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A comedy movie directed by Todd Phillips

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Skillfully written, and very funny guy-comedy.

  • Jun 9, 2011
*** 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 undecided. Teenagers will laugh at it without knowing why they are doing so; and adults...well, let's just hope they know the reasons.

I liked "The Hangover" because it evokes everyone's inner party animal. The ride is fun, the laughs don't feel cheap, and the plotting is smart enough to work. It's a funny movie; through-and-through. The characters work, the setting works, and so does the premise. I could have seen this thing all go to hell with clich├ęs and excessive crudeness, but "The Hangover" knows when a movie should explode with profanity and when it should shut its trap. I kind of admire it; and damn right, I enjoyed it.

This isn't a one-joke premise. Hell, it's hard to imagine the premise being treated as a "joke". It's not the concept that's funny; it's the conversations, the characters, and the screenplay. It's an engaging and often hilarious comedy involving four men as they go to a Bachelor party in Las Vegas for their buddy. Among the four are Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis, in his big break role), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha). The characters are well-developed, have funny back-stories, histories, and personas. After we learn this, it's time to let the dogs out.

Our boys have a hard time taming Vegas in that one night which they stay. They end up getting a large and expensive room, getting drunk on the hotel roof, and waking up the next morning without a memory to spare. Stu has lost a tooth. Alan has lost his pants. Phil is a mess. And Doug is just-plain gone. Also, there's a tiger- Mike Tyson's tiger- the bathroom, and a baby in the closet. And all this time, I have to wonder: what the hell happened?

And so begins the quest to find out what happened that night before, and to find Doug. The trip itself is enjoyable, full of non-stop laughs, and just plain clever all-in-all. The film is a raunch fest; deserving of the R-rating in just about every way, but that doesn't distract from the point. "The Hangover" has a heart, even if it's a filthy, often rotten one. But that's still more than what most comedies have, now isn't it?

The film embraces Vegas as its setting, which I liked. There's a stripper character, who is more of a genuine sweetheart than you may imagine. Most comedies would have gone the other direction with such a character, but then again, they would have done the same will every character too. Speaking of which, we laugh because we like these people. These people who, unfortunately, cannot remember anything. Zach Galifianakis, in particular, shines as Alan; whose sly and often so-dumb-it's-funny commentary matches that of Donkey from "Shrek".

The director, Todd Philips, does a pretty good job at mastering the material here. He makes it work, and I liked that. However, the screen-writers are the ones we should be thanking, because I do not think that Philips is a superb director, and I also do not think that he's a great writer, so maybe "The Hangover" was not his creation. But hey: that was the way to go. That was the RIGHT way to go. And I'm happy that "The Hangover" exists as the twisted little fantasy-bachelor-party movie that it is. It's a good idea matched with a good screen-play. A hilarious and demented laugh-fest. When you have so much "good" trapped in one spot, it's hard not to laugh.

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review by . April 18, 2011
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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.

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