The Hangover Part III hits theaters this weekend and reunites fans with their favorite Wolfpack. In the previous two installments, director Todd Phillips’ vision played out in a similar scenario in which three longtime friends, Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) plan to have one last great night before one of them gets married. They end up letting Doug’s brother in-law, and general social misfit, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) tag along with them and the night always takes a turn for the worst. After long nights of heavy drinking, drug use, and partying, Alan, Phil, and Stu awake with no memory of what happened the previous night. To make matters they have misplaced their friend Doug, and have no clues regarding his whereabouts and wellbeing. The main plot revolves around the three of them attempting to piece together their blackout and find their friend by tracking down all the people they drunkenly interacted with on the previous night.
No Actual Hangover This Time?
Phillips has stated that the third installment of the popular franchise will be a break from the template used in the previous two films and will satisfy the fans that complained about Part II recycling the same plot from the original film in a different setting. Part III promises to not be another bachelor party gone terribly wrong. Instead, The Wolfpack is put into a perilous situation as they are trying to transport Alan to a mental health facility so that he can get the help everyone thinks he desperately needs. The gang is ran off the road by a mob boss named Marshall (John Goodman) and his crew, who take Doug hostage as collateral for a job that Marshall, believes Alan, Phil, and Stu have the capacity to accomplish.
New Direction, Same Crazy Characters
Although the plot is being steered in a new direction away from the usual alcohol and drug induced blackout of epic proportions, fans of the series will surely enjoy the interactions between the characters they have grown to love in the first two films. The Wolfpack really doesn’t need to abuse drugs and alcohol in order to cause their famous debauchery and shenanigans. Alan is a walking disaster area waiting to happen and should continue to shock viewers with his outrageous antics.
The Final Act
The Hangover Part III should be the grandiose send-off and closing to a franchise that has brought us so many great characters and funny lines. The plot may not center around the hangover from an epic night of partying this time, but the movie will definitely contain some drug sensitive material which contributes to its R rating. The Hangover Part III opens Friday, May 24th, today. If you know someone who is having problems with drug or alcohol abuse, please contact The Watershed at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: alcohol, Alcohol abuse, Alcoholism, Binge Drinking, blackout, drug abuse, drugs, hangover, hangover 3, heavy drinking, substance abuse