The Hangover Part III (2013) Director: Todd Phillips (12A)

Is it bad that we'd completely forgotten that the The Hangover Part III existed?! It came out last year. Oh, okay. Yes, it's THAT significant and looking at its reviews, perhaps it's a good thing that it went...quietly under our radar. However, to be fair, it's not that bad. We've seen worse. Like Sliding Doors.
The Hangover Part III is Alan's film, played with good spirit by Zach Galifianakis. It's all a bit awkward, as the premise surrounds Alan needing to go to rehab due to being off his medication. Confused messaging. This isn't a film to watch for sensitivity towards Alan or animal rights. Don't even go there if decapitated giraffes upset you.
But despite being un-PC, this installment of The Hangover series captures your attention - it's dark. People actually die. There's violence. There's a direct sense of threat that Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Jason Bartha) and Alan could be in deeeppppp trouble. It's a bit like the final episode of Mad Dogs when the shit really hit the fan. With all the laughs and high jinks of the previous two films (that monkey!), reality pays us a visit as ouchy - bullets hurt. It's not comfortable viewing at times.
And this is what makes The Hangover III interesting; it's a blacker comedy, and significantly funnier than Hangover 2. Alan's character development plays out nicely and his potential love interest Cassie (Melissa McCarthy) is a cute interlude. Ken Jeong as the dynamic Chow is on great form, and has some of the best lines.
It's certainly different to the previous two films and anyone wanting a direct replication of those escapades will be disappointed. As a movie which we had low expectations on, this surprised us. It's not a classic, but it's not the turkey you'd think either.
3/5 tigers in the bathroom