never been so uninterested in a hangover movie...If it weren't for Ken Jeong's over the top antics and complete elusiveness to capture, this movie would have been absolutely unbearable. What was once the highlight set in the first movie, Gaifianakis' inappropriate man child character, becomes a tired parody of himself...I couldn't even keep track of the number of times he did his childish laugh to make up for dead noise...it was like filler for where jokes and creative moments should have been but were missing. His character was also impossibly stubborn, so much more than in the previous two, that you wonder at what point did he became such a piece of shit. I mention this because while Alan was inappropriate and often crude in the first two, it was because of his lack of social skills and childlike ineptitude, never mean-spirited at the expense of another character. Bradley cooper's Phil was so one noted, I could tell Cooper wasn't even there in person, he just phoned this one in- and I can't blame him.
*There was also a running gay joke between Alan and Phil- complete with constant forced touching, allusions to seeing Phil topless and awkward stares and questions from Alan. I kept thinking, enough already, it's 2013- would he just admit it already that he's gay for Phil or what? Instead we're treated to 100 minutes of Phil slapping away Alan's forceful gestures, and never actually confronting him about it, just letting it go like a bad joke. And despite all the macho-misogynistic talk by Chow, he also exhibited gay vibes towards Alan and Phil, just to play up the laughs. I would ACTUALLY be genuinely surprised if this plot WASN'T written by a class of middle schoolers...
Heather Graham's cameo was a blink and you miss it, and completely underused considering how good looking and funny she still is. Her scene was also one of the weirdest and most confusing character scenes, particularly for Alan(this is definitely Alan and Chow's movie) He reunites with the older baby from the first movie. It was half endearing but the deliberate combination of childlike 'bell and chimes' music and Alan's inappropriate off collar remarks, gave it a further creepy tone. Nearly everyone around in the audience were waiting for the moment when Phil and co. would find Alan in a shocking embrace with the kid.... Ed Helms as Stu is good as probably the only relatable character for the audience-and becomes even moreso, as seen by the others' complete disregard for their safety and propensity for seeking out trouble. This movie's biggest problem is Todd Phillips tried too hard to make something it wasn't- He must have heard the complaints how Part II was Part I in another country, and wanted to change up the formula to flex his muscles. But he clearly forgot who he was making these movies for, and instead of seeing a shock and laugh type comedy that we were used to from the first two, instead, we were treated to an action and heist movie with occasional bits of humor.
There's no point even going into plot holes for a movie like this, so I won't but the biggest one I had was the sledgehammer and the wooden door. You're not gonna tell me that wooden door was made of steel? I mean, COME ON! The script was also exceedingly mean-spirited and i couldn't believe how many moments where characters would just dismiss the damage they caused or belittle and undervalue a person's life(mr. chow even makes a reference about PETA and killing dogs like it's nothing).
I refuse to believe anything else other than Mr. Chow and Alan are actually malevolent 12 year olds trapped in the bodies of 40 somethings...the pain and suffering they cause to others is just so over the top. I know it's just a movie but it just keeps on going and makes me shudder at those people in the audience that actually LAUGH at those scenes for the sadistic humor of it. The number of really funny moments could be counted on a single hand MAYBE. John Goodman also has the obligatory mob boss role, and it just went nowhere at all and not even an ounce of what we got from The Big Lebowski. It's weird how the most energy and spirit of the first two movies was only in a 2 minute post-credits scene...everything up to that scene almost felt like exposition and pointless at that.