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YMMV: The Hangover
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Alan a Millstone, a Psychopathic Man Child, or is he a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold?
  • Base Breaker:
    • Leslie Chow is either the most hilarious character or the most annoying character in the trilogy, depending on who you ask. When it comes to the sequels, you can also add people who think he's funny, but not funny enough to warrant the increased screen time in each sequel.
    • Alan is either the funniest character in the series, only funny in small doses or is the most annoying character of the films.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Stu's "What Do Tigers Dream Of?" musical number.
  • Critical Dissonance: Part II was largely panned by critics, but it was successful at the box office, outgrossing the original (in more than one way). Part III has an even more negative reception than II, but still managed to have the second highest opening weekend for an R-rated comedy film.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A cop (played by six-and-a-half foot tall Marine, Rob Riggle) kicking in the door, pointing a gun, and screaming "SHUT THAT BABY UP!" - This would only allude to later on, in which he is outright leading kids to hit the three with tasers. The hysterical laughter and goading as it all happens leaves you wondering just how these guys "serve and protect".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The soundtrack has an impressive hip-hop collection for a movie that does not specifically revolve around hip-hop.
    • 'What do Tigers dream of when they take a little Tiger snooze?' It's beautiful.
    • The Dan Band's version of Fifty Cent's "Candy Shop".
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Most of Part III for some people, particularly the giraffe getting decapitated and Chow killing chickens.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Candy Shop" by The Dan Band.
    • The Flo Rida songs on the end credits too ("Right Round" on the original, "Turn Around" for the sequel).
    • "We're the three best friends that anyone could have, we're the three best friends that anyone could have..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Lesley Chow, hence each sequel giving more screen time & relevance to the film than the previous.
    • The Dan Band has certainly gotten a good many fans from this film. Doubles as a One-Scene Wonder.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many fans were rooting for Jade and Stu to stay together in the end of the first movie and were disappointed to see Stu was married to someone else in the second.
    • To an extent, Chow and Alan's Ho Yay in the sequels led to some fans wishing for them to pair up.
  • First Installment Wins: Most fans agree that the first film was definitely the best.
  • Funny Aneurysm: Not that it was all that hilarious before, but seeing a giraffe get killed becomes even more horrific when you find out about how they treat animals in Copenhagen Zoo. Especially giraffes.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The character of Leslie Chow is so popular in Japan and China that he has been given more and more screen time with each movie in the franchise.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Part II, Mike Tyson tells Stu that he should have his tattoo removed. Considering the Frivolous Lawsuit over that same tattoo that nearly caused the film's delay, this also doubles as a retroactive "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The reasoning behind a Frivolous Lawsuit a month before the release of The Hangover: Part II - S. Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist who worked on Mike Tyson's face tattoo, claims that Stu getting that same tattoo whilst drunk infringes on his copyright of the tattoo's design and the film should be banned as a result. This is despite Mike Tyson appearing in the film. While the courts found this reasoning to be quite sane, they decided to bow to public interest, and the film will indeed open as scheduled.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The main complaint from critics against the sequel was that it was just a long Call Back.
    • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The main complaint from critics against the second sequel was that it diverged so far from the previous films that it didn't even seem to be a comedy anymore.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Alan drugging the Wolfpack in the first film seems to be just a result of his stupidity, but then comes the sequel where he, drugs them again, this time on purpose in order to knock out Teddy.
    • Made worse by the fact that he not only lies to his friends' faces about doing so, but swears to God.
    • However, the events of the third film convince him to turn his life around. Then The Stinger comes along, the Wolfpack (along with his new wife Cassie) is roofied yet again... and this time, he's not responsible. Guess who he received that wedding cake from?
  • Older Than They Think
    • The plot of the first film shares plenty of similarities with Dude, Where's My Car?, the 1999 The Simpsons episode "Viva Ned Flanders", and Very Bad Things.
    • That fake-out hi-five/handshake thing that Zach Galifianakis does in the third film originated in an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! (to which Scott Aukerman replied, "That's...still a thing?").
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • Sequelitis: The first one was well-received. The sequels, not so much (the second for retreading the original while adding on Vulgar Humor, and the third for extreme Flanderization while drifting too far from the original to the point that comedy is almost an afterthought).
  • Squick:
    • While the credits is one big Crowning Moment of Funny as a whole, there are a couple of pictures that'll make viewers want to vomit.
    • Another example are the ladyboys in Part II.
    • Another would be Stu getting breast enlargements at The Stinger for Part III.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • It's not uncommon to find people who complain that, after being a living MacGuffin in the first film, Doug is wasted as a character in the sequels by leaving him out of the drunken night in Part II & restoring him to his original role in Part III. Especially since his actor, Justin Bartha, has shown he can easily play a quirky companion in the National Treasure films.
    • A lot of people are also unhappy about Heather Graham's character Jade being left out of Part II, since she and Stu seemed to actually go together well in their final scene, and because she's perhaps the only sympathetic and rounded female character.
      • Though she does turn up again in part III.
  • What an Idiot: Part II was sued for copyright infringement over a tattoo. This is the third time in several years this (a copyright infringement suit, this being the first suit anyone has filed on anyone else over a tattoo) has happened to Warner. They settled in June.
  • The Woobie: Alan is this at some points. Especially when he starts singing "We're the three best friends that anyone could have!"
    • Even more so when he's genuinely distressed at the idea that Doug might be dead, while the other two don't seem to have considered the possibility.
      • Stu certainly considered the possibility:
    Our best friend Doug is probably lying facedown in a ditch right now with a methhead buttfucking his corpse!!
    • Alan's Woobie status drops dramatically when you consider that nearly every bad thing that happens to the Wolfpack is his fault. Mainly because he drugs them in both films. Then comes the third, where his sympathy drops further as he's becoming too weird to function.
    • Stu is another Woobie. In the first film, his girlfriend controls his life with an iron fist and he not only lacks the guts to stand up for himself (until the end), but actually makes excuses for her abusing and cheating on him. In the second film, his disapproving father-in-law emasculates him in a similar fashion. And to top it all off, Alan's stupidity results in Stu being put through hell in both films and nearly having his marriage destroyed in the second.

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