The Hangover (2009) is a comedy film directed by Todd Phillips (the maker of Old School and Starsky & Hutch). Four guys drive to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, and the bulk of the film deals with three of the friends (Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zack Galifinakis) trying to remember the events of the previous night while trying to track down the fourth - the groom - using clues they have on their person. Hilarity Ensues.The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), making it the first live-action "pure" comedy — one that was not a musical or a comedy/drama — to win the award since 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire.In 2011 The Hangover: Part II was released; it follows the three members of "The Wolfpack" from the first film as they wake up from another crazy night - this time, in Bangkok. The status of this film was in doubt due to a Frivolous Lawsuit over the use of Mike Tyson's tattoo by Helms, but Warner Bros. successfully got the lawsuit dismissed, and the film opened as scheduled.The Hangover: Part III was released in 2013, in time for Memorial Day. The Wolfpack make their way back to Vegas, this time they're not just cleaning up their own mess, but trying to survive an angry rival of Chow's who wants them to find his enemy - or else. The writers promise that it will be the end of the Hangover Trilogy.
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Distressed Dude: Subverted with Doug and Teddy in the first two films - the only danger they're in comes from it taking two days to find them in the isolated locations they're trapped in and not of any direct threats on their lives.
Played straight in the third film, as Doug is kidnapped and held hostage as incentive for the Wolfpack to track Chow down after he stole millions from Marshall.
Living Prop: Stephanie, Phil's wife, has one line in each film and is never named on screen. This applies even more so in Part II where she spends her brief screentime hovering silently at Phil's shoulder, and her one line comes amidst several characters speaking at the same time when Alan runs a speedboat aground and everyone is checking to make sure the guys are okay.
In the first film Alan takes a stun gun to the face, a crowbar to the face, and a Mike Tyson punch to the face, all within one day. Phil is tased in the crotch, attacked by Chow with a crowbar, clawed by a tiger and on the side of the car that gets T-Boned. Finally, Stu is tased in the neck, hit in the crotch with a crowbar and rips out his own tooth
In Part II all three guys are repeatedly beaten with a long stick of bamboo by a monk, and Phil gets shot in the friggin' arm but manages to get by fine with a few $6 stitches. Made of iron, indeed.
Oh so subverted. At first it looks like the events of last night couldn't ever be anything but this, but by the end of the movie, the characters have a pretty good idea of what they did, and it lives up. Played straight, as they never get to know where they found the chicken (a popular theory is that they tried to feed it to the tiger) or how the chair ended up on fire.
It's never been explained why Alan can't be within 200 feet of an elementary school or a Chuck E. Cheese, though this could be because he picks fights with children (see Man Child above). Zach Galifinakis says in the DVD commentary that Alan innocently tried to play with some children which of course looked suspicious to parents. It was all just a misunderstanding.
"What are you talking about? I've found a baby before."
In the second film, the guys somehow managed to start a riot, which brought out the police and left part of Bangkok in ruins.
The Smurfette Principle: All three lead characters are male and most secondary characters with substantial screentime such as Doug, Mr. Chou and Teddy are male too. The first film has more of a female presence since Jade (Heather Graham's character) gets a fairly big supporting role but her counterpart in Part II appears in only one scene and the only other female characters with more than a couple of lines are Tracy and Lauren.
Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female on Male: Subverted with Melissa, who is shrill and dominating over Stu, and has even beaten him twice over. When Stu actually calls her out on her unfair treatment, her reaction is along the lines of a "yeah, so what?" While it is Played for Laughs, she is acknowledged as unpleasant by the rest of the cast, and arguably the most pleasing aspect of the climax is Stu breaking up with her in a rather magnificent (yet slightly befuddled) manner.
Accidental Marriage: Because you can't have a party in Vegas without somebody taking a spontaneous trip down the aisle.
Chekhov's Gun: Or his ring, in this case. As soon as the Holocaust ring is introduced, you know something is going to happen to it. Stu uses it when he gets married to a hooker.
Also, the "This Door Locks Behind You" sign on the door to the roof was a pretty obvious sign that somebody was getting locked up there at some point - though by the time they found Doug, it had long been forgotten.
Alan's naked ass. When we thought it couldn't get any worse than that, a wrinkled, overweight old man gets a physical exam in front of the heroes, and we're subjected to a shot of his backside as well.
Even worse - his dick being sucked by an elderly woman in the credits.
Mr. Chow popping out of the trunk, totally naked, his already small penis obscured by a lion's-mane of pubic hair.
Phil waking up without a shirt on. Also when he wears that black suit.
Heather Graham whipping her tit out. Also all the naked women in the photos that play over the credits.
The numerous shots of women in their bikinis at the pool.
Finish Him!: The male cop screams this while goading a kid to taser Alan.
Genre Savvy: When the guys go to retrieve their car from the impound Stu says "Ten to one odds the car is beat to shit! Like fucked up beyond all recognition". Ultimately averted when the car turns out to be in perfect condition, though this changes later on.
Groin Attack: Phil gets zapped in the crotch during the tasering class.
