A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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