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It is perhaps just nostalgia on my part but watching this film last night brought me back to 2009, when 'The Hangover' was released. For a good two/three months then everyone talked about it - and I mean absolutely everyone. This film was god level among its comedy contemporaries - at least it was considered so at the time - and viewing this with a bunch of mates (all of whom had gone their separate ways in life after university, had reunited and watched this film together) was something actually quite magical. I don't drink anymore, but it was a great deal of fun to watch this film with the gang - not unlike the wolfpack - all back together!
Of course most of us can relate to a lot of what happens in 'The Hangover' - drunken nights leading to mistakes (and misremembering) are pretty universal - but the film decides instead to take 'typical' events to a hilarious extreme. The film follows 4 men (of varying levels of IQ and attractiveness), one of whom is getting married. Naturally, in true American style, the men choose to hold a stag party in Las Vegas... but the night gets a little out of hand. The next morning the guys wake up to find themselves completely oblivious of the night before, a tiger in their hotel bathroom(!) and missing the groom-to-be, and embark on what can only be described as a madcap mystery trail to figure out just what the heck happened.
And the film's fantastic in every way: the story (they manage to weave in Mike Tyson in an absolutely hilarious cameo), the characters (Zach Galifianakis' Alan is the firm favourite, but all characters have their moments to shine), the cinematography (gorgeous shots of Las Vegas) and the music (superbly stylish hip-hop... and an original song or two). I have watched it two or three times since I first saw it, and it does always bring me back to that original night at the cinema. The film's popular because the unison of the lead characters is completely relatable, with palpable, believable chemistry, and because it has a surprising amount of heart for a 'bro' comedy.
It might just be because it's absolutely hilarious, though. Get it watched!
If you enjoyed 'Dude Where's my Car' then you'll love this.
Hands up if anything that happens in this movie has ever happened to you? Waking up in a trashed room with no recollection of what happened the night before, a tiger in the bathroom and a baby in the wardrobe (perhaps not), the drunken tattoo (only me??), and the hangover of a lifetime.
This movie could not have been cast any better; Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis at their absolute best. The effortless humour and chemistry between the cast is pure genious. What could have been a trying too hard, crass, offensive and slapstick movie just worked.
Hangover tells the story of a bachelor party in Las Vegas where after a night of drunken debauchery results in the groom having gone missing just days before his wedding. The groomsmen aka the Wolfpack, have to retrace their steps and try and figure exactly what the hell happened the night before, lurching from one crisis to another, they really are in a race against time.
The groom was the only character I didn't really like, so I didn't really care if they found him or not.
I thought this movie would have been aimed at men but the one liners ensure that women can enjoy this just as much.
This really is a laugh out loud comedy that will have you in stitches for days.
Film Only Review:
Doug (Justin Bartha) is about to get married to his sweetheart Tracy (Sacha Barrese) and is going on his last little break of freedom to Las vegas with her brother Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and his mates Stu (Ed Helms) who is a dentist and his other mate, a teacher, Phil (Bradly Cooper).
They decide to take the road trip to L.A in a car borrowed from Tracy and Alans dad (his pride and joy) and go to stay at Caesars palace overnight.
Off they go for a night out starting on the roof of Caesars palace drinking a shot each and thats where we leave them till the following morning when their suite is looking like a bombs hit it with cans and bottles everywhre however thats not the worst of it! There is a tiger in the bathroom, a chicken wandering about like he owns the place, a baby in a cupboard and a mattress on a statue outside the hotel. Worst of all the car has gone missing along with their memories and the groom!
So what can you do? Well with no memory of the night before you have to try retrace your steps of course but with little to go on and the date of the wedding the next day you better work it all out fast right?!
