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Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Hangover Part III is a 2013 American comedy film produced by Legendary Picturesand distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's The Hangover Part II, and the third and final film in The Hangover trilogy. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha,Jamie Chung, and John Goodman with Todd Phillips directing a screenplay written by himself and Craig Mazin. The film follows the "Wolfpack" (Phil, Stu, Doug, and Alan) as they try to get Alan the help he needs after facing a personal crisis.
The Hangover Part III was announced days before the release of The Hangover Part IIand Mazin who co-wrote Part II was brought on board. In January 2012, the principal actors re-signed to star. In March 2012, Warner Bros. announced a U.S. Memorial Weekend release. The supporting roles were cast between June and September 2012. Principal photography began in September 2012 in Los Angeles, California before moving to Nogales, Arizona and Las Vegas Nevada. The film was released on May 23, 2013. Despite being panned from film critics, The Hangover Part III had the second biggest worldwide box office opening for an R-rated comedy following The Hangover Part II in 2011.
- Bradley Cooper as Phil Wenneck
- Ed Helms as Dr. Stuart "Stu" Price
- Zach Galifianakis as Alan Garner
- Ken Jeong as Leslie Chow
- John Goodman as Marshall
- Justin Bartha as Doug Billings
- Melissa McCarthy as Cassie
- Jeffrey Tambor as Sid Garner
- Heather Graham as Jade
- Gillian Vigman as Stephanie Wenneck
- Sasha Barrese as Tracy Billings
- Jamie Chung as Lauren Price
- Mike Epps as Black Doug
- Mike Vallely as Neeco
In May 2011, days before the release of The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips said that "there already are plans for a third film but no script or start date". About the possibility of The Hangover Part III, Phillips stated, "If we were to do a third one, if the audience, if the desire was there, I think we have a very clear idea where that would head. It's certainly not in the same template that you've seen these movies. The third would be very much a finale and an ending. The most I could say about it, what's in my head, and I haven't discussed it with these actors, is that it is not following that template but very much a new idea. As far as where it takes place, I said I'm very open." Also during May, Craig Mazin, who co-wrote The Hangover Part II, entered early talks to write the script for the third installment.
In December 2011, Bradley Cooper appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote The Hangover Part II DVD and Blu-ray release, where he stated he "hopes" that The Hangover Part III will start shooting in September 2012, and also stated that Todd Phillips is working on the script. In January 2012, it was reported that stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms were nearing deals to reprise their roles in third installment with each receiving $15 million (against the backend) for their participation. In February 2012, Mike Tyson stated that he would return in the third film, although he later told TMZ that "I have no idea what's going on. I'm not in this one."
In March 2012, Warner Bros. announced that it was moving forward with the sequel and scheduled a release date of May 24, 2013, again aiming for a Memorial Day opening weekend. In June 2012, it was reported that the third installment would return to Las Vegasand would shoot on the Las Vegas Strip and at Caesars Palace. The report stated that much of the film would also be shot in Los Angeles and Tijuana and include a storyline that involves the boys rescuing Alan from a mental hospital.
In July 2012, Ken Jeong signed on to return in a significantly expanded role. The following week, Mike Epps entered negotiations to reprise his role of Black Doug. In August 2012, it was reported that Heather Graham would be back to play Jade the stripper. A few days later, Sasha Barrese was signed to reprise her role as Doug's wife, Tracy. In August, John Goodman began talks to join the cast in a small role, then described as an antagonist in the same vein as Paul Giamatti's character in The Hangover: Part II. In September 2012, Justin Bartha said he had signed on to return in the sequel.
Principal photography began on Monday, September 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The following week, Melissa McCarthyentered negotiations to join the cast in a small role and Lela Loren was cast as a police officer. On October 8, 2012, production moved to Nogales, Arizona, which doubled as Tijuana in the film. On October 20 and 21, a stretch of the 73 Toll Road in Orange County, California was closed for filming. At the end of the month, production moved to Las Vegas for several weeks of filming.Principal photography concluded in Las Vegas on Friday, November 16, 2012
In early May 2013, Warner Bros. moved the release date for The Hangover Part III to Thursday, May 23, a day before Universal Picturesreleased Fast & Furious 6, in an attempt to beat the Memorial Day weekend rush. The Hangover Part III premiered on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The Hangover Part III took in $3.1 million in late Wednesday night screenings, ahead of its wide-release on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The film has made $109.3 million in the US and Canada. It was projected to earn $80 million in its first five days. Early figures indicated first five days earnings would be closer to $50 million, far below the $135 million earned by The Hangover Part II in its opening days, with the film generally considered a box office disappointment, based on these numbers. It is the second biggest worldwide opening for an R rated comedy, behind The Hangover Part II. Overall, as of July 2013, the movie has grossed some $346 million against the budget of $103 million.
The Hangover Part III received generally negative reviews from film critics. It is the worst reviewed installment of the Hangover trilogy. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 19%, based on an aggregation of 182 reviews with an average rating of 4.0/10. The website's consensus reads: "Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place." Metacritic, which uses a weighted mean, assigned a score of 30 out of 100 based on reviews from 36 film critics. Audience polls conducted by CinemaScore gave the film a 'B' rating.
Andrew Barker of Variety gave the film a negative review, writing, "Ditching the hangovers, the backward structure, the fleshed-out characters and any sense of debauchery or fun, this installment instead just thrusts its long-suffering protagonists into a rote chase narrative..." Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Young viewers looking for unbridled raunch will be sadly disappointed, and so will other moviegoers expecting more than a few wan chuckles." Steven Holden of The New York Times called The Hangover Part III "a dull, lazy walkthrough that along with The Big Wedding has a claim to be the year's worst star-driven movie." Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times said, "I'm not sure who let the dogs out this time, but they should be made to pay." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Director Todd Phillips delivers a film so different from the first two, I’m not even sure it’s supposed to be a comedy."
Christy Lemire of the Associated Press gave the film a positive review, writing, "The Hangover Part III... runs a different sort of risk by going to darker and more dangerous places than its predecessors, both artistically and emotionally. It dares to alienate the very audience that made The Hangover the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time.