FILM FANS: We want more from 'The Hangover Part III'

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2 out of 4 stars

"The Hangover Part III" continues the misadventures of a group of friends played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakas and Justin Bartha. If you saw the first two installments of this series, you'll also remember the mischievous Leslie Chow, played by Ken Jeong, who is a prominent character in "Part III." Look for brief appearances by Jeffrey Tambor, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy and Heather Graham as well. With such a lengthy list of Hollywood stars, what could go wrong?

The movie tries very hard to be three things -- a zany comedy, a road adventure buddy flick and a heartwarming coming-of-age story. Unfortunately, it does not succeed on any of these levels. There are some funny moments, but not nearly as many as the original film. Those looking for a wealth of raunchy humor will be disappointed. And the "Alan must face his fears and grow up" tale feels forced and out of place.

Perhaps what weakens "Part III" the most is having Chow at the center of the action. While the character is good for a few laughs (and for pushing the boundaries of taste) his presence grows tiresome about halfway through the movie's 100 minutes.

"Part III" has been described as the final installment of this series. Thankfully, all hangovers eventually do come to an end.

-- Paul Tate, Sugar Hill

1 out of 4 stars

What can say about "The Hangover 3?" The third time was not a charm. First, no one is hungover (unless I count how I felt after sitting through the movie.) Second, there is too much of the character Chow in the movie. He is funny in small doses, but should not be the center of the story. This installment of the franchise returns to Vegas, but tries a new formula and fails miserably.

Fans will not find any of the raunchy, irreverent humor that is a hallmark of the first two. The only scene that was really funny and similar to the first two films comes at the very end after the credits. If the rest of the movie had been based on that scene then the movie might have been saved. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. This one isn't even worth the rental.

-- Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

1 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

There is no hangover during this movie since it is a prequel of the next movie, "Hangover IV." I've been a reluctant fan of these series of crass movies and went to the third installment of the series based on quite funny premises shown on the previews. I should have known better. "A Good Day to Die Hard" type of disappointment, where the previews were better than the actual movie.

One good point is that there was an actual plot in this one, one that kept me paying attention. I will no further spoil the plot of the movie other than to say all prior movies are duly noted on this one. The movie seems to tie up any loose ends of the prior ones. If you go and see it just remember to remain in your seats through the movie credits. I noticed most people left the theater and missed the truly funny audience setup for director Todd Phillips' next film. Wait for the DVD if you are really into this type of movie.

-- Alfred Richner, Duluth