The Hangover Review

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Short version: Who would have thought? The Hangover is a crude, crass comedy that manages to be smart at the same time – oh, and funny as hell.

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Screen Rant reviews The Hangover

When you start laughing about 30 seconds into a movie, that’s usually a good sign.

The plot of The Hangover is very simple: Three buddies (and one tag-along) head to Las Vegas to celebrate the impending marriage of one of their own with a bachelor party weekend. They get so incredibly blasted on the night of their arrival that they don’t remember a single thing that happened – of course maximum mayhem ensued during the evening, and they must piece together because the groom-to-be has gone missing.

Now I’m pretty finicky when it comes to comedies, especially the R-rated variety. “Stupid-funny” doesn’t work for me at all, so based on some of what I’d seen in the marketing I was a bit concerned I was possibly in for some vulgar, dumb humor. While The Hangover is certainly vulgar and not for everyone, I found it to be far from stupid. The dialog and characters are brilliant, and had me laughing throughout most of the film.

We’ve got a great cast of characters – Bradley Cooper as Phil, the handsome, smooth talker of the group, Ed Helms as Stu Price – the dentist who keeps reminding people he’s a doctor, and Zach Galifianakis who steals the movie as Alan, the future brother in law of Doug (Justin Bartha). In addition we have Stu’s insane yuppie girlfriend, Heather Graham gorgeous as the old stand by “hooker with a heart of gold,” Jeffrey Tambor as the future father-in-law and Ken Jeong as “Mr. Chow.”

I don’t usually list so many actors, but they all did such a great job that I just had to give them all a shout. While Jeffrey Tambor had a small role, he’s just great at chewing the scenery even with just a look and not a lot of screen time. Ken Jeong was priceless as the Asian gangster, absolutely hysterical – but the stand out performance had to be Zach Galifianakis as the “not quite all there” member of the troupe. He plays the role as almost mildly retarded, and the lines he delivers and the way he says them are probably on their own enough to make you want to see the movie again.

There are great bits throughout the entire film, and while it does bog down for a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but it regains its footing soon enough to wrap up with a really great ending. However I loved how they handled the backtracking to figure out just what happened the night before – they didn’t resort to flashbacks or fancy back and forward time-jumps… we just hung with the guys real-time and discovered the pieces to the puzzle along with them. So not only do we have great comedy, as a bonus we get a mystery to unravel as well.

Rest assured this movie earns its R-rating so for the love of Pete leave the kids at HOME for this one. If you can’t afford a babysitter this week, save a couple of bucks a day and wait until next week to see it. What really blew my mind was the fact that the most extreme scenes in the movie actually don’t appear until the credits are rolling. I won’t give away anything other than to say if you’re offended by sexually explicit material, you’d better leave just as the credits begin to roll. Frankly I’d like to know how the hell they got the very last thing that appears past the MPAA and retained an R rating.

However if you’re into R-rated comedies and don’t mind crude and crass humor, The Hangover is not to be missed.

Our Rating:

4 out of 5
(Excellent)

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  1. i just saw it… and it was freakin awesome… i would have given it a 4.5 but 4′s good… it was still awesome. I’m still laughing and even more so because i’ve done some of that stuff myself(not in the U.S. though…lol). Hilarious… my cheeks hurt and i feel like i had several brain freezes during and after the movie.

  2. @vic
    what did you think of that nearly last scene in the credits of zack in the elevator i guess it looks like…? either a gummie worm or gummie bear got lodged somewhere in my throat for that one…i was not expecting that at all.

  3. i want to see this so bad im a big fan of zach he was excellent in tru calling and his stand up is hilarious. I dont mind crude at all but im not a fan of just straight up dumb humor i dont like will ferrall comedy except for stranger than fiction. This looks good.

    Ps i love my iphone

  4. Vic – So you are saying the crass humor was better than Observe and Report?

  5. @jago

    That last scene is what I was referring to above.

    @Paul Young

    I didn’t see Observe and Report – based on what I heard that wasn’t really much of a comedy at all.

    Vic

  6. @Vic – I remember your Observe and Report review. It was written by a talented and handsome guest reviewer I believe :)

  7. @Paul

    (Slaps forehead) Doh! Sorry, bud, still not used to seeing you comment as “Paul.” :-P

    Vic

  8. I found the film entertaining and fun. Lovely.

  9. This is a great comedy, I couldn’t stop laughing throughout. I was shocked that here in Canada the movie is only rated 14A and no scenes were deleted, the surprising last couple of pictures were included.

