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The Hangover Part III Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

The barfing stops. The migraine begins. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Nothing about this rote exercise feels remotely fresh. It's a re-tread of the 2009 original, sans the inspired lunacy.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety

    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, periodically pausing to trot out fan favorites for a curtain call.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Chris Packham

    With The Hangover Part III, director Todd Phillips continues to occupy an apt (and very lucrative) niche, casting rich, entitled fraternity dicks as underdog heroes beset by shrewish women, foreigners with funny accents, and even animals—often cute animals with big, dewy eyes.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    Young viewers looking for unbridled raunch will be sadly disappointed, and so will other moviegoers expecting more than a few wan chuckles. This picture is like a brightly colored balloon with all the comic air seeping out.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Director Todd Phillips has delivered a film so different from the first two, one could even ask if this is even supposed to be a comedy. I'm not saying it's an unfunny comedy wannabe; I'm saying it plays more like a straightforward, real-world thriller with a few laughs than a hard-R slapstick farce.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    You should stick around for the end credits because there's a Helms sight gag that's absolutely priceless. The movie could've used more laughs like that one.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Wolf Pack "threequel" has tons of danger, crude content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while The Hangover Part III deviates from the structure of the first two installments, it doesn't skimp at all on the over-the-top, R-rated raunch that defines the franchise. After a harrowing kidnapping, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) stumble into all manner of mishaps trying to rescue their pal, Doug (Justin Bartha). Expect tons of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), violence (guns, knives, animal cruelty), danger, alcohol and drug use, and sexual content (including scenes that show bare breasts and male genitals). While perhaps not quite as over the top as the last installment, this is still iffy for anyone except the most mature teens and adults.

  • Families can talk about how The Hangover movies depict drinking, drug use, and wild behavior. Is the film condoning or glorifying any of this?
  • How does The Hangover Part III differ from the prior Hangover films? How is it similar?
  • Talk about the friendships at the core of this series. Do the men seem like real pals? What would you endure to save a friend in danger?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Friendship is the franchise's underlying theme, but there's a conflict between the message to be true to your friends (especially when they're in trouble and need help) and the fact that loyalty leads people into dangerous situations.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Although they're always motivated by loyalty to their friend, the three main characters make very poor choices that lead them into dangerous -- sometimes criminal -- activities, including lying, breaking into homes, stealing, attempted kidnapping, and more.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Violent content includes a harrowing carjacking/kidnapping and several scenes in which criminals brandish handguns. Gangsters callously shoot each other and attack people with knives. Several men attempt to drug and abduct another man. Punching, falling off buildings, etc. Several scenes show people being cruel to animals, including a giraffe that meets a very unpleasant (and undeserved) end.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Many sexual references/suggestions. A few scenes feature brief glimpses of women in their underwear/possibly topless. Characters imitate masturbation/ejaculation. Sex talk/references. A flirtatious/sexual scene involving a lollipop. One character is a retired stripper. One unusual scene includes bare breasts and a naked man running around, his penis fully exposed.

  • language false5

    Language: Extensive swearing in almost every scene, mostly permutations of "s--t" and "f--k." Also "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several well-known car brands are visible, including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Maybach. A character prefers Tab sodas, and several of the guys like Dos Equis beer. Many famous Las Vegas hotels are shown prominently as the characters drive through the town, and an important scene is staged at Caesar's Palace.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer and wine in bars and at meals in several scenes. Some people also smoke cigarettes; one smokes a cigar. While no drug use is shown, several sequences have strong drug references (especially to cocaine) -- and the whole premise of the Hangover franchise is people getting drugged and forgetting about their actions.

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