Instant-Win Condition: Despite all the terrible, terrible consequences of all their activities in Vegas, when the main characters find Doug and return him (mostly) on time to the wedding, that's it, conflict over.
Of course, they did blackmail the cops into letting them go without jailtime or any records (but not without hilarious results), Mike Tyson forgives them for the tiger incident, Jade acknowledges the marriage as stupid and allows Stu to leave, and the Triads/Yakuza/Whatever the Hell a Korean Mafia is Called only wanted the money.
They even ended up winning 80,000 dollars that Doug managed to hold on to.
That money probably went to cover the damage to the hotel room.
And the car.
And possibly an "I'm sorry" gift for Doug's new bride.
Jerkass: Melissa and the cops who get their cruiser stolen by the Wolfpack.
Just Keep Driving: When they are taking the tiger back to Mike Tyson's house and they hit the bus, then stop the car in the middle of the road. None of the other vehicles bother to stop.
One Steve Limit: An important plot point is that there are two characters named Doug - a drug dealer who sold the roofies to Alan, and the lost groom. They wind up inadvertently rescuing the first Doug, who inspires a Eureka Moment, which leads to them finding Doug on the roof.
Ontological Mystery: Three friends wake up in a Vegas hotel room with serious hangovers and no memory of what happened last night. One of their friends is missing and there are signs of them having been involved in some kind of wild party. From there the rest of the film is about the trio investigating to figure out just what the hell happened.
Plot Armor: Among other things, how Doug survived spending 36 hours on the roof of a Vegas hotel without water and minimal shade.
Red Herring: You'd really think that Alan's comment about not being allowed within 200 feet of schools or Chuck-E-Cheeses was going to come back to haunt them later in the movie.
Stu's missing tooth might count. It seemed like it would be just as much of a clue as all the other weird stuff they found, but it turns out it doesn't have any relevance to finding Doug, Stu just pulled it out himself for a dare.
Not mention when they hear the banging in the trunk.
Sincerest Form of Flattery: By the end of the film, Alan's taken to mimicking Phil. When Phil realises this, as they wait for Stu so they can leave, his expression looks like a non-verbal Flat "What.".
Star-Making Role: Basically all three leads. Zack Galifianakis got the most immediate attention; Bradley Cooper got equal billing with Liam Neeson in the film version of The A-Team; Ed Helms has a number of lead comic roles in production and received an increased role on The Office.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Some viewers were preoccupied the entire movie with just the mystery of the chickens (which is never really resolved), a very minor detail.
We also never truly find out what landed Phil in the hospital.
In the credits, he's slapped by the tiger.
We never find out where the sword stuck into the couch came from either.
In the theatrical edit, there's also the matter of the trashed Mercedes. The Unrated version adds a scene just before Alan finds the camera, which reveals the car is a wedding gift to Doug and Tracy from Tracy's parents.
Black Comedy: Subverted with Phil and Stu's initial reaction being along the lines of Dude, Not Funny! to Alan using a plastic bottle to simulate an erection, but when a monkey starts nibbling on it, everybody bursts out laughing.
Phil's phone call to Tracy to tell her they've lost Doug gets one .
Phil: It happened again.
Tracy: Seriously, what is wrong with you three?
When the guys wake up and realize that they had another wild night, their initial reactions provide several call backs to the waking up in the first film, such as Stu asking about his teeth after Phil and Alan's shocked reactions to his new tattoo; and Alan immediately being asked if he roofied them again; and once they realize Stu's future brother-in-law is missing, one of the first places they check for him is the roof.
Chow jumps out of an icebox and, once again, begins beating on the three guys in Part II. Thankfully this time he is clothed.
Country Matters: Phil refers to Melissa as "a cunt", not that anyone can blame him.
Easily Forgiven: Alan in the second one. The Vegas incident can be attributed to his own ignorance rather than malice, but that excuse only works once. Not to mention they asked him if he did anything the second time, and he straight-up lied to them.
Alan:[With childlike glee in his voice] Ooooh, it's a monkey!
Fan Disservice: All the "girls" at the club turn out to be ladyboys, and while they prominently display breasts, they also have the male package down there. Then Stu finds out what he did with one of them the night before.
Filk Song: Stu turns Billy Joel's "Allentown" into "Alan Town" ("Well, we're living here in Alantown, and he's driven our lives into the ground...").
Fingore: Teddy loses a finger (all in good fun though, as he was playing five-finger fillet with a bowie knife and after severing the finger on a misaimed thrust the group plays with the detached digit).
Funny Background Event: After Alan runs the speedboat aground and it eventually comes to a stop to the side of the wedding, he can be seen dropping the anchor on dry land.
Hope Spot: Kingsley uses Teddy as insurance that the guys get Chow to complete their "business transaction". Then when the deal happens it turns out those guys don't actually have Ted, it was just a sting operation and Chow gets arrested.
Karma Houdini: It turns out that, as opposed to the first film, Alan deliberately roofied everyone, even if he was only targeting Teddie, which really doesn't make it any better. Other than the others getting mad with him for about a minute, there are no repercussions.
