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  • Jul 17, 2010
Good but not great. Was hoping for it to be better but it still proved to be highly entertaining! [3.5 out of 5]
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July 18, 2010
I don't really think The Hangover was "overrated" per se (but I have a strong vendetta against the criticism "overrated").  Sure the humor has been done a dozen times, but the last time I saw a "new" and "innovative" kind of comedy was probably when I was still in middle school and just getting into the kind of crude humor that The Hangover had.  I measure a comedy based on how much I laugh.  And it's actually quite... rare when I like a comedy.  I've thought about reviewing The Hangover, but I think I'll pass on it.  I thought was a very well constructed film with a ton of laugh out loud moments, for the most part.
July 18, 2010
Great comment. It is a good call to judge a comedy as to how many times it made you laugh, but I guess once I see the same crude humor, then I already get its punchline so I don't laugh as much. I guess the comedies that I really like are the ones with a solid story, that is funny with situations that turn out funny and maybe silly. I guess this is the reason why I hardly review comedies, people have a different sense of humor and one may like one comedy and not the other but it doesn't exactly mean that one comedy is better than the other. My al-time favorite comedy is MY COUSIN VINNY but I used to enjoy the first Police Academy movie when I was a lot younger. I also liked the Naked Gun but didn't like the Police Academy 3. I also loved Clerks but may not like Harold and Kumar 2. I guess with comedies, my tastes differ from each style. One thing about the Hangover is that it does have a lot of gags and jokes, but I still think a comedy that actually tries not to be intentionally silly and stupid is more effective (but see I liked Clerks 2). I dunno, maybe it is just me, hard to put a finger on my comedic tastes LOL! :)
July 18, 2010
Actually, I think it's me.  Because when I see the word "overrated" it sets me off.  I think it's the worst criticism anyone could ever use.  I don't like the idea of reviewing something by stacking it up to what's already out there... because then it means it's not being reviewed based on its own merits.  I also don't like writing a review based on what others may think of it.  I don't think it's so wrong to highlight the likes and dislikes others may have and then voice your disagreements, but using the word "overrated" typically comes off like a timid criticism from someone who can't justify himself (and that's not always true).  Somewhere along the line "overrated" became synonymous with bad or mediocre.  So my beef with the word is that it's misused to such a degree that it's become the hipster/snobbish battle cry.  It means nothing now.  Something overrated CAN be bad, but I think it's an unfair criticism to use.  A cheapshot that movie snobs use to say, "You're all wrong and THIS is why!"  In short, it's a criticism of the audience more so than the film itself.  And if THAT'S the case, it means a movie unfortunate enough to garner the "overrated" criticism isn't being reviewed fairly, objectively or even by its merits... but rather being reviewed based on the concensus of an audience rather than the concensus of the individual reviewer.  It's the sign of an opinion that's been tempered by someone else's.

Something can be "overrated" and still manage to be a five star film... you see what I mean? (although I probably wouldn't give The Hangover a +5 either)  Thinking in terms of "overrated" or thinking terms of what others thought of it as you're sitting there watching can ruin the experience of a movie... make people think a movie is a bad when it's not.  I just think The Hangover is done well enough that it being "overrated" has nothing to do with the overall quality.  I could write you whole essays on why "overrated" is the worst criticism ever.  I hate it so much I tend to stop reading a review the moment I see it (other phrases I stop reading a review for are "I just don't get it" "I don't see what the big deal is" and "Anyone who loves/hates this movie is *insert insult here*"). 
July 19, 2010
hey, I cannot say that I argue with your points. Not to worry--I won't use the overrated thing again :) there I changed it...
July 19, 2010
Naw it was fine.  I just have my own personal gripes like anyone.  I'm still trying to consider whether or not to write a review.  I'm not very good at reviewing comedies like The Hangover.
July 19, 2010
sometimes my friend, all it takes is a paragraph to get your feel going... :)
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review by . June 09, 2011
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*** 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
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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
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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 . June 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 …
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
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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.
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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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