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If Only All Hangovers Could Be As Wild and Crazy, "The Hangover" Wins As Funniest Movie Ever!

  • Jun 24, 2009
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I've never really been into raunchy and crude humor.  For example, I couldn't stand Half Baked or Pineapple Express.  These are your typical "stoner" films that get laughs mainly due to the fact that when your wathing them, you don't know any better.  As much as The Hangover could have turned into a "stoner" movie, it didn't.  It could have easily been a film geared at teenagers and college students, but instead, it really ended up being a very adult film with extremely adult content that some teens and college students might not even laugh at.  I'm sure that there are teens who thought that The Hangover was comepletely hilarious, but I'm sure in the end it was the adults who almost peed their pants laughing.

The Hangover really delivers mainly due to the fact that except for maybe Bradley Cooper, it has a pretty unknown cast.  As a film goer and fan of comedy films, some of the comedic actors like Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey (except for Yes Man), don't get me started on Ben Stiller, have gotten really stale and it is really nice to see the direction that comedy has taken in the last half year.  Comedy films have started to get really funny again and this has a lot to do with fresh talent.  Take Zach Galifianakis who plays Alan in The Hangover, a guy who just isn't all the way with it.  He is a relatively unknown actor who is largely responsible for some of the funniest scenes in the movie.  Then there's Ed Helms who plays Stu, the guy who is supposed to be the "smart" one of the bunch, is just as funny.  Some of these guys are the future of comedy, I really hope so, because I haven't laughed this hard since There's Something About Mary and that was eleven years ago.

Another reason why The Hangover succeeds at being so funny is because of its outrageousness.  The movie is  thefall out of your seat laughing hysterically type of humor that all comedy should take after.  Take a scene when Alan has just woken up and walks into the bathroom only to see a giant tiger standing there looking at him.  Sure, it doesn't sound funny, but so much of what makes comedy comedy is the way an actor reacts.  I feel as if half of comedy is reaction.  If you didn't know that The Hangover was a comedy, then you would probably be scared for guy, but instead you end up laughing at his distress due to the way the actor reacts.  Another example is when the guys find a baby in the suites safe; It's not usually funny, but the way the actors play the scene and the way in which they are so akward with the baby is just hilarious.  I would go on talking about more scenes, but I don't want to give anything else away.

