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Booze, blow, prostitutes, old ladies ... one of the hallowed traditions of the Wolf Pack is to save the sickest, most depraved debauchery for the end credits, and that noble heritage is upheld for this weekend's "The Hangover Part III."
While director Todd Phillips eschews his traditional still photograph montage, the bro excess is chronicled in a brief one-minute scene after the final credits have rolled for a minute or so. When last we saw Alan (Zach Galifianakis), he was about to walk down the aisle with his sassy lady love Cassie (Melissa McCarthy) ... but when they fade back up the house from his wedding is completely destroyed, stuff is on fire, there's a motorcycle lodged in the window, etc.
- Max Evry
May’s not yet over and we’ve already got another flick in the theatres with the number three in the title. Iron Man 3 kickstarted the big Summer blockbuster season weeks ago with an astounding box office draw and a general agreement that this superhero action epic was a vast improvement over the lack luster part two. Well, comedies can often stumble in their follow-ups and a third outing can be “back to basics”/apology to the first film’s staunchest fans. This happened with the Grisswold Vacation flicks as Christmas Vacation was more popular with critics and moviegoers than the tepid European Vacation. More recently Ocean’S 13 played much better than the bloated Ocean’S 12 (well, it is a comedy series with lots of action and suspense mixed in). Like the Grisswolds, Danny Ocean and his crew seemed to stumble overseas, so 13 got them back to “Sin City »
- Jim Batts
Comedy is a complex issue to discuss, but a simple one to judge. There are many types of cinematic comedies, with wildly varying levels of ambition, but for the most part, the basic barometer for success is an easy one to gauge: Does the film make one laugh? It is as subjective a critical criterion as exists, personal to the specific tastes of the individual, and when it comes to films like The Hangover and its sequels, it is essentially the only question that matters. These are not satires, intent on examining real-world issues through humor, nor do they strive to make any stylistic or aesthetic innovations. While the films live and die by the strength of the ensemble, often doing surprisingly heartfelt and effective work with the relationships of the core trio, any and all elements of character study are secondary to the humor.
So when I say that »
- Jonathan R. Lack
Plot: Two years after their wild night in Bangkok, the Wolfpack is back. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has been off his meds for six months and is running wild. After an intervention, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) manage to convince him to go the rehab, but on the way to the clinic they're attacked by a mobster named Marshall (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and threatens to kill him unless the guys can find the elusive Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who's just broken out »
- Chris Bumbray
London got a large dose of star power today when the cast of The Hangover hit the red carpet to premiere the third installment of their franchise. Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Todd Phillips, Ken Jeong, and Heather Graham met up in front of the cameras to pose for pictures and chat among themselves, flashing plenty of smiles along the way. It was their second big event of the week after also bringing the movie to La on Monday. It looked like Zach was on his best behavior in the UK following his funny antics at the West Coast premiere - Zach hopped into a car trunk before walking the carpet with his formerly homeless friend, Mimi Haist. The promotions will continue for the gang in the run up to their film's Friday premiere. Make sure to check out our review of The Hangover Part III before »
- Lauren Turner
Not every interview is easy. In general, I try to treat interviews as real conversations. It's all an illusion, of course. Most real conversations are not arranged weeks earlier by a team of publicists and don't take place in a brightly lit area surrounded by strangers and cameras that you have to pretend aren't actually there, and they don't take place one after another until people begin to blur together. At a press event, though, that's exactly what happens, and so it becomes hard to make it feel natural. When you are dealing with cast members like Justin Bartha and Heather »
- Drew McWeeny
The Hangover feels like a franchise created by a studio rather than a storyteller. The original film was a huge sleeper hit, and Warner Bros. wanted to chase that high. We get sequels because audiences presumably want more, and the assumption was that we wanted to see more of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis), a.k.a. "The Wolfpack". The Hangover Part II gave audiences more of the same to the point where it felt like a remake rather than a sequel. Once again, the filmmakers have responded not by really buckling down on a good story, but reacting to the response towards the previous movie. This time we would get an original story—a Hangover without the hangover. But The Hangover Part III is a case of being careful what you wish for, and even though sequels are supposed to provide more, Part III somehow gives us less. »
- Matt Goldberg
This evening Ashley Scott and I headed down to Leicester Square for the European Premiere of the third installment of The Hangover titled (creatievly) The Hangover 3! Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham and Director Todd Phillips who were all in attendance and we got to speak with many of them. Those who we didn’t catch this evening we’ll chat with at the junket which will be available for your viewing pleasure on Thursday or Friday.
This evening we got to find out from Justin Bartha how the movies have progressed to this third instalment and what he’ll miss most about making them. From Zach we get to find out his best cure for a hangover and from Ken Jeong we hear about his voiceover work on Turbo and how he is so thankful to The Hangover franchise for helping him along in his career. »
- David Sztypuljak
The end is almost here. The Hangover Part III hits theaters tomorrow, which means it's the last time well see Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha's collective, crazy onscreen antics. To celebrate the end of the Hangover era, let's take a look at what wacky hijinks fans can expect from the franchise's third and final flick. From cameos from John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy, to their return to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, check out the Wolfpack on their final journey together. »
The Hangover Part III held its European premiere at London's Empire Leicester Square cinema this evening (May 22).
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham and director Todd Phillips all walked the red carpet as the final film in the Hangover trilogy begins its worldwide release roll out.
The Hangover Part III opens in cinemas on May 23.