And two counts for when Stu slept with Kimmy, a kathoey (transgender woman) prostitute. One since, as Stu was clearly wasted and couldn't give informed consent, Kimmy raped him. Two since, even though Stu was wasted, the incident is quickly brushed over and he goes on to marry his fiancee without telling her the truth, or even getting tested for a quite possible STD.
Recycled in Bangkok: It's pretty much the same movie, except in Bangkok, and with a different groom missing.
Scandalgate: Mike Tyson's tattoo artist threatened to block the release of Part II after he claimed copyright over the facial tattoo Stu gets in the movie; this was dubbed "Tattoogate" by the media. Had this been released before the lawsuit was filed, Tyson himself recommending that Stu remove his tattoo at the end of the film would really be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
Shaggy Dog Story: Played straighter in Part II than in Part I- Teddy was in the elevator on his way to get ice for his severed finger, when the power went out a minute after Phil and Alan woke up. If the trio had figured that out there and then before going back to the resort, they would've just needed to explain Stu's tattoo and get Teddy to a hospital, instead of getting dragged into Chow's dealings.
Sequel Goes Foreign: The Hangover: Part II takes place in Thailand and includes the characters lampshading the fact that the same circumstances happened in a foreign country.
Trailers Always Spoil: TV ads that ran the week Part II was released featured heavily the "Time in a Bottle" elevator scene, so when Chow dies 30 minutes in, you're pretty sure it's not going to stick.
The Tyson Zone: The Trope Namer asks to see the photos of the Wolf Pack's wild night by saying "I'm Mike Tyson. Nothing surprises me." And he still reacts to the pictures with a cry of "Motherfuck!"
The Voiceless: The elderly man in the wheelchair. At first they're confused as to why he doesn't speak, and why he's wearing Teddy's hoodie note The hoodie was given to the monk by Teddy the previous night when they were rioting at a bar, prompting the police to fire teargas at them, so the elderly man wouldn't be subjected to it. Which also explains why he had all of Teddy's wallet contents on him, such as ID cards, but then they learn he's a monk who has taken a vow of silence, and not even the other monks would be able to get him to speak.
What Could Have Been: Mel Gibson was originally supposed to have a cameo as a tattoo artist, but Word Of God states that this fell through after cast and crew objected to his involvement. The role then went to Cooper's The A-Team co-star Liam Neeson was then cast in the role, and the scene was filmed, until the scene required re-shooting with new expository dialogue after some editing. Neeson was unavailable for the reshoot due to scheduling conflicts, so the entire scene was shot with Nick Cassavetes in the role.
And the Adventure Continues: The Stinger has Alan, Cassie, and Phil wake up in a trashed hotel room, hungover and confused the night after Alan & Cassie's wedding. Stu emerges from the bathroom with breast implants and Alan remembers that the wedding cake was a gift from Chow, who emerges from the next room naked, laughing and swinging a samurai sword.
Artifact Title: The Hangover: Part III ditches the set-up of the first two films, and doesn't have the Wolfpack retracing a wild night they can't remember until The Stinger.
Phil makes a joke about Stu getting tested for any disease from the face tattoo, though he is obviously making jokes about Stu's encounter with the hooker in Bangkok.
Before the third film ends, there is a shot of the Wolfpack walking together to Alan's wedding as they've done in the past.
Chekhov's Gunman: In the first movie, when Stu was explaining to Black Doug that he gave Alan the roofies instead of ecstasy, he claimed someone named Marshall will get mad at him for it. Marshall shows up in Part III.
Clucking Funny: Chows cock-fighting roosters that attack the Wolfpack, they are fed nothing but cocaine and chicken.
Covers Always Lie: The movie poster that parodies the Harry Potter poster shows Las Vegas on fire. The city is fine in the movie.
Creator Cameo: Todd Phillips is the guy paying the prostitute that Chow parachutes by.
Darker and Edgier: Part III is this to Part II (which was this to the original). Part III includes four onscreen human deaths (three of them murders), a plot involving Phil, Stu and Alan trying to drug Chow to deliver him to a gangster in return for Doug and a lot of animals dying in gruesome ways.
Genre Shift: See Darker and Edgier. Many critics were puzzled by how violent and action-oriented the movie is, to the point where some where wondering if it was even supposed to be a comedy.
Grand Finale: To hammer the point home, several of the movie posters just have "It Ends" for the tagline, except for the group poster, which has "The End", and the poster that homages Harry Potter, which has "It All Ends".
Headphones Equal Isolation: Part III has a shot of Alan, smugly listening to music through some headphones, as his father dies from a heart attack in the background.
Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: This happens to Alan's dad, Sid Garner, courtesy of Alan giving him a heart attack when he hauls a giraffe onto a highway with his car, only to have it graphically decapitated by an overpass. This also ends up sending the entire plot into motion.
Take That, Critics!: The Stinger is one to everyone who complained how unbelievable it was that the Wolfpack had a second wild night they couldn't remember in Part II.
The Stinger: The Wolfpack wakes up after yet another wild night they can't remember.
Wire Dilemma: Stu and Chow have to cut the same wire on two panels of a security system at the same time to disable it, but Chow is colorblind and dyslexic.