If you love humor and were a big fan of Old School, The Hangover will have have you laughing double that which you did.  I really do think that it's the funniest movie I have ever seen.  After we had gotten out of the movie theater, I tried really hard to think of something that was funnier, but I couldn't.  Obviously there will be people who don't agree with this, but all I know is that I had a hard time breathing I was laughing so hard.  I think this was the same for everyone else in the theater and I haven't talked to one person who hasn't liked it.  The Hangover is truly pee your pants funny, a BIG tiger eating 5/5! 
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October 09, 2009
I think my favorite part is when Ed Helms sings that song at the piano about the tiger. it was stuck in my head for like 3 days.
October 01, 2009
Thanks! This is on the top of my list. I didn't get a chance to see it in theaters. You made a comparison to "There's Something About Mary" and in my mind is the funniest movie I have seen yet. You've further piqued my interest and I expect to laugh hard. Also, wasn't a big fan of Pineapple Express.
August 20, 2009
I couldn't make it through Pineapple Express either so I'll be sure to check this out!
June 25, 2009
I haven't been to the movies in ages because I would rather snuggle up on my comfy couch with my big tv, some homemade popcorn & a rental... BUT I've heard nothing but great things about this movie and your awesome review was just enough to convince me to see this one in the theaters :)
June 24, 2009
Loved the film and you are right to compare it to Something About Mary and Old School. This one definitely deserves to be included in that group. Galifianakis is unbelievably funny.
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review by . June 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     Now, I may know a couple comedies like it, and I may not love it, but I'm pretty darn sure that "The Hangover" has all the ingredients needed to add up to a pretty funny comedy. It's not ridiculously brilliant in what it says, and it's not the most intelligent humor out there, but if you give the thing a chance, then maybe, just maybe, you will laugh.    There are several crowds for movies like "The Hangover"; one smart, one dumb, and one …
review by . April 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A Pleasant surprise
I remember seeing the trailer for The Hangover. First thing I said was “great another stupid comedy”. You gotta understand though the last movie I saw like this was Dude where’s my car? And although it had some funny moments the majority of it was really stupid. How it happened I don’t know but somehow I found myself in the theater and saw flick and now I’m happy I did.       The Hangover is about a group of friends (Allan, Doug, Phil and Stu) …
review by . December 12, 2010
Raunchy comedies come and go, and I was definitely expecting the Hangover to be exactly the same. Boy was I blown away, I literally could not stop laughing throughout the movie. Not all movies have to be deep, the purpose of some is to entertain, not educate, and this movie is definitely one of them. Not only is it sufficiently raunchy and funny, but it definitely won't be forgotten anytime soon.      Firstly, the chemistry between Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, …
review by . January 02, 2010
   My husband and I found this movie to be very hilarious. What I like about its basically one movie that goes from one crazy event to another. Yet it doesn't loose it's focus on its main plot and also knows to find the time to work on its characters as well. The characters are all being handled and build-up well into the movie. It's the same type of comedy approach Director Phillips used earlier for movies such as "Road Trip" and "Old School". Todd Phillips knows how …
review by . August 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Hangover  was a hilarious move filled with fun-filled joy at Vegas. This movie itself was created to be the "guys only" movie. This movie was definitely added a sense of mystery in order to find their buddy that was going to be married after their "night" in Vegas. I also thought that the main characters played so close to believability that it was easy to get into the craziness of their situations. I like how this one is set up as …
review by . June 09, 2009
I usually refuse to pay the ridiculous $14 to see a movie like The Hangover in theatres. These typical comedy movies are all the same - jokes about sex, drugs, and alcohol. Yeah, they usually provide a good laugh, but never $14 worth.     From the previews and trailers, The Hangover, looked just like another rowdy comedy movie. Four friends roadtrip to Vegas two days before one of them is getting married. Typical. But instead of depicting the crazy things these four (obviously …
review by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I cant think of a movie with more hype around it in quite awhile. I feel like this was the movie that dominated and suprised us all. The acting is hysterical, and the jokes, although slapstick in lots of cases, come fast and furious. Often, a comedy is only funny the first time or two, until you know what is coming to you- this movie however, can be watched over and over!  Although NOT a movie to watch with your grandmother, great for a group of friends. …
review by . February 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Chekov left MANY guns in the room that night.
Every commercial I saw for this tour de farce had the SAME joke in it, the nerdy henpecked pushover of the group is wondering while looking in a mirror-while it is clear to everyone watching..."Am I missing a tooth?!"  If this was the best joke that the movie could throw at us, I would only have myself to blame if I saw this movie and was let down by it.      The Hangover is nothing new.  Four cliches; a straight man, an asshole, the pushover and the …
Quick Tip by . January 13, 2011
The first genuinely great comedy in years. The pains the writers went to in order to explain the "day after" setup was hilarious. Fantastic cast too.
review by . August 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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If you like your humor broadside up, hold the subtlety, you'll want to nurse thisHangoverwith your best buds. The ensemble cast meshes perfectly--it's like a super-R-rated episode ofFriends: silly, slapstick, and completely in the viewer's face. When four pals go to Vegas to celebrate the imminent nuptials of one of them, they partake in a rooftop toast to "a night we'll never forget." But they're in for a big surprise: their celebration drinks were laced with date-rape drugs, so when they awake in their hotel room 12 hours later, not only are they hung over, but they can't remember what they did all night long. Oh, and they're missing the groom-to-be.

The film is so cheerfully raunchy, so fiercely crude, that the humor becomes as intoxicating as the mind-altering substances. The standout in the ensemble is Zach Galifianakis, who is alternately creepy and hilarious. Ed Helm (The Office), in addition to his memory, loses a tooth in uncomfortably realistic fashion, and Bradley Cooper (He's Just Not That into You) has deadpan comic timing that whips along at the speed of light. "Ma'am, you have an incredible rack," he blares to a pedestrian from the squad car the guys have "borrowed." "I should have been a [bleeping] cop," he tells himself approvingly.

Director Todd Phillips brings back his deft handling of the actors and the dude humor that worked so well in Old School, as well as the unctuous ...

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