All About Alan
Following the death of Alan's father, his family along with the wolfpack decide to have an intervention for Alan as he has lost all grip on reality. But after he agrees to go to hospital for therapy the guys get kidnapped by an angry gangster who wants them to tack down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) as back when they were in Vegas Chow stole a lot of money from the gangster. But of course things never run smoothly when the guys come together especially as events lead them back to Vegas.
I was going to say that to enjoy "The Hangover Part III" you need to be a fan of the characters in the previous movies but I realise that isn't exactly true. What is true is that this third movie in "The Hangover" series is all about Alan and as such the comedy of Zach Galifianakis. Everyone else from Bradley Cooper as Phil to Justin Bartha as Doug are there purely as supporting characters and for most of the movie have nothing to do other than set up a joke for Alan to deliver in that foolish kind of way. Unfortunately this makes "The Hangover Part III" not only different to the previous movies but also pretty boring as half of the fun of these movies was watching an exasperated Phil or seeing something bad happen to Stu.
But not only does "The Hangover Part III" focus more on Alan than ever but we have a storyline which differs to the previous two movies as we have the guys trying to capture Mr. Chow, getting fooled ending up in Vegas and having to deal with a gangster. But whilst maybe amusing as an idea for a standalone movie this doesn't work as part of the series of movies and despite bringing back various characters from the other movies doesn't feel like it fits with the other movies.
What also doesn't fit is the humour in "The Hangover Part III" because whilst it starts with the sort of gag which makes you cringe after that it ends up surprisingly safe. Yes there are some "dirty" gags so to speak but the humour is actually pretty boring and you almost begin to wonder whether Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms wanted to do this movie at all as they have so little to do when it comes to the jokes
What this all boils down to is that "The Hangover Part III" ended up disappointing because it didn't feel like part of the series. In fact at times it felt like a movie a studio forced through to make money off of the popularity of the previous movies.