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The Hangover (2009)


The film that almost every teenager in high school quotes.

When three friends (Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper) finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can’t seem to locate their best friend, Doug (Justin Bartha) — who’s supposed to be tying the knot. Launching a frantic search for Doug, the trio perseveres through a nasty hangover to try to make it to the church on time.

This is a film I have seen numerous times, and each time I have always laughed more and more than the other, but never have I actually had the time to write down a review for this. Finally, I got it all down on paper, or computer.

The film is directed by Todd Phillips, of Old School fame, and I must say he hasn’t lost that comedic touch but here he put’s a spin on premise that has been time and time before, and make it something hilarious but also interesting. This has a sort of Reservoir Dogs feel to it, where you don’t actually see the event that the whole film centers on, until later on, but that makes you apart of actually piecing together what happened, which is really a lot of the fun.

Though, it’s not all about the plot really, it’s more about all the non-stop jokes that go on throughout this whole film, that has had people quoting it for the past 2 years now, and when that will ever stop is something I don’t have the answer to. The best thing about this screenplay is that it knows what it is, it’s not trying to do anything different, or smart,  it’s just raunchy, gross-out, and sometimes smart dude humor that always works. Almost every single line here is instantly quotable, and will have you laughing about it for days.

My only complain for this film is that the whole resolution to this film seemed a little dumb. When the ending happens, this whole sweet little message comes into place, and I didn’t buy it one bit. Maybe it’s just me who actually cared about this, but I don’t know this part just seemed a little forced for me.

The whole cast here is what made this adventure through Vegas the laugh-out-loud riot that it is. This is one of the first films that put Bradley Cooper on the map, and with great reason because he’s awesome here as the slime-ball, sexy man Phil. I like how the film relies on Cooper for his good looks, but he still has that charm that makes his lines so much funnier than they may seem. Ed Helms basically plays the same dude he plays on The Office, but I must say it doesn’t fail here one bit as Stu. He starts off as this totally whipped, nerdy moodle (check it out on Urban Dictionary), but then after the party something changes within him and he’s almost like a bomb for the whole rest of the film. He’s just tick, tick, ticking away until he finally breaks loose and breaks out some of the funniest lines within the whole film. The real showcase in this film is Zach Galifianakis as the strange, and possibly-brain-damaged, Alan. I love all of Galifianakis’ stand-up, and his stuff on Funny Or Die, and watching him here bring out some of the most insane, and possibly funniest lines of the whole movie had me finally understand why he is in almost everything now. I just hope he goes back into that little cage, and stop being so over-exposed appearing in crap all over the place, especially ones like Due Date. I still want my money back by the way Zach! All three of these guys play off each-other so well, and create a realistic bro-mance that actually seems like three opposite individuals like these could actually come together on a crazy trip like this.

There is also a whole bunch of funny side acts/cameos here that will have you laughing even more once you see them. Heather Graham is just so stunning in almost everything she does, and she is very funny here. I also still do not know how she still looks like Rollergirl from Boogie Nights. And that was about 13 years ago people! I was disappointed Justin Bartha didn’t get more screen-time, because he’s always hilarious in everything he does. I laughed my ass off at every time Ken Jeong was on the screen, and is by far the best Asian gangster in film history. Also, who can forget Mike Tyson drumming out to Phil Collins? There are also some nice cameos from the likes of Mike Epps, Jeffrey Tambor, and The Dan Band.

Consensus: The Hangover is exactly what everybody says it is, a laugh-out-loud riot, with instant quotable lines, and crazy situations that will have you laughing for days on end. The perfect guy’s film with an amazing cast, that will keep your interest the whole adventure. Let’s just hope this second one, doesn’t blow as much as I think it will.

9/10=Full Pricee!!

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12 responses to “The Hangover (2009)

  1. pgcooper1939 May 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    You’re spot on about the resolution.

    I also have to say, people have started to ruin this film for me. Everyone always quotes it, not to mention I’m already getting sick of Galifanakis (you mentioned the atrocious Due Date).

  2. Fitz May 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I liked the first and I plan on seeing the sequel. Fratboy idiots be damned.

  3. Steven Flores May 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t know anyone quoting that movie. Then again, I don’t go out very much.

    I just re-posted my old review that I wrote back in 2009 that I just moved to my blog here. I’m more indifferent to the film. I don’t really have a lot to say about it.

  4. Castor May 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I found this to be a bit overrated. Pretty funny in spurts but nothing more for me. Nice review though.

  5. andymovieman June 12, 2011 at 1:39 am

    i don’t think this movie is so funny. i think the movie was so fucking stupid and boring. i can’t understand that fucking movie at all. i hate it. i will never watch that again. it thinks it is better than beverly hills cop, it’s not. it sucks it has no meaning whatsoever.

  6. Ipodman June 17, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Nice review, but I don’t like this movie :/
    I only laughed once, and that’s when the tiger appears. I may check out Due Date the Hangover Part II someday, but I don’t find this kind of humour funny at all…

  7. andymovieman August 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    beverly hills cop is much better than this freaking movie. this movie sucks. and it’s stupid. that’s what i think.

  8. Andymovieman January 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

    zach galifankis is a scumbag and he talks like a faggot.

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