The Hangover (film series)

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The Hangover
The Hangover Trilogy DVD cover.jpg
Cover art for the DVD box set
Directed by Todd Phillips
Produced by
Written by
Music by Christophe Beck
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
Country United States
Language English
Budget $218 million
Box office $1.42 billion

The Hangover is a series of three American comedy films created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Todd Phillips. All three films follows 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 their mission to find their missing friend, the first two films focus on the events following a night of debauchery moments before a party in Las Vegas and Bangkok; where as the third and final film involves a road trip and a kidnapping in lieu of a bachelor party, with each film the friends try to deal with the aftermath of their antics while being humiliated and occasionally physically beaten up at each turn.[1]


The Hangover (2009)[edit]

The Hangover tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price and Alan Garner, who 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.

Screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott 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] director Todd Phillips and Jeremy Garelick rewrote the script to include a tiger as well as a subplot involving a baby and a police cruiser, and also including boxer Mike Tyson.[4] Filming took place in Nevada for 15 days.[5]

The Hangover Part II (2011)[edit]

In The Hangover Part II, 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 bad hangover with no memories of the previous night, which once again has someone lost, this time Stu's future brother-in-law, as Phil, Stu and Alan search for him in Bangkok.

Warner Bros. hired Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong to write a sequel to the The Hangover in April 2009, two months before the film was released after a trailer brought down the house at ShoWest.[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]

Two years after The Hangover Part II, 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. Fortunately, Phil, Stu, and Doug are there to make sure Alan takes the first step. This time, there is no bachelor party and wedding, but things still go awry when the Wolfpack hits the road.

Todd 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 abroad 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
Philip "Phil" Wenneck Bradley Cooper
Stuart "Stu" Price Ed Helms
Alan Garner Zach Galifianakis
Douglas "Doug" Billings Justin Bartha
Leslie Chow Ken Jeong
Jade Heather Graham   Heather Graham
Black Douglas "Doug" Mike Epps   Mike Epps
Tyler / Carlos Grant Holmquist
Avery Holmquist
  Grant Holmquist
Sidney "Sid" Garner Jeffrey Tambor
Linda Garner Sondra Currie
Tracy Garner-Billings Sasha Barrese
Stephanie Wenneck Gillian Vigman
Lauren Price-Srisai   Jamie Chung
Melissa Rachael Harris  
Mike Tyson Himself  
Edward "Eddie" / Samir Bryan Callen  
Kingsley   Paul Giamatti  
Theodore "Teddy" Srisai   Mason Lee  
Kimberly "Kimmy"   Yasmin Lee  
Marshall John Goodman
Cassandra "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
All time
The Hangover June 5, 2009 $44,979,319 $277,322,503 $190,161,409 $467,483,912 #81 #181 $35 million [15]
The Hangover Part II May 26, 2011 $85,946,294 $254,464,305 $332,300,000 $586,764,305 #98 #120 $80 million [16]
The Hangover Part III May 23, 2013 $41,671,198 $112,200,072 $249,800,000 $362,000,072 #529 #279 $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
The Hangover 79% (225 reviews)[18] 73 (31 reviews)[19] A[20]
The Hangover Part II 33% (233 reviews)[21] 44 (40 reviews)[22] A-[20]
The Hangover Part III 20% (188 reviews)[23] 30 (37 reviews)[24] B[20]


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  13. ^ Castagnino, Jon (October 27, 2012). "'Hangover 3' spotted filming in Las Vegas". KVVU-TV. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Stewart, Andrew (May 8, 2013). "‘The Hangover Part III’ Moves Up to May 23". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
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  22. ^ "The Hangover Part II". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
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  24. ^ "The Hangover Part III". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 

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