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While The Hangover and The Hangover Part II kicked off with the happy occasion of impending nuptials, The Hangover Part III begins with the Wolf Pack facing some tough times. Alan's beloved daddy (previously played by Jeffrey Tambor) is dead, and in his grief Alan has really gone off the rails. So, his three best friends that anybody could have team up to help him straighten out. But on the way to a top-notch rehab facility, the boys are confronted by a brutal, growly voiced gangster (John Goodman) who is in search of the wily Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). And just like that, Doug gets kidnapped (of course) and will only be returned in exchange for the missing Chow. Cue mayhem.
The trailer above—tipped by /Film—is the first to actually give us an idea of the third Hangover installment's plot. The previously dropped international trailer offered plenty of swagger and slapstick, but little details. Personally, I'm glad to see they've dropped the bachelor party device, since Part II wore it pretty thin. However, Jeong is a character actor who tends to work best in small doses, so his heavy featuring in this trailer has me worried. Still, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms share a sizzingly comedy chemistry. And with Goodman in the mix as well as Melissa McCarthy and the return of Heather Graham's jolly Jade (and Carlos!) The Hangover Part III could prove a sensational summer treat.
Warner Bros is betting this sequel will make bank, having doled out a whopping $15 million to each of its three stars. In this day and age that's a shockingly high figure, but with the first two films netting over a billion dollars at the global box office, this flick seems a safe bet. We'll find out if it pays off when The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th.