> 'The Hangover Part III' debuts two new clips
Remember how The Hangover Part II was a lukewarm rehash of The Hangover, almost beat-for-beat the same story, with little originality? Todd Phillips evidently heard our complaints and has addressed them in The Hangover Part III, which is nothing like the first two and features no hangovers. It is barely a comedy. Heck, it's barely a movie. Our focus this time is Alan (Zach Galifianakis), the Kramer of the series, a man-child who is mentally unwell and perhaps mentally handicapped. His behavior has gotten more erratic lately, so his family and friends -- including the Wolf Pack, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Doug (Justin Bartha) -- gather to stage an intervention and send him to a rehab facility. What it is they...
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We can't imagine too many fans will be all kinds of emotional after officially saying farewell to the Wolfpack when The Hangover Part III hits theaters this weekend, but they may be surprised to learn that the filthy, foul-mouthed franchise actually does manage to lightly tug at the heartstrings during its 100-minute runtime. That's not to say you'll be begging your buddy for tissues as Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) find themselves in yet another crazy, far-fetched scenario that involves breaking into Mexican mansions and climbing down the front of Caesars Palace, but fans of the first (and best, in our opinion) Hangover will be delighted to see a familiar face return for part three: the baby. Yup, the little...
- Erik Davis
This weekend it all comes to an end as the "Hangover" franchise closes in grand fashion with "The Hangover, Part III" -- which might just be the best entry in the bunch. This installment sees the Wolfpack -- Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms), and Phil (Bradley Cooper) -- first travel to Tijuana and then to Las Vegas (the scene of the crime) in an attempt to get their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) back from a villainous mobster (played by John Goodman). We got to chat with Ed Helms about the movie while he was in Las Vegas for the junket. We're not sure what went down out there, because, as we all know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, although he did tell us what he wanted from the third installment, how his relationship with Zach's character evolved, and his thoughts about the end of the franchise. How's Vegas? »
- Drew Taylor
The Hangover Part III (sort of) ditches the formulaic setup of the first two installments, in favor of a more linear story revolving around Alan (Zach Galifianakis) who has been in a downward spiral since the sudden death of his father, Sid (Jeffrey Tambor). Alan’s dutiful brother-in-law Doug (Justin Bartha) recruits fellow “Wolfpack” members Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) to stage an intervention and convince Alan to seek treatment so that he can better himself, and his life.
Of course, what should be a simple road trip and drop-off is sidelined by the sudden appearance of a gangster named Marshall (John Goodman), who reveals to the Wolfpack that they have a mutual friend in one Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), who recently escaped from ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
This evening, London’s Leicester Square plays host to the third in The Hangover franchise aptly titled The Hangover Part III! Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham and Director Todd Phillips will all be in attendance and you can watch them all arrive and be interviewed on the live stream below.
We’ll also be there on the red carpet chatting to the stars as they walk on by about what it was like making the movie and their future projects. The live stream should begin at 18:00 and will end around 19.00 GMT.
The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
The Hangover lands in UK cinemas 24th May. »
- David Sztypuljak
The Hangover Part III will hold its European premiere at London's Empire Leicester Square cinema this evening (May 22).
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham and director Todd Phillips are due to walk the red carpet as the final film in the Hangover trilogy begins its worldwide release roll out.
Digital Spy has a live stream of the premiere, embedded above, which will commence at 6pm and run through until 7pm.
The Hangover Part III opens in cinemas on May 23.
> 'The Hangover Part III' interview: Wolfpack on comedy sequel
> 'The Hangover Part III' debuts two new clips
Photo gallery - 'The Hangover Part III' posters: »
With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Ken Jeong. In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character. As you might expect, chaos ensues. For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or check out over forty images. During the interview, Jeong talked about Chow's emotional journey, how the films have been getting darker, doing nude scenes, Chow's accent, what fans always want to quote back to him, filming in Las Vegas, preparing for his big stunt in Part 3, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Wolfpack return for a final time in the concluding instalment The Hangover Part III. Mentally troubled Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is accompanied by buddies Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) to an Arizona clinic. However, the gang find themselves trapped in a war between old adversary Mr Chow (Ken Cheong) and his Vegas nemesis John Goodman. »
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In 2009, The Hangover made itself known to the world. We haven’t been the same since meeting the Wolfpack of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) … fine, I’ll mention Doug (Justin Bartha) too. Everyone fell in love with these guys who were trying to remember what happened the night before in Las Vegas. In 2011, The Hangover Part II happened, and this time the boys were in Thailand … trying to remember what happened the night before. Sure, there were still some funny moments, but the repetitive nature of the film turned many off. It is now 2013, and the trilogy is coming to an end with The Hangover Part III. Director Todd Phillips definitely changed the story line from the first two films, but along with that he also created the least funny film of the trilogy. It’s almost like in his opinion, »
- Jeff Bayer
"Daring" isn't a word you would use very much to describe 2011's "The Hangover Part II," the disappointingly lazy, beat-for-beat rehash of the wild and wildly successful original "Hangover" from 2009.
And yet, here we are with "The Hangover Part III," which 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 because, well, it isn't exactly a comedy.
Sure, there are some outrageous lines and sight gags, mostly courtesy of Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, who function as central figures this time when, previously, a little bit of them went a long way. (This was also a potentially alienating decision.) But director and co-writer Todd Phillips signals early and often that he's much more interested than ever before in exploring matters of real consequence, »
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