  10. Saw it yesterday. This is for the under-30 crowd only. I don’t find a bunch of screenwriters and I use that term loosely sitting around a table saying “Let’s throw in a tiger, wait I got it, add a baby, no wait, how about Mike Tyson punching somebody, no wait I got it, a naked Asian guy in a car trunk…” to be productive of anything that can be called quality. Trite site gag after trite site gag, but the brain dead young’ins who got out of Mom’s basement long enough to see it did love it.

  11. I thought his movie was hilarious. I laughed all the way through it and the photos at the end were priceless. Each one was funnier than the next. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a comedy that I loved so much I could watch it again, but this is one I could watch over and over. Can’t wait for it to buy on dvd.

  12. Although certain scenes were hilarous, I definately don’t think its all the hype that folks are making it out to be. I guess it depends on your humor, but some of it was a bit stupid. And it dragged a little too….

  13. carlos was awesome, cute little guy

  14. I enjoyed it, but would have given it probably 3.5 out of 5, maybe 4. I wasn’t bored at all, as some people seemed to think it dragged. Some of the pictures at the end I could have lived without (You know which picture I’m talking about Vic).

    I do have one question though: What the heck was up with the chicken?! 8)

  15. I loved this movie, I don’t remember a part where I wasn’t laughing with my buds. For the one that said this is for the under 30 crowd. I dunno man, I was shocked to see a couple of gray hairs in there laughing with us. Thought that was pretty awesome in its self.

  16. Excellent movie. I’m almost scared at the fact I know TWO people like Zack Galifianakis’ character!

    4.5/5 from me. Second best movie of the year easily!

  17. I just saw it last night; I hadn’t laughed that hard in the theater in a long while.

  18. It’s definitely up there as one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Every gag was a surprise…LOL

    It was alot of fun.

  19. Yeah I’d have to argue with the ‘under-30′ pidgeon-holing…. I (35, a mom) saw it with my dad (65, Rhodes Scholar) for Father’s Day, and we both enjoyed many laughs! (Although I was a bit chagrined to be next to him for a few of the shots/lines!!) Definitely a crowd-pleaser, for all types who have easy-going senses of humour. See me review it with my Dad at http://www.youtube.com/gabndad

  20. Im 25. I didnt really like it. It was ok, but i dont see why everyone is making such a big deal out of it.

  21. I’m usually not a fan of the stupid can’t believe they’re doing that kinda comedies; however, this movie was hilarious!! I would even say it’s the funniest movie I’ve ever seen…didn’t stop laughing throughout the entire movie

  22. Pretty disappointing. The plot is surprisingly sound but I would’ve thought the outrageous setups would result in huge laughs but at most I had some mild chuckles. The Tyson bit was very disappointing, it looked a lot funnier in the trailer. Someone seems to have confused gross with funny one too many times in this movie.

    It’s telling when the funniest part of the movie are the photos after the movie itself is over. Probably the only time I laughed out loud. This movie is overrated.

  23. @vid
    Actually, I was more disgusted with some of those photos at the end than with the rest of the movie.

  24. the movie is really great but where does the idea come from …hummm
    go there and make your own opinion…4 years ago!!!

    http://vimeo.com/5407111

    and you’ll know the destiny of the chicken!

  25. I can see why The Hangover is of this summer’s biggest hits. First, it’s funny as hell. Any movie that can weave a baby, a missing tooth, and Mike Tyson into its plot is comedic gold. Second, the cast perfectly play off each other. Bradley Cooper’s sleazy outspoken Phil, The Office’s Ed Helms’s whipped but goodhearted Stu, Zach Galifanakis’s indescribable Alan and Justin Bartha as Doug, the Groom, pull off each gag (No matter how gross), insult and wisecrack with great comedic timing. Third, Director, Todd Philips and Screenwriters, John Lucus and Scott Moore used a different approach to tell a standard comedic story. They focus on the characters finding out what happened at the Bachelor Party instead of seeing their antics that night. Their reactions to their antics in scenes such as when Phil, Stu and Alan go to the hospital to find Doug or seeing themselves on Tyson’s security cameras are hilarious. I especially, enjoyed the twists and turns in the story such as what happened to Doug during the Bachelor Party. It was great to see some surprises in a comedy instead of the standard set-up the joke plotting. The Hangover’s success proves that not only do audiences want to laugh at the movies but also want to see well-made comedies.

    -BobsViews

  26. Funniest Film I have ever seen.

    The thought that went into the writing was incredible. Funny as hell.

    Congratulations, awesome movie.

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