We go on a mad adventure and disaster after disaster trying to put the pieces together. The tiger is stolen from a top boxer who isnt happy about it or Alan peeing in his pool after it all being captured by his security cameras. Theres been a wedding and the baby belongs to the new wife of one of the men but who is she, where is she and the biggest problem...well one of them has given her a ring meant to be for his actual girlfriend. Why is there is a naked man in the boot of the car when they find it going mad and later why does he want 80000 dollars from them or someone may die? There biggest problem is still looking for Doug why have they got no car and a police car and when they get arrested can they get out of it, they need to find Doug!? Where is Doug and will one of them remember in time for his to get married bliss?
If you seen Bridesmaids this is like the mens version of that though a hell of a lot funnier in fairness and me and my mate loved this film. Its funny, it flows and Zach stole the whole show for me, making me giggle even when he'd said or done nothing. His character was so funny, efiminate and a butt of a lot of jokes. Leslie Chow who was the chinese gansgster in the film, who was originally the naked man in the boot was so flamboyant and hilarious with his speech and manner too that I'd like to see the actor that played him (Ken Jeong) in other things and will be looking out for his name in future.
Yes in places it did drag slightly but the comedy moments and rude, expressive language did make up for it and my mate gave this film a mighty 5 out of out of 5, me a little less generous 4 out of 5 due to the slight dragging of its feet in the middle of the story. It was nice to see Caesars palace in all its glory and finery and am glad I own this one as I am sure I will watch it time and time in the future!
Rated 15, run time of 100 minutes.
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film which was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis. The film was made on a budget of 35m dollars, but took in a worldwide gross of over 450m. It won a host of accolades, including a golden globe for comedy.
It follows the characters of Phil, Stu, and Alan, who awaken in Las Vegas after a bachelor party to find they have no memory of the previous night's events and are missing their friend Doug, whose wedding is scheduled to occur the next day. The story is portrayed by these actors as they search across Vegas attempting to retrace their steps, whilst encountering a number of great troubles, in order to find their friend. The story was partially inspired by the filmmakers' real-life misadventures.
The Hangover is a really great comedy film. Large parts of it cannot be taken seriously, but this is all of its fun. It is a laugh, something you can sit at home and not take too seriously, and enjoy. A true comedy masterpiece.
Great for a laugh, well worth a watch.
I was late to watch this film. Everyone raved about it when it was at the cinema and I saw the preview with Mike Tyson but thought that was probably the best part of the film. I was completely wrong. This film had me in stitches from the beginning to end. The jokes are politically incorrect and the humour is sick.
It is not just filled with random jokes, there is an actual storyline. Four guys go to Las Vegas for a stag do, one of the guys being the stag's brother in law. They wake up the following morning not remembering the night before and unable to find the groom to be. They have to retrace their steps to find him and find that they had a crazy night. Even though the story seems quite far fetched, if you have every been out on a crazy night out with your friend's, you may be able to relate!!
Where do you being to start with this laugh a minute classic. I may be slightly biased here as this film came out at the cinema just before my and seven mates were due a trip to Vegas. It gave us an insight into what we could get up to even if the stories in the film are a bit far fetched. For example we had a bet that we would somehow steal a tiger and get it into out hotel room and surprisingly that never happened ;-)
I digress so back to the film itself, I am often a bit of a sceptic and never think films live up to the expectations set for it, and however this completely blew me out of the water! The story lines and acting was top draw, each character in the film had a completely different personality which added their own take on the stories making it brilliant to see how different people react to the same thing.
I have now seen this four times and love every minute of each time, I would recommend this one hundred percent.
This 2009 film was another one of the those surprise american comedies that I thought would be a bit lame, but the trailer gave me an incling that this could be damn funny. Director Todd Phillips lets boys be boys in his films, like old school, due date and Road trip and whats more fun then DUDES NIGHT OUT !
