The Hangover Part III is the epic conclusion to a story that probably didn’t deserve one, providing a sense of closure to characters who probably didn’t need it. The original movie in this bizarre trilogy, The Hangover, eschewed the predictable narrative structure of one drunken Las Vegas night in favor of piecing it all together after the fact.
Both The Hangover Part II’s strengths and weaknesses come from the same obvious issue - it’s a sequel to a surprise hit. The original set the bar for fans of the “wolfpack”, and there are plenty of ways the new events could have unfolded.
What happens in Thailand stays in Thailand. It appears the lovable foursome of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) didn’t learn their lesson that there is nothing harmless about having a few drinks with friends.