What started as a wildly original concept in 2009 has turned into a disastrous, painfully unfunny conclusion to a trilogy in 2013. Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong are pushed to lead roles in The Hangover Part III, demonstrating their talents as supporting players all the more. Their characters are thinly sketched and simply can’t carry a film, and they remind us of how funny and inventive the first film felt in comparison to this retread of a tired formula. I’ve almost forgotten just how much I enjoyed that first film. John Goodman is one of the new faces here as well, but his plot stems from a tie-in with the original film’s timeline that feels forced and unnecessary. That’s a simple way to describe this entry in the franchise: the laughs are so scattered that it’s painful to hear so many jokes fall flat, and the film doesn’t appeal to fans of the original because the plot structure and story type have changed vastly. This barely resembles what made the original film so popular, spontaneous, and engaging: it feels like a shell of its former self, and it’s only fitting that they leave the series here before it gets any worse.
Grade: ★½ (out of 5)