Synopsis: The sotry centres around a road trip to celebrate Dougs (Justin Bartha) last days as a free man, the stag do takes place in las vegas. Dougs three mates; the Down trodden Stu (Ed Helms) the dentist is lying to his over enforsive fiance to get just one moment away for her, the cooler teacher Phil (Bradley Cooper) has tricked his class into giving him money for a schooltrip and intends to win big in vegas..he represents the more trendsetting of the group and Alan, Dougs future brother in law, who he feels sorry for and so invites him to tag along. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is a bit a strange one, sporting a fat belly, a short stature and very ruffled beard, hes just glad to be out and one of the guys for once, rather than left on the sidelines. A suite good enough for the president in ceasers palace and a spiked shot of jaegermeitser later things start to go wrong...cut to waking up, there a chicken in the front room, the place looks like big brothers contestants stayed there and there a tiger in the bathroom, top that with the fact you have a headache like someone kicked it all night , someone lost a tooth and the groom is no where to be seen.
ThiS was a superbly funny film, the lads try to piece together what happened to doug and their faces ! As they pick up small clues along the way they go back (almost in reverse) what happened the night before. They try to find Doug, but they have an irrite chinese man in their boot to deal with, Mike tyson is properly p@ssed off with them, they nicked a cops car and Stu married a stripper !
Ed helms was great as the under the thumb dentist, as he is in the office. Cooper was also very good but his character was easier I think as long as you look good you can pull it off. I dont think Bathas had much to do in the film really. But the star turn goes to Zach G- this film launched him and unfortunately it seems that other then 'dinner for schmucks' he will now play the Alan character in every film ! just like the guys in superbad who do the same characters...all the time ! Mike Tyson was fantastic as himself and you really get the impression hes pretty annoyed- lovely right hook !! Heather Graham is hot and bothered as the stripper with the holocaust ring, again a fairly easy role to play and youre glad shes ends up with Stu at the end. Rob Riggle is hilarious as always as the revenge bent cop ! again see his performances in the office (3rd season) as Capt Jack ! brilliant
The scene were everyone finds the camera which accurately documents the night is hilarious, a similar cut scene montage plays out in 'the other guys'.
This is definately one of Todd Phillips better films but I fear he will go back to making mediocre films after this.
Well, it's exam time. This means that I should be revising all the time, eating copiously and feeling exceptionally stressed. I am, however, fairly relaxed about the whole thing, on a diet and spending just as much time watching telly and DVDs as I normally do. I feel it's important to accept your flaws and I've come to embrace my sins of procrastination and chronic laziness like old friends, while hard work and doing things in a timely manner are little more than acquaintances. It's maybe not the best revision plan but I seem to manage to pull it together in the exams so I'm not getting too worried about it. Anyway, a few of my friends were getting bored with revision and sitting home not really doing anything and so when one girl brought her DVD folder along when we went out for tea the other night I decided to have a look to see if there was anything I fancied borrowing. She mainly had rom coms and big blockbuster stuff and I had seen most of them before and thought many of the others wouldn't be to my taste, but still managed to come away with four films that I either hadn't seen before or was fairly keen to re-watch. One of these films was The Hangover.
Despite it being reviewed positively and a lot of my friends saying it was an amazing film, I managed to miss it when it came out in 2009. I mainly wait to see mainstream hit films when they come out on DVD and have gone down in price a bit, preferring to only see films I'm desperate to watch (such as Harry Potter) or independent films in the cinema, so that will explain why I didn't see it at the time, but was keen to see it since I could borrow it from my friend for free. Everyone was flabbergasted that I hadn't seen it as they all thought it was an amazing flick and so insisted that I watch it immediately, as well. Who am I to disappoint?
The Hangover is an American comedy film from 2009 about four men who go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party and then wake up the next day with no recollection of the previous night's events. Not a fantastically original premise for a film, you must admit, but I have to say that the story of them trying to find out why one of them has lost a tooth, where the groom has gone and, probably most importantly, why there is a tiger in the bathroom, does actually make a funny and enjoyable film. Pretty much all of the events of the film are at best unlikely and ridiculous, but it's not difficult to suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours to enjoy the film.
