Bradley Cooper’s Wildest And Raunchiest Film Is Dominating Streaming

Bradley Cooper's Hangover 3 is the second most popular movie on Netflix.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms in The Hangover Part 3

Taking its first shot in 2009, The Hangover franchise is still one of the most celebrated films in comedy history. With a killer line-up of talent that would ultimately introduce the world to Bradley Cooper, the Todd Phillips (Joker) directed movie was a quotable legend that still holds its own today. Currently, Netflix subscribers can catch the third and final (for now) installment, The Hangover Part 3, where, according to FlixPatrol, it’s claiming the title of the platform’s #2 most streamed title. 

The years leading up to 2010 were an iconic comedy treasure trove, with films like Borat and Superbad leaving their stamp on not only audiences but the careers of the actors starring in them. One-upping them all would be the arrival of 2009’s The Hangover, which would spawn two sequels aptly titled The Hangover Part 2 and The Hangover Part 3. As we mentioned, the film marked a major turning point in Bradley Cooper’s career as, following his time as the sunglasses-wearing sarcastic Phil Wenneck, he would go on to appear in a slew of projects, landing him one BAFTA award and nominations from the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Tony Awards.

Along with Bradley Cooper, his team of Wolfpack members, which included Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha, would all see a spike in their careers following the release of the first movie. Each of these actors would appear in the follow-up features, with the main character focus of each film shifting in every installment. The first title saw the boys go to Vegas and get wild on a bachelor trip for Bartha’s Doug, with the second’s storyline following them to Thailand for Stu’s (Helms) wedding, and The Hangover Part 3 going back to where it all began to help Alan (Galifianakis) get out of a depressive slump.

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Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms in The Hangover

Picking up two years after we last saw the Wolfpack barely survive their time in Bangkok, The Hangover Part 3 re-introduced us to the fearsome foursome who are now leading perfectly content lives – with the exception of Alan. Alan’s life has fallen to pieces off his meds as he sees no hope for his future. Proving that his friends will always have his back, the Wolfpack assembles to give Alan a fresh breath of life in the city of sin all over again. 

Of course, it can’t be an installment The Hangover without the appearance of Ken Jeong’s Leslie Chow, who returned to reprise his role in The Hangover Part 3 along with Jeffrey Tambor and Heather Graham. Mike Epps, John Goodman, Jamie Chung, Melissa McCarthy, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman, and Sondra Currie filled out the threequel’s ensemble cast. Director Todd Phillips returned to round out his vision for the trilogy and, like The Hangover Part 2, he co-penned the screenplay alongside Craig Mazin.

While the films may have dropped in popularity with the critics by the time The Hangover Part 3 was released, the title still crushed the box office, bringing in a global box office total of $362 million against its production budget of $103 million. The film’s legacy lives on with folks still planning their own The Hangover-themed bachelor parties in Las Vegas to get a taste of that Wolfpack life. If you haven’t yet rounded out the wild adventures of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug, you can join the party on Netflix, where the film is now streaming