5 Reasons Hangover Part III is Tanking at the Box Office

5 Reasons Hangover Part III is tanking at the box office

The Hangover Part III was meant to be the epic finish to a trilogy of drunken movies that took the public by storm, beginning with The Hangover and then its twin sister Hangover Part II. Unfortunately, the meant to be epic ending to The Hangover trilogy has left many disappointed and it shows in the numbers at the box office. The Hangover Part III is tanking at the box office and probably for good reasons when you really take a good, long, hard, look at it. Here are 5 reasons Hangover Part III is tanking at the box office:

  1. The actors look bored. According to many reviews all over the internet one of the biggest reasons the Hangover Part III is tanking at the box office is because of the acting. This isn’t to say the actors in the movie aren’t good actors but they just look bored according to critics. “I’m sure much of Cooper’s involvement is just due to him paying some respect to the franchise that rocketed him to success he is currently enjoying.” “Ed Helms and Justin Bartha are back, too, but I couldn’t care less about them, either. In fact, the whole cast is dull and uninteresting.”Cooper and Helms go through the paces, but it’s clear they are here only for their paychecks”
  2. The Hangover Part III was meant to be funny and it just isn’t funny. According to critics the movie was dark, had hardly any jokes and is witless. “This is a smug, witless picture that makes you feel like you’ve been had — at least until that great bit over the end credits shows up, and you go home wondering how that movie might have turned out.”
  3. It didn’t follow the plot that made The Hangover such a success and gave The Hangover Part II its redeeming quality. The plot for The Hangover Part III has no wild bachelor parties, bouts of amnesia, or absurdist humor. What actually is happening in The Hangover Part III is a series of chases through Mexico and eventually Las Vegas to try and get back a mobster’s loot or die. The main focus isn’t even on “The Wolfpack” it is actually on Jeong who owes the mobster.
  4. It is too much of Ken Jeong’s character Chow. Critics are saying that they almost took the jokes with Chow too far. “His seething hatred for man and beast (“Make sure you kill the guard dogs,” he insists at one point) is so venomous it smacks of some kind of warped integrity.” Some critics have even said because of this that the movie is a comedy for sociopaths. For example, the movie begins with a giraffe getting hit by a car on the highway and a decapitation.
  5. More people wanted to see Fast and Furious 6. Unfortunately, The Hangover Part III came out around the same time as some other great movies which really put it behind at the box office. And because of the nature of the movie and its lack of humor of course everyone would rather see something else other than this mess up.

Unfortunately for the The Hangover Part III the ending was not as epic as they intended. The one good part of The Hangover Part III according to critics and obviously by looking at the box office; is that it’s over.





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Hangover Movie: Dude, Where’s My Car

Dude Wheres My Car

“The Hangover” movie series has reigned supreme the last couple years as the ultimate going out, getting wasted and can’t remember what happened movies. The story and plot lines in these movies are not unique in themeselves and have been rehashed over and over again.

A few years ago another hangover movie – Dude, Where’s My Car was another hangover cult classic.

‘Dude, Where’s My car’ premiered in 2000 and was an instant classic for teenagers everywhere who were into the party scene. Probably similar to the same older generation that now enjoys the Hangover movies. The entire plot of dude where’s my car is going to seem very familiar to the hangover movies too that are so popular today.

“Two potheads wake up from a night of partying and can’t remember where they parked their car.” Just like in The Hangover when a group of guys awaken from a hard night of partying and can’t remember what happened.

If you assumed that the rest of this movie plot includes antics and interesting characters on the journey to finding their car again – then you would be right! The main characters are two “potheads” (played by Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) whom are trying to find their car. This hangover movie begins with a…wait for it… HANGOVER after having a wild party the night before. Ashton and Sean wake up to find the house trashed and people sleeping on the lawn. The unfortunate thing is that they are not in their house they are in their girlfriend’s house which if I may add happens to be hot twins.

Hard night of partying. Check.

Can’t remember what happened. Check.

Hot girls. Check.

Do you see the pattern here?

This movie includes dogs getting stoned, a sexy scene including Kristy Swanson who plays “Christie Boner” and even aliens.

