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'The Hangover Part III' offers laughs and oddity

5/30/2013

When I say "The Hangover Part III" is interesting, I, of course, mean the film made me think about some interesting comparisons and ideas that were in no way intentional.

Stick with me on this one. "The Hangover Part III" has some striking similarities to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

I am a devout fan of the Harry Potter novels and was among the individuals who purchased the final book on the day it was released. Like many, I found the ending of the story to be satisfactory and somewhat unsatisfying. The reason the final book felt strange to many people, in my opinion, is because it broke the well-established mold it had built during the course of the previous six novels. The final book didn't feel right because little of it takes place at Hogwarts.

Similarly, "The Hangover Part III" breaks the mold of the previous two "Hangover" films, and it makes it feel odd. The raucous, and frequently obscene, humor of the franchise is present in spades.

There are laughs to be had, but when a mold or tradition needs to be broken, it is best to shatter it or replace it completely.

Again, speaking from experience, I simply could not eat the green ketchup that surfaced years ago -- small changes weird people out.

4 of 6 stars

James Gerstner works at the Fort Hays State University Foundation and is the founder and editor of Six Horizons Media at sixhorizons.com. Contact James at james@sixhorizons.com, @sixhorizons on Twitter, Facebook.com/sixhorizons.