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Chekov left MANY guns in the room that night.

  • Feb 1, 2010
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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 goofy slob are going to Vegas for a bachelor's party before the straight man gets married.  Spending a fortune on a glorious room at Cesar's Palace and after drinking a toast a trio wakes up in a now dilapidated room and a man short, the one who is getting married.  Time to put the pieces together as to what happened that night.  Pieces of the puzzle include a stolen cop car, roofies, a baby and Mike Tysons Tiger are involved with alot of story pieces introduced innocently into the movie that come into play later and that includes the naked Chinese guy.

For me, this was one of those movies that I enjoyed just enough that I got through it all and could still find some charm in it.  There isn't much in the way of great jokes save for the repeat ones-the biggest being the whipped dentist insist that he's a doctor EXCEPT when he's trying to downplay his status to a call girl who latched on to him during the mystery night.  Zach Galifianakis gets the best moments as the hairy goof who sits aside and lets the Asshole and Henpecked one take care of matters.  Honestly it was more fun having them try to put together the mystery night then the humor moments they execute in the movie.  Asshole and Henpecked (I don't know their names) are like Mr. Pink and Mr. White respectively from Reservoir Dogs putting together the aftermath of the robbery and seeing where the movie takes us was interesting.

The best news of this movie is that it relies on JOKES.  Not pointing at the screen and spotting cameos and injokes and endless pop culture nonsense.  A small dose of that goes a long way and thankfully short of Mike Tysons appearance which is superflous in the long run, but does provide a nice segment of the movie there is none that I counted.  The jokes as I said only got me a couple of times but at least they were good.

The Hangover isn't bad and it did keep my attention which for a comedy these days is high praise.  If anything it's pointed me toward Zach Galifianakis and his talents outside of appearances on Reno 911 and is someone to look after.  The one thing I did like is how a Rocky movie, the story shows an impossible situation that gets a little better before another bomb gets dropped in the lap and with the help of some of Chekov's guns we do find a bright light at the end of the tunnel.  Seeing that part come together was interesting.  I wish more movies had the confidance to write material the way The Hangover does and also had the skill to keep everything together the way The Hangover does.  I only wish that The Hangover had the humor of a lot of other good comedies out there.
Chekov left MANY guns in the room that night.

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July 17, 2010
Excellent write up! I do agree with your points in your review. This was fun, but hardly inventive. I think you should make a comedy list :)
July 17, 2010
I'll think about it. Thank you.
July 17, 2010
coolness. Give me a holler if you decide to do so, the notifications have been disabled so far.... :(
 
February 01, 2010
I couldn't have said it better myself. An average movie at best.
February 01, 2010
Thank you. Like I said I liked it enough to finish it, but it's nothing I'm going to revisit again anytime soon.
 
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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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