Man, talk about beating a dead horse day after day after day. THE HANGOVER II was a pretty big disappointment since the filmmakers just got lazy and re-did the first film in a new location but it looks like the work of Chaplin compared to PART III. There were about ten people in my screening this morning and there were only four left when the end credits started.
It really does seem like the director and cast didn't want to do this film but either had to because of a contract or perhaps Warner just threw so much money at them. Either way, this here is without question one of the laziest comedies I've seen in a very long time. Yes, it's better than INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY and SCARY MOVIE V but this here is something with talent and it should have been better. It's just shocking that not only is it not funny but there doesn't seem to be any attempt to make it funny. There are very few jokes and most of them deal with someone doing something stupid and then we get a shot at someone else's stupid reaction.
I know some say sequels are evil and are all made when a film makes money. I never really bought into this because if you have something good and fun then it's not too hard to make it again. However, with the previous film and this one, it's clear that this doesn't always work and whatever magic the first film had is something the filmmakers couldn't repeat.
Let us all hope this is the last.
* 1/2 (out of 4)