Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
The gang is reassembled to help the government (led by Dwayne Johnson) against a villain who’s better matched and more modern. Expect plenty of fights and fast cars with even bigger stunts. Unfortunately, much of the action is hard to follow, which is surprising considering it’s the same director (Justin Lin). The dialogue and situations are so hokey it’s become a parody of itself. One thing that really seemed stupid: these guys are driving like maniacs and still using old school walkies (and tying up one hand). Just so you don’t think I’m a snob, I liked 5 much better. Fans aren’t picky, so they’ll probably dig it, but I thought it was 2 long + 2 talky + 2 unfocused = 6. NOTE: Stay thru the first few credits for a preview of 7.
GAY ANGLE: Over-pumped bods and testosterone aplenty.
Hangover Part III
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis is the focus of this final installment in the decreasingly funny series. His over-the-top behavior has the other Wolfpack members taking him off to rehab…until John Goodman appears and sends them on a quest to find Mr. Chow. Instead of the “how did we get here?” scenario that fueled the first two, this one comes off as a mediocre heist. While there are amusing moments (thx mostly to Zach), the whole enterprise lacks the outrageous originality of the others.
GAY ANGLE: Mr. Chow makes gay sex jokes (and offers), but never acts on it.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.