The Hangover Part III

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Wolf Pack "threequel" has tons of danger, crude content.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive 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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

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

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

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

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.

Drinking, Drugs & 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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written bywillowtrees11 May 24, 2013
Parent Written byDan G. May 27, 2013

Reduces human life to just something to snuff out for fun and laughs

Very violent film, but worse because the lethal violence against animals and humans (the message seems to be there is not difference) is portrayed as just anoth... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byUnknownpearson May 26, 2013

The funniest hang over

The best hangover yet jus so cool 2009-2013 it's awsome nice . The funniest ever.even it's funny it's innapropriate .a man runs around naked Edi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMovieMan626 October 10, 2013

The Hangover Part III is flawed but amusing

It is no secret that The Hangover's plotline could be stretched no further. The Hangover Part II was proof. At least Part III mixes it up a bit. Is it good... Continue reading

What's the story?

After an unnerving pileup on the Los Angeles freeway triggered by a giraffe (yes, you read that correctly), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Doug (Justin Bartha) find themselves driving the fourth member of their quartet, Alan (Zach Galifianakis), to a rehab facility in Arizona. Suddenly they're forced off the road and kidnapped by a gangster (John Goodman), who demands they track down an old friend who may have hidden millions in stolen gold. The gang is forced into the mysterious underworld of Tijuana, and then it's back to their old stomping grounds, Las Vegas, where they careen from one crazy escapade to another. Heather Graham returns as a retired stripper, and Melissa McCarthy appears in a role that reveals an entirely new side of Alan.

Is it any good?

Here's the biggest takeaway from THE HANGOVER PART III: It's better than Part II. Better pacing, better storytelling, even better camera work in some cases. (There's a fantastic bit involving a parachute that showcases Las Vegas' glory.) That said, it's still nowhere near as funny as the original Hangover, a bromance that expanded the definition of the buddy movie and gave us an uneasy but potent mix of outrageous hilarity. There aren't as many seriously funny moments in the Wolf Pack third outing (though there are some) and too many attempts to characterize what's actually morbid and dreary -- a son's response to his father's death, for instance, and the smothering of an animal -- as comical. (There's actually more than one joke about killing an animal -- not funny, for the record.)

And the franchise is showing its age; the whole enterprise just seems duller, even the usually ridiculous Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Nonetheless, the Hangover films have always managed to uncover an essential truth about bromances, and this one's no exception. The chemistry is palpable among the leads, and capturing that onscreen is a fitting final tribute.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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