Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review: The Hangover

Grade: A-

The Hangover is about a man, Doug, who is about to be married so he heads off to Las Vegas with his three friends, Phil, Stu and Alan, for a bachelor party two days before his wedding. They get to Vegas and upgrade their room to a villa at Caesar's Palace. They start off the night with toasts in celebration of the upcoming wedding. Next thing they wake up in their room with the place completely destroyed, a tiger in the bathroom and nobody can remember a thing from the night before. The three friends then realize that the groom is no longer in the room and has left his cell as well. What ensues is one hilarious stop after another as they search for clues around Vegas as to where their friend could be.

I would like to start by putting a big warning on this movie. While it is absolutely hilarious to somebody like me, this movie is absolutely not for the easily offended. This movie has something to offend everybody: Alcohol use, drug use, sex, strong nudity (and plenty of it), child abuse and who knows what else, some people are just touchy. So, as usual, just know what you're getting into.

The cast was fantastic. Bradley Cooper (Yes Man, Wedding Crashers) was great as egocentric Phil. Phil is a school teacher by day but when they hit Las Vegas all he wants is the biggest and the best. It's his idea to upgrade their room to a villa even though nobody has any plans of actually being in the room for too long. Ed Helms (TV's The Office, The Daily Show) played the concerned and kind hearted Stu. Stu at most times seems to be more mature than the other guys and most of the time seems to be the only one truly concerned with Doug's safety and well being, and the other guys make fun of him for these traits. Zack Galifianakis (Out Cold, The Comedians of Comedy) steals the show as Doug's soon to be brother-in-law Alan. Alan is a little weird and seemingly slow at times. He is the odd man out of the group and is just trying to fit in with the rest of Doug's friends. He does however have some of the funniest lines in the whole movie. Even though he's not in this much I have always been a fan of Justin Bartha (National Treasure) who plays the groom, Doug. Justin Bartha's character is very kind and loves all his friends and even has a certain sense of sophistication to him. This movie also has hilarious appearances by people like Mike Tyson, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Epps and Rob Riggle.

I laughed so hard at this movie from the beginning all the way to the end. This movie is just filled with humor at every turn. This actually surprised me as the director did Old School, which I really didn't find that funny, and the writers are the same people who wrote Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Four Christmases, which both really weren't that great or funny and directed more at girls. Speaking of, the vast majority of the humor in this movie is more guy oriented as it does take place around a bachelor party, but I noticed most of the women in the theater laughing as well. I would love to talk about what happens in this movie after they wake up but I don't want to give anything away because it is all hilarious but it is also all pretty shocking.

This movie is just good movie fun. If you want to laugh, this is the movie that will help you do that. The jokes are witty and brilliantly delivered by the great cast. This movie is absolutely absurd but completely fun. Go out and watch it and have a good time without waking up the next morning like these guys did.

Great Quote: "Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except for herpes, that s***'ll follow you back."

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