The Hangover


Have you ever had so much fun one night, you couldn’t remember any of it? I have.  My first time in Vegas, the night we arrived was a blur.  Stories told at every get together always end the same way, “and then he passed out by the pool and was seriously sun burnt.” Words like stripper, making out with a stripper, and up 700 bucks and not realizing it pop up every time. Sounds like I had fun, but then again I wouldn’t know. I was drunk. That is nothing compared to the newly released The Hangover. A story brought to you by Todd Phillips who gave us Old School, Starsky and Hutch, and Road Trip. The Hangover is about four friends on the way to Las Vegas for a one night bachelor party.  Needless to say things don’t go as planned.

The Hangover stars Bradley Cooper (Phil, a married teacher who hates his students), Ed Helms (Stu a dentist who has a harpy of a girlfriend that controls his every move), Justin Bartha (Doug the groom), and the always hysterical Zack Galifianakis (Alan the extremely weird and creepy brother of the bride).  Four actors, who up until now lived their careers as supporting actors; I found them all to be an excellent ensemble.  Ok down to it.  I enjoyed the hell out of this movie.  It took all the necessary components of a bachelor party movie (i.e. cool car, strippers, trashed hotel room, and we can’t find the groom and he’s getting married in ten minutes) and then made it an original.  It was pumped up by the fact that nobody can remember what happened the night before.  In my opinion the best film of this type since the classic Very Bad Things.

This movie was made to be a director’s cut release DVD as most are. My only question is what could they have left out? I’ve felt Todd Phillips has toned himself down since Old School. It was good to see him back to what people want to see. Unfortunately he thinks they want to see inappropriate male nudity, because I can count on both hands instances where I saw Zack Galifinakis’s ass.  I’m just saying.   However that aside the movie gave what the commercials promised and so much more. With cameos from people like Heather Graham, Jeffery Tambor, Rob Riggle, Mike Epps, and of course Mike Tyson…plus one tiger. The last thing I have to mention is the untitled character, the city of Las Vegas. There is no better place to film a movie like this, or any other movie. It has everything you could need: luxury hotels, seedy hotels, beautiful women, not so beautiful women, drive up wedding chapels, and miles of empty desert. Not to mention the coolest views at night.

I give this movie 4 out 5 pitchforks.  It’s not going to win Oscars, and it’s definitely not going to make you think. Except to ask, why anyone would go on a bachelor party the day before their wedding? It really is just asking for problems. Go see this movie and get prepared to have a good time. It’ll also really, really make you want to go to Vegas.

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Posted on June 8, 2009, in Film Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Mike Pampinella

    Now I saw Very Bad Things and thought it was a really dark film. Is The Hangover that dark in tone?

  2. Patrick Newson

    No but as far as some of these Bachelor Party movies go, it was in the darker vein so I’d put it together in a DVD pack

  3. Nice review Patrick.

  4. Mike Pampinella

    Two for one debauchery. I love it.

  5. Good stuff. Saw this a few days ago. Thought it was very funny. Some of the gags were pretty over the top. But, for the most part it kept the laughs coming. The whole man-purse thing and the tazer bit were hilarious.

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