The Hangover Part III movie poster

You don’t really learn a lot about what the story is about, but the first trailer for The Hangover Part III does suggest that the upcoming final movie in the popular R-rated comedy series likely won’t face the same criticism that was leveled at Part II – namely, that it was just a bigger, more extreme replica of the first one.

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Of course, fans of raunchy R-rated comedies like their sequels repetitious, bigger and more extreme, so we’ll have to wait until it opens on May 24 and see if the third movie earns more than a quarter of a billion dollars domestically the way the first two each did.

The third movie does, in fact, seems to be going for bigger (One location can’t hold it all – the Wolfpack hits several cities this time). It’s the repetitious part that appears to have been jettisoned. There’s no indication from the trailer that the boys wake up after a night of debauchery wondering what the hell happened, and then spending the rest of the movie trying to find out. This time around, Alan (Zach Galifianakis’ character) undergoes a crisis after the death of his father.

Ken Jeong is back as Mr. Chow, a fan favorite. In addition to Galifianakis, the rest of the core Wolfpack team of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha also return.

Heather Graham and Mike Tyson also are back, and John Goodman plays the movie’s main bad guy. And Melissa McCarthy shows up for at least one scene that involves a shared lollipop. You’ll see it in the trailer.



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