The writing in this film is, I have to say, fairly excellent, with some really laugh-out-loud lines that are instantly quotable. The characters don't have any massive depth but have sufficient backstories and individual personalities for them not to seem like just one group of four very similar guys. I will say, however, that it is the events of the film and the funny dialogue that makes this film and although it is well written, this film is certainly not a character piece and there is little development throughout. I actually found it difficult to remember each of the characters' names while watching the film apart from that of the groom (Doug), as they all had fairly common unmemorable names, but there weren't many times during the film in which this was a problem or that I found myself wondering who they were talking about.
I really enjoyed watching this film by myself but I imagine that if you see it with a group of friends it would probably be even better, as people tend to laugh more and enjoy funny things when there are other people around rather than when they're by themselves. I would say that this would be a fairly perfect light-hearted comedy film to watch if you were having a night in with friends watching DVDs, as it will definitely cause many people to laugh out loud and has the added benefit of being enjoyable by both men and women. The main protagonists are all male but there is nothing about this film (that I can see) that means it wouldn't be enjoyed just as much by women, and as I woman I have to say that I loved it. I'd also say that it would probably appeal to a large age group, with anyone who likes comedy that often borders on the silly and outrageous likely to be entertained by it. It is rated 15, which is presumably due to swearing and some adult content, as there wasn't a lot of nudity or violence as far as I can recall.
In conclusion, The Hangover was a great, comedy film, which I am glad I finally got around to watching. It is currently only £4.49 on Amazon, which I would say is an absolute bargain. I will have to return the DVD to my friend and so won't be able to watch it again in the near future, but this is definitely a comedy that I would be very happy to see again if the opportunity arose.
Vegas Baby!! Sin City, the home of stag do's hosts 4 guys for the night to end all nights celebrating Doug's forthcoming marriage.
To begin with we don't see the night, we just see the toast and then we see the carnage, and it can only be described as carnage when they wake up in the morning. The best thing about it is that they don't remember a thing about the night before, must have been a good night then. Having purchased a $4200 suite to stay in they wake up to find it trashed, truly and utterly unrepairable! The credit card on file just happens to be that of the guy who's girlfriend thinks he is in Napa Valley wine tasting and has no idea that he has gone to Vegas.
With live tigers, a wedding, guns and then to top it all, a very cute baby boy they start to realise that they had a very busy night. What I find funny is that they don't go to the front desk to let them know that they have a tiger in their bathroom or a baby, they firstly go to breakfast to figure out what they did last night. They could really get in trouble for having the baby but I guess that is part of the comedy and a bit fun but I have to say I didn't really like this part.
They all look a mess too which I think is great, red bleary eyes that haven't seen any sleep, messy and that alcohol induced . Once they all take stock of their situation they realise the stag, Doug is missing. His wedding is the next day. Bit by bit they start to unravel the night before. They figure out they went to a number of different clubs and that one of them was in the hospital, then they see a mattress and bed that was thrown out of the window last night. That start visiting all the places they went to to try and find Doug.
This is such a guy movie, there are so many crude jokes, butt cracks, boobs etc. I did find it funny but not amazingly funny but it was a bit predictable and stereotypical of all the things a guy can get up to on their stag do. What I missed is seeing a lot of vegas, I love Vegas and they didn't really show too much of the clubs or the strip itself which I thought was a disappointment.
One of the main characters is the gorgeous Bradley Cooper. To me he is the epitome of a cool guy and works perfectly in this movie. The cute Heather Graham plays a stripper who they met last night and who becomes integral to their story and situation, again another stereotype of strippers and Vegas.
Apparently, according to an article I read, "The plot was reportedly inspired by a real event that happened to Tripp Vinson, a producer friend of The Hangover executive producer Chris Bender. Vinson had gone missing from his own Las Vegas bachelor party, blacking out and waking up "in a strip club being threatened with a very, very large bill [he] was supposed to pay". I can actually believe this as Vegas is a crazy place and as they say, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!"