Ashton who plays Jesse and Sean who plays Chester pretty much are idiots and all they know is Jesse’s car is gone and they encounter a transsexual stripper who wants his/her suitcase of stolen money, a group of alien-seeking nerds and an angry street gang. Their girlfriends Wilma and Wanda are upset (for lack of a curse word) that they trashed their house. Mind you the whole time they must find a “continuum transfuctioner” (a mystical device that could either save or destroy the world) while trying to not be duped by a group of jumpsuit-wearing, sexy-as-hell, aliens posing as humans want it.

Sound ridiculous enough? Well it gets more ridiculous.

This movie glorifies smoking pot and getting wasted. In fact I can remember watching this movie as teenager and thinking how badass it all was and how hot Ashton Kutcher was. Truth is eventually you grow up and you realize life is not in the slightest bit like the ridiculous comedic hangover movies they shove in our faces. While this movie is certainly hilarious it’s definitely not productive or filled with tons of brain enhancing or memory boosting scenes.

This hangover movies is slapstick stupid comedy at it its best.

Don’t drink and drive my friends!


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Hangover Movie: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Hangover Movie: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is a classic hangover movie that every college kid and stoner has seen. It is very much a remake on the very classic Cheech and Chong movies with its ridiculous antics, drug use, sex, and drinking.

Harold Lee and Kumar Patel play the parts of two stoners who end up getting the munchies and decide they want to go to White Castle. Harold is the more introverted awkward character and Kumar is the more outgoing and spontaneous one setting this hangover movie up for some interesting situations. Harold and Kumar’s journey to find a White Castle because of the relocation of the old one; turns into an entire movie.

Harold and Kumar set out to get White Castle and in the process of trying to get some delicious hamburgers to satisfy their munchies, Harold gets bitten by an animal and ends up in the hospital. After getting out of the hospital Harold and Kumar continue their hunt for White Castle and then the car breaks down. After their car breaks down they meet a nice man named Randy who takes them with him to his house to fix their car. At Randy’s house, Randy offers to let Harold and Kumar sleep with his beautiful wife Liane. After this debacle, Harold and Kumar end up picking up a hitch-hiker, who when they stop at a gas station steals their car. So now Harold and Kumar are walking and end up jay walking. After jay walking they get stopped by a police officer who just likes to pick on minorities and ends up arresting Harold and holding him in a cell. Harold and Kumar escape and both run to hid in the bush and come face to face with a cheetah. And the antics go on and on.

Eventually Harold and Kumar find themselves at a raging party that they stop by for a minute and they also in the end make it to White Castle after being up all night losing their car, walking, hitting a party and going through everything they have to get it. While at White Castle the hitchhiker returns the car. And while Harold and Kumar are eating the White Castle it is an epic moment for them because what was supposed to be a quick trip to White Castle had turned into an all-night debacle of sex, drugs, music, and drinking. The classic hangover movie: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

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Hangover Movie: Strange Brew

Hangover Movie Strange Brew

Hangover Movie: Strange Brew

Strange Brew is a Canadian comedy that was made in 1983. Strange Brew stars Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis who were also co-directors of the movie. The majority of the film was shot in Southern Ontario.

The Plot of Hangover Movie: Strange Brew

Two brothers without jobs, Bob and Doug, put a mouse in a beer bottle hoping to blackmail a local beer store so they could get free beer but they are told to take the matter up with the actual brewery instead. After giving the bottle to management at the brewery the brothers are given jobs on the bottling line inspecting bottles for mice.

In the meantime, the evil Brewmeister Smith is planning to take over the world by placing a mind-control drug in his beer. The mind control drug makes the consumer docile but also makes him or her attack others when stimulated by certain musical tones.

Bob and Doug slowly learn that the former owner of the brewery died under mysterious circumstances and that the former owner’s daughter has been given full control of the brewery. While exploring the brewery they discover that it was Brewmeister Smith who murdered the former owner and that the former owner’s brother was involved. Bob and Doug manage to get a floppy disk video of the former owner’s murder by the Brewmeister Smith. Smith catches them and tranquilizes them hoping to frame them for murder, the murder of the former owner’s daughter and a man named Henry Green. Brewmeister smith does this by putting the daughter and Henry in kegs in the van along with Bob and Doug and then sabotages the van to crash into a lake. The van crashes but everyone survives.

