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The Hangover

  • May 2, 2011
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I don't think this is the funniest movie ever made, but The Hangover is certainly the funniest movie I've seen in a good long while and is good enough to call a comedy classic. This was probably one of the, if not the, biggest surprise of 2009 and boy did it take the world by storm. In fact, it took the world by storm so badly that I wish people would stop quoting it because, even though the quotes are funny, it's been done and it's getting tiring. Regardless, The Hangover was a tremendous comedy with great raunchy humour and fantastic chemistry between its cast.

The Hangover centres around Doug (Justin Bartha), a soon-to-be-married man, Stu (Ed Helms) a poor beleaguered dentist with a girlfriend who's a total raging bitch, Phil (Bradley Cooper) a handsome schoolteacher, and Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Doug's odd future brother-in-law. Doug is getting married, so the four men go to Vegas for his bachelor party. Sounds pretty basic, yes? Well, all hell breaks loose in the morning when Stu, Phil, and Alan wake up not remembering a thing with a trashed hotel room, a baby in the closet, and a tiger in the bathroom. However, despite all these problems (and more, like the fact that Stu is missing a tooth), they have a bigger fish to fry: Doug is missing.

The entire film follows Phil, Stu, and Alan retracing their steps to find out what the hell happened that one fateful night and encountering all sorts of crazy shit on the way. There is also a hooker named Jade (Heather Graham), Mike Tyson, and a very strange little man named Mr. Chau (Ken Jeong) who they first encounter when he jumps out of their trunk completely nude. Put that all together, serve in a chilled martini glass, and you get one hell of an awesome movie. This film, whether you yourself love it or hate it, is what most comedies aren't nowadays. It's consistently funny. You'd think that comedy writers would know to make their film funny, but some don't and there have been loads of unfunny or occasionally funny comedies made because of it.

However, The Hangover is consistently hilarious and it has great dirty jokes. However, considering its ribald premise, it's surprisingly tame (at least compared to the likes of Hot Tub Time Machine). That being said though, I shouldn't have to say this, but children shouldn't watch this movie. Older kids can watch this movie, but just keep them away from the end credits, because they are easily the dirtiest part of the movie. I've only seen snippets of the end credits, because my own mother will not let me watch them. There is a lot of swearing and some sexual-based jokes, but I'm not writing a parental advisory, so we'll be moving on. Needless to say, this movie is terrifically hilarious and will keep you in stitches from beginning to end, even though the stitches decrease with repeated watches.

The film has four main actors, and they all give great performances. Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper are wonderful as Stu and Phil respectively, and Justin Bartha is good as Doug, despite him not being in the movie much. There are two big scene-stealers in the film, namely, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong. I can't imagine Zach Galifianakis carrying a movie by himself, but if he keeps doing movies like this, then he'll have a nice steady job going for many years. Jeong is fantastic and steals every scene he's in with his memorable profane one-liners. The rest of the supporting cast are terrific and this film just has good performances all around.

As for cinematography and visuals, there isn't much to say, but there are some nice shots of Vegas and an absolutely beautiful hotel room (before it's trashed of course). Anyway, I don't have much else to say, so I'm going to wrap this up. It may not be perfect, and it may not be as funny as when I first saw it, but it's one of the funniest movies of the last five, maybe even ten years. It's also good enough to be considered a new classic and in my opinion, it's turning into somewhat of a must-see. I wouldn't call it a must-see myself, but it gets my recommendation for a rental. All in all, a great movie, but if you are easily offended, then steer clear.

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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 …
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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, …
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   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
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review by . June 24, 2009
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review by . July 21, 2010
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review by . July 15, 2010
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Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
Hilarious movie!!! Some scenes are offensive. This is a movie that makes you want to go to Vegas to see its beautiful hotels. This gives women a sneak peak of what may go on behind "bachelor parties."
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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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