The Hangover (film series)

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The Hangover
The Hangover Trilogy DVD cover.jpg
Cover art for the DVD box set
Directed byTodd Phillips
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyLawrence Sher
Edited byDebra Neil-Fisher
Music byChristophe Beck
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$218 million
Box office$1.42 billion

The Hangover is a trilogy of American comedy films created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and directed by Todd Phillips. All three films follow the misadventures of a quartet of friends (also known as "the Wolfpack") who go on their road trip to attend a bachelor party. While all of the films finds three of the four men on a mission to find their missing friend, the first two films focus on the events, after the night of debauchery before a party in Las Vegas and Bangkok, whereas the third and final film involves a road trip and a kidnapping in lieu of a bachelor party. Each film in the series focuses on how the friends deal with the aftermath of their antics, while they are being humiliated and occasionally physically beaten up at every turn.[1] All three films were released from 2010 to 2014, and have grossed a collective total of $1.4 billion in the United States and worldwide.


The Hangover (2009)[edit]

Phil Wenneck, Stu Price and Alan Garner, travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate the impending marriage of their friend, Doug Billings. However, Phil, Stu, and Alan have no memory of the previous night's events and must find Doug before the wedding can take place.

Lucas and Moore wrote the script after hearing how a friend of executive producer Chris Bender went missing following his bachelor party in Las Vegas.[2] After Lucas and Moore sold it to Warner Bros. for $2 million,[3] Phillips and Jeremy Garelick rewrote the script to include a tiger, a subplot involving a baby and a police cruiser, and real-life boxer Mike Tyson.[4] Filming took place in Nevada for fifteen days.[5]

The Hangover Part II (2011)[edit]

Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug, travel to Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the previous film's bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu takes no chances and opts for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things do not go as planned, resulting in another hangover with no memories of the previous night. After losing Teddy, Stu's future brother-in-law, Phil, Stu and Alan search for him in Bangkok.

Warner Bros. hired Phillips and Scot Armstrong to write a sequel to The Hangover after a trailer brought down the house at ShoWest in April 2009, two months before the film was released.[6] The principal actors were cast in March 2010 to reprise their roles from the first film.[7] Production began in October 2010, in Ontario, California, before moving on location in Thailand.[8]

The Hangover Part III (2013)[edit]

Phil, Stu and Doug are happily living uneventful lives at home. The only member of the Wolfpack who is not content is Alan. Still lacking a sense of purpose, Alan has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses until the untimely death of his father forces him to finally re-evaluate his lifestyle and seek the help he needs. Phil, Stu and Doug are there to make sure Alan takes the first step. This time, Alan marries Cassandra, and resigns from The Wolfpack, but things still go awry when the Wolfpack hits the road.

Phillips first announced plans for a third film in May 2011, days before the release of The Hangover Part II.[9] Craig Mazin, who co-wrote Part II, was also brought on board in May to script the film.[10] The principal actors signed on in January 2012 and production began in September 2012 in Los Angeles, California, before moving to Nogales, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][11][12][13] The film was released on May 23, 2013.[14]


Character The Hangover The Hangover Part II The Hangover Part III
Phil Wenneck Bradley Cooper
Stu Price Ed Helms
Alan Garner Zach Galifianakis
Doug Billings Justin Bartha
Mr. Leslie Chow Ken Jeong
Sid Garner Jeffrey Tambor
Linda Garner Sondra Currie
Tracy Garner-Billings Sasha Barrese
Stephanie Wenneck Gillian Vigman
Jade Heather Graham   Heather Graham
Black Doug Mike Epps   Mike Epps
Tyler / Carlos Grant Holmquist   Grant Holmquist
Neeco Mike Vallely   Mike Vallely
Melissa Rachael Harris  
Dr. Valsh Matt Walsh  
Officer Franklin Rob Riggle  
Officer Garden Cleo King  
Mike Tyson Himself  
Eddie / Samir Bryan Callen  
Lauren Srisai-Price   Jamie Chung
Kingsley / Detective Peters   Paul Giamatti  
Teddy Srisai   Mason Lee  
Fong Srisai   Nirut Sirijanya  
Kimmy   Yasmin Lee  
Marshall John Goodman
Cassie   Melissa McCarthy
Drug-Dealing Monkey   Crystal the Monkey


Box office performance[edit]

Film U.S. release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Reference
Opening weekend North America Other territories Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
The Hangover June 5, 2009 $44,979,319 $277,322,503 $190,161,409 $467,483,912 #99 #229 $35 million [15]
The Hangover Part II May 26, 2011 $85,946,294 $254,464,305 $332,300,000 $586,764,305 #118 #293 $80 million [16]
The Hangover Part III May 23, 2013 $41,671,198 $112,200,072 $249,800,000 $362,000,072 #600 #343 $103 million [17]
Total $643,986,880 $772,261,409 $1,416,248,289 $218 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[18]
The Hangover 78% (236 reviews)[19] 73/100 (31 reviews)[20] A
The Hangover Part II 33% (240 reviews)[21] 44/100 (40 reviews)[22] A-
The Hangover Part III 20% (203 reviews)[23] 30/100 (37 reviews)[24] B


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