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Chris Packham Reviews The Hangover Part III in This Week's New Times

Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis are back. Fans of the trio (a.k.a. The Wolfpack) will find it hitting the road and theaters this weekend in The Hangover Part III. And, if the movie's poster is any indication, then all bets are off.

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Chris Packham reviews the buddy comedy in this week's print edition of New Times. He writes:

The unlikeliest of all the Hangover trilogy's comic implausibilities might be its four pampered, rich-boy leads unironically calling themselves the "Wolf Pack" without anybody ever making fun of them.

In the slobs-versus-snobs comedies of the 1970s and '80s, the snooty rich kids were always the antagonists, bullying the nerds and cheating at cross-camp field days. They were shitty human beings who probably grew up to be like Ellis from Die Hard or EPA agent Walter Peck from Ghostbusters. We identified with the slobs because Americans like underdogs, and also because the slobs were so often played by Bill Murray. But the snobs could be hilarious, too -- see, for example, every single line spoken by Ted Knight as Judge Smails in Caddyshack.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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