The DVD was released in 2009. Extras on this DVD include background locations, Ken Jeong's hilarious improvisations, compilation of all the physical comedy, Three Best Friends Song, The Dan Band perform 'Fame', Gag reel and still image gallery.
The Hangover is a Todd Phillips comedy and was one of the best film's of 2009 for me. A comedy road trip based around a guy's stag do that could so easily have resorted to American Pie-esque slapstick, but instead mixes its stupidity with some profound moments to create a film that makes you laugh, keeps you involved and that you will really want to see again.
The film is based around the night after an epic Stag Night in Las Vegas as three guys wake up and try to piece together why there is a baby in their cupboard, a tiger in the bathroom of their hotel, a police car parked out front and most importantly, where the hell the wedding groom is, as they have one day to get him home for the wedding ceremony.
Throw in Mike Tyson as himself an angry naked Chinese man, a marriage of one of the stag party and you have a film that is consistently funny from start to finish. The main point of the film is where is the groom? And will he get home for his wedding? But is it? For me the main point of the film is finding out what the hell happened the night before to have created such chaos, it's a hell of a lot of fun finding out.
I have to admit quite often you'll find my reviews panning American comedies for either wanting to tittilate or just being plain stupid. This is a comedy for adults that hits the right mark on every level. The story is funny, the characters are all funny, except for the Bride Groom, who is the straight man, but he's missing for most of the film, and the writing and set pieces are excellent too.
You know it's a bit more than your average comedy flick from the opening scene as a ravaged looking Phil (Bradley Cooper) calls the bride to be, to tell her they've lost her fiancé and the wedding won't happen. We then flash back two days to see how the whole story unravels. Doug (Justin Bartha) is the groom getting married, Phil is his best man, a teacher by trade, he is a wild and uncompromising guy, looking for sex, booze and lots of fun. Stu (Ed Helms) is their other best friend, a dentist who is totally under the thumb of his aggressive girlfriend, finally, Doug is asked to take along his fiance's brother Alan (Zach Galifianakis) an overweight buffoon who is totally the wrong side of socially acceptable, a man with no friends and injunctions stopping him visiting schools, he is the catalyst for just about everything that goes wrong on the trip.
Following a night of Jagermeisters and wildness, the three guys who aren't getting married wake up to find Doug missing, a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet, a Police car parked in Phil's name
Outside the hotel, Stu covered in blood with missing teeth and one character having his belly button pierced. They now have to find out what the hell happened on a night none of them will ever forget......or remember.
Heading off in the Police Car to look for Doug there are more surprises, a chinese mobster and Mike Tyson showing a great love of the music of Phil Collins, both are people the guys have somehow upset on their drunken rampage.
From there the story opens out as they piece together what happened, why and how they can resolve it.
I absolutely loved the film, I found all of the main characters excellent in their own ways. Bradley Cooper makes the leap from supporting actor to main star perfectly and has the right mix of snarly insolence and realisation that he is out of his depth. Ed Helms plays the straightman who isn't quite as straight as he makes out, as the partying get's started while Zack Galifianakis is excellent as the wayward and disturbed Alan, almost every line he utters is comedy gold, his performance is all encompassing and reminded me of Belushi in Animal House, he has an energy you can't help but be mesmerised by, but also a certain child like innocence and need to be loved. I watched him in another film where he played a suicidal man and he had that same energy, but here it is harnessed to allow him to play and out and out wacko with a heart of gold.
Ed Helms is also excellent as Stu, he has proven in the Office, an American Workplace that he is an excellent comedy actor, but here he mixes a staid personality with some wild behaviour to hilarious effect.
The situations are real enough, but all have comedic value, from discovering a naked man in the police car boot, to being tazered in the balls, these aren't simply for fun, all these things have effects on the characters and story. The film pieces things together from CCTV, which is hilarious, peoples stories of what they saw and horrible memories, it is a laugh a minute and has action, car chases, shootings and tigers. Even getting a baby caught in a door, which would naturally be awful, is given a spin
Heather Graham offers strong support as the tart with a heart who is somehow embroiled in the adventure, whilst Ken Jeong is comedy gold as the Chinese Mobster wronged by our heroes, he is a close second to Galifianakis as the funniest person in the film, full of anger and energy and definitely someone we will see more of in many comedies to come.
