Movie Review: The Hangover

Supergenius should have seen this instead of Land of the Lost. What was he thinking? This movie was hilarious.

It has something for everyone. A random chicken. Mike Tyson. A tiger. Tasering. Missing teeth. The Hangover delivers the goods consistently throughout. Much like Old School, it has both frantic comic high-jinks and heart.

Zach Galifianakis gives a breakout performance, and Bradley Cooper establishes himself as a viable comic lead. Ed Helms (the loveable Andy Bernard from The Office) also shines as a doormat dentist that learns how to live.

Decidedly not PG-13, The Hangover actually shows some restraint considering it’s based on a bachelor party in Vegas, that is until the closing credits, so close your eyes at that point if you go to see it and are easily disturbed.

What really makes this film work is the innovative idea of reconstructing the events of a night of mayhem. The audience gets bits and pieces of a night that the main characters can not remember, and it is not seeing the events, but only their aftermaths, that makes this film great. Possibly even classic.

9 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Hangover

  1. Everytime I see a commercial for this I think it’s one of those movies where I can see it on tv in a couple years and I’m fine with that.

    Wasn’t this premise already covered in Dude, Where’s My Car? I’d rather look at Ashton Kutcher than any of these other guys.

  2. I’ve seen the movie now and thought it was really, really, funny. It’s a lot funnier than Dude Where’s My Car, which is basically a teen fantasy (and not a very funny one), and funnier than What Happens in Vegas, which is more of a romantic comedy (and not a bad one). This movie is much more of a grown-up buddy comedy, and though the comedy situations are outlandish, you don’t get the impression that you’re in fantasy land. You feel like this could really happen (though hopefully not to anyone you actually know). It actually reminded me a lot of another movie that takes place partly in Vegas, called Go. That’s also a very good movie, BTW.

    There are a lot of genuine laugh out loud moments in this movie, and though it’s certainly not for everyone, I didn’t feel like the crudeness was too over the top.

  3. I didn’t feel like the crudeness was too over the top.

    Except the last two frames (two photographs) before the credits. Didn’t want to see that.

  4. Rusty, I’m not counting those photos as part of the movie. My advice to anyone who sees the movie is: just leave at the end of the movie. Don’t stay and watch the photo montage.

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