The Hangover III’s Todd Phillips: You don’t make movies for critics

"You never want to force a person to see a movie. The movies are made for the people who want to see them"

“You don’t make movies for critics,” says Todd Phillips, the man behind The Hangover films.


Speaking to about his new film, The Hangover III, the American director said: “You never want to force a person to see a movie, the movies are made for the people who want to see the movies.”

The third and final instalment in the comedy franchise currently has a critics’ rating of 20% on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregation site. But an 88% rating from the public demonstrates that the escapades of the Wolf Pack – played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis – are pretty much as popular as ever.

“The response to these movies has been through the roof,” said Phillips, “and we just have such a fun time making them. It’s been really a great run.

“We’ve been together for the past six years working on these movies and we’ve had such a great time making them and we’ve travelled around the world making them, so it is a little bittersweet to end it.”

The third and final Hangover film has much more of a focus on Zach Galifianakis’ “beloved” character Alan. “He needed to be fixed so we were able to end this,” said Phillips, “so that’s really what the Hangover III is about.”

Ken Jeong, who has played nutty Mr Chow in all three films, also takes more of a leading role in the final foray. “That was Ken pressuring me into giving him a bigger role!” joked the director.

Watch our full interview with Todd Phillips below:


The Hangover III is currently in UK cinemas.