Indeed, the film revolves around the off-kilter Alan, who this time around is suffering from an early midlife crisis, sending the Wolfpack (Galifianakis,
) out on a road trip.
“He was the one stone left unturned," said director
The third installment, which opens May 23, should lift the franchise comfortably into the billion-dollar box office mark, after "The Hangover's" $400-million global take in 2009 and the sequel's more than $500 million worldwide two years later.
Galifianakis credits the success of the films to its archetypal characters resonating with audiences. Helms agreed that audiences can relate to it, despite the franchise's R-rated excesses.
"Who doesn't know what a hangover is?" Helms said. "Everyone has intense personal experiences with hangovers, so I think it resonates on that level."
Galifianakis said the team didn’t set out to purposefully make an R-rated movie, but to simply make a comedy.
"The American audience has matured," he said. "They're just jokes. These movies are never politically correct. Political correctness in comedy does not mix well together."