‘The Hangover 3′ Gets A Very Harry Poster

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:04 pm,

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Showing that Warner Bros.’ marketing department has a good sense of humor about itself, the first poster for The Hangover 3, the final installment of the lucrative and bawdy comedy series, has popped up online.

It should seem familiar to Harry Potter fans, directly mimicking one of the posters used to promote Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2011, suggesting a finale of high-end chaos and smoldering apocalypse, while also preceding the first official trailer for The Hangover Part III which will release later today.

Early rumors about The Hangover 3 suggested that the film is going to break the formula of the previous two installments; rather than force the Wolf Pack into a morning-after whodunit where they try to figure out what they did the night before, director Todd Phillips – who also co-wrote and produced – claimed that he’s putting their antics on the road. Further details were revealed when Zach Galifianakis spilled on the true motivator behind the third picture’s plot, which will apparently revolve around the gang springing Galifianakis’ character, Alan, from a mental institution following the death of his father.

Alan feels like a natural fit for the loony bin, but the real pull here may be the bit about his dad. In fact, that entire synopsis puts The Hangover 3 more in league with a heist film such as Ocean’s 11 than the other Hangover movies. If altering the formula wasn’t enough, giving the guys a real reason to unleash their unique brand of anarchic pandemonium on Las Vegas once more should be all the reason anyone needs to give the film a shot. And this time it sounds like it’ll all be much more intentional, which is enough to make the entire exercise more interesting than The Hangover 2. Check out the poster below:

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At the same time the poster promises a level of mayhem it probably won’t live up to, with the world burning in the background as Leslie Chow (embodied by Ken Jeong once more) and Alan face off for some form of climactic showdown or another. This is nothing more than satirical advertising that’s hinging on fan familiarity with another franchise. It’s a great image, just one that the movie most likely won’t build toward. Which is sort of a shame, because moving away from the blueprint used for the first two movies is one thing, but taking the story to a totally gonzo, unexpectedly apocalyptic place would be another entirely.

Does this poster convince you that you should see The Hangover 3? Or did the previous movie make your mind up for you?

The Hangover Part III hits theaters May 24, 2013.

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Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. They are trying everything possible to make this 2rd uneceasary sequal relevent

  2. I don’t think that’s Phil unless Bradley Cooper had some work done

    • Thanks for the catch, Major!

  3. Steve Bucemi should appear in this one… He was the only “Vegas thing” missing in Hangover 1

  4. Not giving up on this franchise yet.

  5. Part 1 was the best installment and even that one was overrated although original.

    Poster looks like its for “Hangover 3 the dark drunk rises” :)

  6. I still can’t get over the horrible Hangover part 2. After that fiasco, I’m not sure I want to see this one. I think I’ll wait for the rental on this.

  7. Thats not Phil, it’s the Asian guy from the first two movies.

  8. I really don’t get why people didn’t like the second. So what that it copied the formula from the first? It was still hilarious. If the third was the same, I’d still enjoy it.

  9. I seem to be the only person on the planet who didn’t even find the first movie funny :/

    • Nope. There was only one scene that made me chuckle, but comedy isn’t the same for everyone. I’ve managed to live without these movies tho.

  10. Harry Potter stole that poster from Enemy Mine! http://thepointv2.blogspot.com/2011/07/does-harry-potter-poster-look-familar.html

    As for the Hangover franchise, I waited for the 2nd on rental…I should have saved the $3. I’ll probably wait until this is available to stream on Netflix or is a $.99 Amazon rental.

  11. I actually enjoyed the 2nd one too. I feel alone

  12. IMO the first movie was great because in essence is was a Las Vegas movie.

    hopefully this edition recaptures some of that.

  13. I liked both movies too. We are not alone. Don’t kill Mr. Chow. He is hilarious.

  14. Meh

  15. can’t wach live!!!

  16. The 2nd one was just as funny as the 1st. Which wasn’t very funny to begin with.

  17. Seriously the only time I laughed out loud was the photos during the end credits scene.

  18. Expect a sequel in about a year or two

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