Hangover Franchise in Desperate Need of Rehab: Movie Review

The Hangover Part III review: ‘Unnecessary sequel’ that’s ‘sporadically and barely’ amusing (photo: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms in The Hangover Part III) There was a time, and this time now seems very long ago, when The Hangover was a near-cultural phenomenon. It became (for a while) the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever, it made Bradley Cooper a star, and it proved the movie industry could find a place for oddball comic Zach Galifianakis. That was four years and, as it turns out, two disappointing sequels ago. The hope going into The Hangover Part III was that co-writer and director Todd Phillips would make amends for the universally disliked The Hangover Part II. That dream is neither denied nor fulfilled. Instead, we get another unnecessary sequel that’s amusing in the way that many crass bro-comedies are amusing, which is to say sporadically and barely. As Phil (Bradley Cooper

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