While the ending is a little bit lame, the journey is what this is all about and the journey is filled with brilliant set pieces, but also self-realisation for all three characters as Phil realises that his life is perhaps not what he wants it to be, Stu realises that he is living a lie and Alan realises that he can be friends with people and doesn't always have to do extreme things to make friends.
The film has a bit heart, will have you laughing loud and often and really is one of the best comedic films I have seen in a long time.
We bought our DVD copy on Amazon for £6.99 a while ago, I have to say of all my friends who have seen it, about 95% loved it and the other 5% would never have enjoyed it anyway.
Funniest moment - Either the car boot scene or the first realisation of what the hell they've done.
Funniest Character - For me I think Alan is the star of the film, but the other two guys are perfect in their roles.
Best Performance by a Former World Boxing Champion - 'Iron' Mike Tyson puts in a decent comedy performance as himself as he comes to meet the guys and discuss why they did what they did to him. Very funny!
Bradley Cooper... Phil Wenneck
Ed Helms... Stu Price
Zach Galifianakis... Alan Garner
Justin Bartha... Doug Billings
Heather Graham... Jade
Sasha Barrese... Tracy Garner
Jeffrey Tambor... Sid Garner
Ken Jeong... Mr. Chow
Rachael Harris... Melissa
Mike Tyson... Himself
Mike Epps.. Black Doug
Jernard Burks... Leonard
Rob Riggle... Officer Franklin
Cleo King... Officer Garden
Bryan Callen... Eddie Palermo
This film is about a group of guys who go to Las Vegas for a stag do. The guys wake up the next morning to find the groom missing and do not remember what happened the night before but find that there is a tiger and a baby in their hotel room. They decide they need to retrace their steps to find out what happened in order to find the groom and also to return the baby they have somehow acquired. Along the way they find out that one of them has got married to an escourt, the police are after them for stealing a car, thugs are after them for stealing money and they have also stolen Mike Tyson's tiger. You will not believe how much trouble they get into in one night.
This film is so funny. It really is a laugh from start to finish and just shows that no good can come from drinking too much in Vegas. It is a really fast paced film and is never boring as there is always some action on screen and another mess that the guys have got themselves into.
The actors in it are really good and very good at the comedy and are definately believable in their roles and add to the brilliance of this film.
I would definately recommend this film and think it will appeal to both men and women as there is something for everyone in it and will have both laughing out loud. I think it gives a good insight in what men can get up to on a stag do and definately shows men how not to behave.
Such a laugh.
When I first watched this movie it was in the cinema, maybe I wasn't in the comedy style mood that day but I just couldn't find myself to enjoy this movie but when I watched it the second time I found myself really enjoying it.
It's about a group of friends going to Vegas to do the typical style stag of getting drunk and having a good time, but with them waking in the morning to loads of hilarious problems to deal with.
I found all the characters worked well together to make this movie funny to watch all the way through.
It's the movie you can watch with friends or your partner on a Friday or Saturday night when you don't fancy going out but fancy staying in watching a film with a good take away.
It will also make you say NO to your partner when they say they want to go Vegas for their stag or hen weekend.
I love the movie and have watched 6 times in a week already, would recommend to anybody.
The running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes which is just the right amount of time for a film.
When Doug Billings heads to Las Vegas with two of his friends and his fiancée's brother two days before the wedding he intends to be sensible. Within hours of arriving though the foursome set out on a drinking session of epic proportion. The morning after three of the party wake up in a trashed hotel suite to find that Doug is missing. Now they have to find their friend but as they cant remember anything of the night before it's not going to be that easy. They have to piece things together through clues and try to track Doug down but can they find him and get him back to LA in time for the wedding.
