There is a moment late in The Hangover 3 in which the franchise’s sort-of villain and sort-of sidekick Chow (Ken Jeong) jumps off a Caesars Palace balcony and paraglides across the city, yelling “I love cocaine!”
It’s indicative of director Todd Phillips’ approach that we don’t actually see anything go up Chow’s nostrils. The emphasis is on punchlines irrespective of setups, pay-offs for jokes that haven’t even been invoiced. You can see it in the aberrant, flaky face expressions of star Zach Galifianakis, as if he were a grown-up Haley Joel Osment from The Sixth Sense (1999), stoned instead of spooked.
The jokes that work — such as a freeway accident caused by a giraffe beheading and a heart attack after a tense emotional exchange — required investment in characters and situations.READ MORE