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The Hangover Part III

R16: violence, offensive language, sexual material and other content that may offend

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The Hangover Part III poster

Date registered: 17/05/2013

About the film

The Hangover Part III is a film from the United States with a running time of 99 min 58 sec. It is the third in a commercially-successful franchise about a group of friends who get pulled into ridiculous and often dangerous situations.

Alan, Phil, Stu and Doug are travelling to Las Vegas to seek help for Alan's “condition” (unspecified, but seemingly a blend of Tourette and Asperger syndromes). On the way they are attacked by a crime boss named Marshall who kidnaps Doug and forces the others to track down an Asian criminal from the previous two films, Chow, who stole half of his gold.

A still image from the film - Alan, Phil, Stu and Doug looking very shocked in their car

Classification criteria: Sex

The publication deals with matters of sex through occasional sexual imagery and crass verbal references to sex. For example, upon entering Chow's hotel suite in Las Vegas, Phil and Alan see topless women in a bed while another woman saunters past them in a g-string and singlet. The sexual material is fairly restrained for this genre of film and as such its impact is fairly limited.

A still image from the film - Chow, bare-chested, carrying a sword

Classification criteria: Dominant effect

The dominant effect of the publication is of a boisterous American comedy with outlandish characters and situations, with frequent references to the previous two films in the franchise.

A still image from the film - planning the recovery of the gold from the villa

Decision summary

The unrestricted availability of The Hangover Part III is likely to be injurious to the public good. The sexual references, frequent use of highly offensive language and, to a lesser extent, depictions of violence, are pitched at a mature level. Such material would confuse and negatively influence the behaviour and attitudes of impressionable young viewers; older teens and adults have the maturity and life experience to place this in the context of lowbrow comedy that is over-the-top and designed to amuse and sometimes offend.

The publication is therefore classified as objectionable except if the availability of the publication is restricted to persons who have attained the age of 16 years. This classification limits the right to freedom of expression under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, however given the considerations above the availability of the film at a lower classification is likely to be injurious to the public good.

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R16 classification label
R16: violence, offensive language, sexual material and other content that may offend