Critical Reaction: “The Hangover: Part III” (PODCAST)

In 2009, The Hangover went from sleeper hit to worldwide blockbuster, becoming the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time and jumpstarting the careers of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis. Crude, outrageous, and absurd, The Hangover was a breath of comedy fresh air. The Hangover: Part II, not so much. Trying to replicate the original’s success, Part II bombed hard critically in summer 2011 by being nothing but a “do-over” of its predecessor. While the film still managed to take in over $200 million at the domestic box office, Part II left a very, very bad taste in many fans’ mouths. Now here we are two years later and The Hangover: Part III, despite changing up the formula, has done the same thing and then some: it has tarnished the reputation of the Wolf Pack so severely we’re not even sure we can call the original such a milestone anymore. After fizzling out over Memorial Day Weekend with an underwhelming $50 million 4-day haul (Fast 6 grossed $120 by comparison), it seems many fans are also over the Wolf Pack. So what the hell happened? How did a breakthrough R-rated comedy become a cautionary tale of what not to do to a movie franchise? In our latest critical podcast, Zack Sharf and Mike Murphy debate the latest Hangover movie and the franchise’s legacy:



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