Bob and Doug go to trial and the judge rules them insane and puts them under Brewmeister Smith at the asylum. Eventually they escape and find out Brewmeister’s plan. A ghost tells the brothers that Brewmesiter has already shipped a tainted beer to Oktoberfest and the brothers stop the beer from being drunk by going to Oktoberfest.

Throughout the entire movie it is drunken antics and beer. Of course the entire hangover movie is set in a brewery. It is a story of two crazy drunk brothers who eventually end up saving the day. Bob and Doug save the day and as for the contaminated beer they stopped from being handed out at Oktoberfest they haul away and drink it all.

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Hangover Movie: Fight Club

Hangover Movie Fight Club

Hangover Movie: Fight Club

Fight Club is one of my favorite movies of all time. It was released in theaters in 1999, and since then, it has garnered a cult following of epic proportions. Fight Club was one of the most controversial and talked-about films of the 1990s. Some loved it, some hated it, but everyone talked about it.

Fight Club stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton plays the unnamed “everyman” protagonist, and the movie starts off with him trying to get relief from his insomnia. His doctor refuses to give him medication and instead directs him to go to a support group, saying “You wanna see pain? Swing by First Methodist Tuesday nights. See the guys with testicular cancer. That’s pain.”

When Norton’s character starts to attend support groups, and is able to fool the other members into thinking that he is a fellow victim. In the groups, he finds an emotional release that relieves his insomnia. He begins to attend more groups, but his insomnia cure stops working when he realizes that there is another faker in the groups-Marla (played by Helena Bonham Carter). Eventually, he negotiates with her so they are never in the same group.

On a business trip, Norton’s character meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). When he returns home from the trip and finds that there was an explosion that destroyed his apartment, he calls Tyler. The two meet for a beer and Norton’s character ends up moving into Durden’s rundown, filthy house.  That same night, Durden invites Norton’s character to hit him, and the two get into a fistfight outside the bar. They continue to fight in the parking lot, and eventually attract a group of men. The group ends up forming a “fight club” in the basement of the bar.

One night, Marla calls Norton’s character saying she has overdosed on pills. Norton’s character sets the phone down, and Durden picks it up. The two start up a sexual relationship. Under Tyler’s direction, the guys in the fight club become the anti-materialist and anti-corporate organization called “Project Mayhem”.

I won’t ruin the ending for those who haven’t seen it, but suffice it to say that what follows is a mind bending series of events that calls into question morality, anti-establishment dogma, and nihilism as a lifestyle. Norton’s character tries to change his life by becoming free of the corporate and societal obligations that weigh him down. The violence is portrayed as a way for 30-somethings to feel in a society where they are otherwise numb. Fight Club plays on the frustration that is common in the “lost” generation, generation X. As Tyler Durden puts it:

“I see all this potential, and I see squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

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Hangover Movie: Old School

Hangover Movie - Will Ferrell

Hangover Movie: Old School

Parties, drinking, and college life is the back drop for the Hangover Movie, “Old School”. Only difference between this college life and reality is that the main characters are well out of college and much older. Old school stars Luke Wilson as Mitch Martin, Juliette Lewis as Heidi, Vince Vaughn as Bernard and Will Ferrell as Franks.

The movie begins with Mitch, Luke Wilson, breaking up with his girlfriend. In the midst of this breakup he goes house hunting and finds a house located near the campus of the fictional school Harrison University. The first big party of scene of this hangover movie is thrown by Mitch’s friends Bernard and Frank (Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell). Frank ends up streaking through the neighborhood and Mitch ends up making a fool of himself in front of an old friend Nicole (Ellen Pompeo).

