa McCarthy) flirting with a shared sucker. And if you’re not in a rush to leave, you will catch another funny scene as the end credits start to roll.