Thursday, May 23, 2013

This weekend it's Drunk vs. Driven

I'm a day early with a weekend pick because so is your Hangover. Well, perhaps not your hangover, but someone's.

Actually The Hangover Part III rushed into theaters on Wednesday night, hoping against hope that its target audience won't save the final Vegas debacle for cable to give in to their need for speed with Friday's release of Fast and Furious 6.

Here's some Moviedozer advice for a safe Holiday weekend - don't drink and drive. Along with lots of advance reviews, my gut tells me that The Hangover Part III is better left to cable and downloads - or better yet, rerun parties of 1 & 2 after the barbecues. Not that Fast & Furious 6 is filled with originality and great storytelling. But that's never put the brakes on this franchise before.

It's these guys versus...
So another way to look at this summer season's first real demographic battle for audiences might be this... Universal's Fast & Furious franchise is already greenlit for a 7th chapter while the good folks at Warner Bros. are mercifully promising that Part III is indeed the End of The Hangovers.

Of course money changes all that, and if audiences flock to see Vegas get dismantled by a crew of friends prone to blackout drinking binges there's room all over this franchise for spinoffs. Just remember I told you so.

...these guys.
So what will it be? Go really fast, lose control and smash into things or drink a helluva lot, get smashed and lose total control? And now you can see why these films are targeted to the exact same demographics.

I'll stick with my pick, but honesty compels me to say that I'll be more likely risking an ice cold hand to fish a beer from the cooler and enjoy time with friends and family in the backyard. Afterward I'll be surfing my Netflix queue and the program guide for Turner Classic Movies. It's a long summer ahead and I'll take this weekend to catch up on the classics.

Here's a look back at The Hangover franchise, strong language intact, as that seems a more fitting way to say goodbye.

And the guys they're up against in Fast & Furious 6.

Have a fun, safe Memorial Day weekend. We'll see you next week.

Thanks to Warner Bros. and Universal pictures.

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