When Mitch wakes up from this party he realizes that he slept with an underage girl who is played by Elisha Cuthbert. Soon after Mitch gets himself together he meets the dean of students at the college who is onto Mitch and his friend’s antics. So Mitch makes the house he is living in a fraternity for the college. From this point forward it is just a mess of drunken parties, failing marriages, and hilarious jokes. Eventually the dean tries to revoke the fraternity’s charter. Towards the end of the movie the dean’s attempt to get rid of Mitch and his friends fails because he ends up getting fired due to a bribery scandal.

In the end everything works out and Mitch ends up with the girl from the very beginning, Nicole. Mitch and Bernard leave the fraternity they started and Frank who has now lost his marriage due to his incessant drinking decides to stay on as an authority figure for the fraternity.

College is the place for parties and this is one of the classic stories of college binge drinking. It is almost socially acceptable to be binge drinking in college and this is a perfect example of it. Except the men in this movie are older, are married, and have kids. It shows the consequences due to drinking but it also is one of the slapstick funny comedies that only Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan, and Luke Wilson could do. This is the perfect example of drunken nights, crazy antics, and their consequences.

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Hangover Movie: Dazed and Confused

Hangover Movie Dazed and Confused

Hangover Movie: Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused premiered in theaters on 1993. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors including Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Ben Affleck, Mila Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Nicky Katt, and Rory Cochrane.

Dazed and Confused opens at a Texas suburban high school in 1976 on the last day of school. The future seniors are getting ready to haze the incoming freshmen. Also, the star of the football team, Randall Floyd, is asked to sign a pledge not to take drugs over the summer or do anything that would look bad for the school.

The seniors haze the freshman boys by catching them and spanking them with wooden paddles that are made especially for the occasion.  Freshman Mitch Kramer escapes the hazing when Carl’s mom pulls a shotgun on senior Fred O’Bannion (played by Ben Affleck), but he is later cornered at his baseball game, and violently paddled.

The freshman girls are hazed too, but their hazing consists more of humiliation than physical punishment. They are rounded up in the school parking lot by the senior girls, who cover them in flour, ketchup and raw eggs. The girls then are put in dog collars and are led over to senior boys and told to propose to them.

Later, everyone starts gearing up for a big party at senior Kevin Pickford’s house. Plans are foiled when Kevin gets a keg delivered before his parents are even at the door. Instead, students loiter around the Emporium, listen to rock music, cruise the neighborhood and stop at the hamburger drive-in. Eventually, they all meet up at an impromptu keg party at in a field under the moon tower. Mitch Kramer smokes pot and drinks for the first time.

Towards the end of the night, Floyd goes to the football field with a bunch of friends to smoke pot on the fifty yard line. They are caught by local police and the football coach who lectures Floyd about hanging out with losers. The coach again pressures Floyd to sign the pledge. Floyd says he may play football, but again refuses to sign the pledge. Mitch Kramer stumbles into his house at dawn, and his mother warns him against coming home that late again.

Dazed and Confused was well received by critics, but its original earnings at the box office were somewhat disappointing. However, the movie later became a cult movie classic and made a lot of money through the sale of DVDs.

Dazed and Confused isn’t really about anything. There’s no serious plot line. It’s basically just a comedy; a coming of age film. It’s more like a party movie, and there isn’t much structure. It’s more like an anthropological look at these uniquely American rites of passage. The movie has been praised for its reflection of American culture and its eclectic soundtrack. If you haven’t seen Dazed and Confused, I would highly recommend it. This is one of the funniest movies to come out in the last 20 years.

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Hangover Movie: Love and Other Drugs

Love and other drugs

Hangover Movie: Love and Other Drugs

This picture can best be summed up as a kind of old fashioned romance falling in love story that touches your emotions as you feel the couples Jamie (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and Maggie’s (played by Anne Hathaway) growing pains of trust, sickness and feel good pleasure.

Set in the mid 1990’s when the economy was booming you have Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) who’s a young playboy from a well to do family and his biggest love in life is going to bed with hot young females. Then Jamie decides to get a little bit more power hungry when he becomes a pharmaceutical sales rep. He’s taken under the arms of an ego driven boss Bruce (Oliver Platt) and the catch and sale of the game is for Jamie to use his charm and good looks to help sell medicine like Zoloft and Viagra. Plus his connection with a cocky Dr. Knight (Hank Azaria) helps his climb and profile in the drug selling world too! Now that Jamie has become a hotshot pharmaceutical rep he now meets his match in one of Knight’s patients that being the sassy and witty sharp tongued free spirited sexy Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway) as you can see a lot of adjectives to describe her. Only blemish with the beautiful Maggie is that she has stage one Parkinson’s disease. Never mind these hot young attractive singles hit it off perfect as this quickly becomes a relationship of no strings attached lust bedroom making very hot passionate sex.

Yet as the charms of Jamie continues to go both for Maggie and his business he unexpectedly starts to have feelings for Maggie has he finally met his match can he charm the stubborn sex magnet Maggie? Soon after the feelings between the two arise, Maggie’s condition begins to get worse and Jamie goes on a long hunt to find a cure for her Parkinson’s disease with no avail. And of course there is an ending that fits right in with the romantic cliché’. Something bad happens they split up and then have to go chasing each other down again.

The film is blended well with both comedy and drama as Jamie’s slob geek overweight brother Josh(Josh Gad) provides laughs trying to score and it’s fun seeing he’s addicted to watching internet porn and sex tapes. Plus the scene of Jamie’s boner from taking the Viagra pill was downright funny. Still Maggie is a serious go getter by traveling even to Canada to Parkinson support groups in the search for new cures and ways of living with the disease.

Either way you look at it Love and Other drugs is a great movie that is different than most romantic comedies. It’s real, funny, witty, and sad at times.

More Hangover Movies You Might Like.

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Hangover Movie: Reality Bites

Hangover Movie Reality Bites

Hangover Movie Review: Reality Bites- Movie of a Lost Generation

Reality Bites (1994) focuses on the lives of four recent college graduates who drink, smoke, and sleep around. It’s a movie about the life and love in the post-Baby Boom generation.

Reality Bites opens with a speech in which the college valedictorian Lelaina (Winona Ryder) expresses her general dissatisfaction with the world. Her last words to the friends, parents, and fellow graduates listening to her speech are “There is no answer.” That vague angst is the most consistent plot theme in the film.  Lelaina and her three buddies Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy (Steve Zahn), and Troy (Ethan Hawke) have worthless jobs; play drinking games, and look for love. Lelaina and Troy have feelings for each other, but they haven’t acted on them besides one drunken encounter. Lelaina meets Michael Grates (Ben Stiller-also director of the film) who is production executive at a MTV-like television channel. The two start dating, and a predictable love triangle ensues. A lot of the film features the characters opining about their love lives, slacker friends, and their annoying parents.

Reality Bites has been criticized for its cinematography and soundtrack. It’s filmed as a documentary-in-progress, which does a little to explain the strange camera angles and poor framing. The whiny pop-songs, however, are perhaps less excusable.

Reality Bites has long been hailed as the anthem of Generation X. Most movies that represent this generation feature bored 20-somethings with no direction, no real ambition, and no desire to start a career, home, or family.  The youth of this era would rather waste time philosophizing than do anything productive. Generation X was creative, cynical, overeducated, looking for love in all the wrong places and tired of being told they’re over privileged whiners who don’t know what real problems are. Generation X witnessed the rise of the yuppies and the burst of the dot-com bubbles. Situated in between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, Generation X is largely ignored these days. During the 90’s, though, Generation X had a brief moment in the spotlight. Dozens of movies like Reality Bites were released, showcasing the underemployed, overeducated, and hopeless Gen X-ers. This is the generation that refused to grow up. The ones who swore they would not end up like their parents. This is the first generation to say to their parents “We don’t want what you have.”

By all accounts, they didn’t get it. This is the first generation to make less than their parents did, reversing a historic trend. Between the Baby Boomers making headlines for every new stage of life they enter and the millenials Facebook-ing, Tweeting, and YouTube-ing everything they do, Gen X toils away in relative ignominy. New studies suggest, however, that this generation is relatively happy, family-oriented, and balanced, dispelling the stereotype of the materialistic, disenfranchised, and lazy youth born in the early 60’s to the early 80’s. So perhaps, there is an answer and maybe even some hope for the Gen-Xers after all.

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