I have to admit to being unsure about The Hangover. It had earned rave reviews and a lot of people seemed to be talking it up but there was always a danger that it wouldn't be as good as everyone made out. For that reason I avoided The Hangover for almost a year after it's release but finally gave in and decided to watch it during the week. I was expecting a reasonably funny movie, but what I got was perhaps one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time. It would be fair to say that despite the rave reviews I'd never expected it to be as good as it is.
I'd seen a couple of director Todd Phillips previous movies and whilst I'd enjoyed the likes of Old School and Starsky and Hutch one of his really stood out for me and that was Road Trip. Just like Road Trip I felt the Hangover, whilst sitting firmly in the buddy comedy genre brought something new and fresh to the table. The way he shoots the film is excellent and you only find out what happened as the three main characters have flash backs to the night before. In a way Phillips has captured that morning after a drunken night out feel perfectly and the film feels like one of those conversations where you reminisce about a good night out, only the characters night had a slightly different outcome.
The specials effects work very well where needed and all of the scenes look smooth and well thought out. In particular the scenes with the gangsters and also the one with the lion in the bathroom are very well done and not just treated as an out and out gag. The script s very clever and really captures some of the funniest drinking moments and mixes them with some rather more bizarre instances to create a fast paced plot that has you laughing from the start and at the same time wondering what has happened to Doug and I they'll make it back in time.
Whilst the script and direction were good, the casting seemed to be almost perfect. In the 4 lead roles the casting of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha was almost perfect. All 4 manage to get the characteristics down to a tea and play off each other particularly well to create some of the funniest moments in the movie. The more movies I see Bradley Cooper in the more I like him and in this sort of comedy role he seems to fit perfectly. The same can be said about Justin Bartha whose portrayal of the stories Groom Doug works very well.
Of course the rest of the cast are there to help tell the story of the lead characters but there are some very good performances here as well. In particular I was quite impressed by Heather Graham as the stripper who marries Ed Helms character. There is a good connection between them and it seems to work and be far more convincing than the onscreen connection between him and his wife. It all plays into the overall appeal of the film and it's a combination of great cast, decent plot and good direction that makes the hangover far better than it perhaps should have been.
Overall despite my concerns about all the hype I am glad I gave in and watched the Hangover. It offers something different to a number of recent comedy movies and puts the characters into situations that groups of friends can find themselves in after a heavy night, although a few of them were perhaps more extreme examples of this. It s a clever film that works on a number of levels and will appeal to just about everyone. Of course there are some rather vulgar jokes but they are used at the right times and somehow it all seems to come together and work. I will admit to being dubious about the hangover to begin with but that soon faded and I'm glad I watched what for me is one of the best films of last year.
-----Basic Plot Setup-----
Its Dougs wedding day is approaching and him and 3 friends are off to Las Vegas for his stag party. They wake up the next day with their hotel room trashed, a tiger in the bathroom,a baby in a cupboard, and the groom is missing. We spend the rest of the film as the 3 friends try to find the groom before the wedding starts.
Doug (played by Justin Bartha): Its his wedding day and he's missing, oh no! We don't see much of him during the film since we don't know where he is for most of it, and he isn't a main character despite the film kind of being about him. He is the most normal and easy to relate to character of the film.
Phil (played by Bradley Cooper): Dougs best friends and a school teacher who is bored of married life. Of the 3 group of friends he is most like the leader of the group. He isn't too bothered about rules, and likes to go about things the way he thinks best.
Syu (played by Ed Helms): Dougs other friends, he is a dentist and is in a bad relationship, with a wife who cheated on him, but he is too scared to do anything about it. He is the most nerd like character of the group, he likes to follow the rules and is scared of any sort of trouble (he very much contrasts Phil's character, providing funny moments where the 2 friends have different opinions of how they should go about something).
Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis): Is the brother of the bride and Dougs soon to be brother in law. He is socially awkward, and wasn't friends with the Stu or Phil before the events of the film, having only met a few times. His best moments are went we get an insight into his unique view of things. For example: "It would be so cool if I could breast-feed".
Jade (played by Heather Graham): Is a prostitute who part times as a stripper as a way of meeting clients. While tracing their steps back to find Doug, they meet Jade and a relationship forms between her and one of the characters. Despite her job description he is a sweet and friendly character.
Mr Chow (played by Ken Jeong): My Chow is an over the top Chinese gangster, who wants the money back the friends don't remember losing him, and in return he says he'll give them Doug back. He is a very crude character, and the part is very overacted, but in a funny way, and isn't in the movie so much that it feels overdone and annoying.
The film opens with Phil phoning Tracey (Dougs soon to be wife) informing her that they have lost Doug, and that it doesn't look like the wedding is going to happen. We then cut to Doug and Alan trying on the suits before they head off to Las Vegas, we are they slowing introduced to each character as they go to pick each one of them up.
Soon later they arrive in Vegas and because their best friend is getting married order the most expensive room in the hotel, they wow at the suite before heading to the roof toasting to their best friends wedding.
We then find the characters waking up to what is their worst hangover ever, and their journey of trying to find Doug starts.
This has to be one of the funniest films I have ever seen, the 3 main characters are all very different people, but they still have a really good chemistry, and you really believe they are good friends.
The laughs comes from the ridiculous situations the cast get themselves into and how they deal with them, such situations includes; returning a stolen tiger to Mike Tyson who makes a cameo appearance in the film (playing himself), and trying not to get arrested for stealing a trashing a police car. The difficulties that they manage to get themselves into seem highly unlikely, but you don't doubt them and just go a long with it and enjoy the ride.
The stand-out performance for me in from Zach Galifianakis who plays Alan, whose socially awkward and quirky ways are hilarious. At first he is a bit of the outcast from the rest of the group but they soon learn to love him and much as we as an audience do. He has some of the best lines in the film, including my favourite quote:
Alan Garner: Gambling? Who said anything about gambling? It's not gambling when you know you're gonna win. Counting cards is a foolproof system.
Stu Price: It's also illegal.
Alan Garner: It's not illegal. It's frowned upon, like masturbating on an airplane.
Phil Wenneck: I'm pretty sure that's illegal too.
Alan Garner: Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, bin Laden.
The other 2 characters are both really funny too, with Stu's usually completely understanding reasoning for not doing something being ignored by the free caring Phil, while Alan will do whatever he thinks will make him look coolest, which normally means siding with Phil.
There is also good character development with both Phil and Stu realising their faults and becoming better people at the end of the film, and you leave the characters feeling happy with their individual conclusions. This doesn't apply to Alan whose character was already perfect, and it wouldn't have suited him to change too much, as his flaws what made him funny.
The only negative I have with the film is that the ending of the film is a bit anti climatic with the conclusion to the where is Doug story being a bit too easy, and seems that all they worked up to was unnecessary and all it took was one line to get the answer. However this doesn't really matter too much as you have so much fun and laughs getting there.
Small clues are dropped throughout the film as to where Doug is, and if you're clever and manage to get the answer before the characters (unlike me), then there is also a sense of accomplishment in that.
The laughs don't end at the credits though, as during the credits after finding the photos of that fateful night before, they are played in a slideshow, and we see exactly what they got up to.
There aren't many special feature on the DVD, but the ones that are included are:
-Map of Destruction (15 mins)
-Gag Reel (8 mins 43 secs)
-Three best friends song (1 min 52 secs)
Map of destruction traces the steps the cast took in Las Vegas showing the real set locations and the filming that took place. This is an average extra and provides a short but quite enjoyable look behind the scenes
Gag Reel, is just like any gag reel, and provides some good laughs, and gag reels are always funnier from comedy actors.
Three best friends song show the cast freestyling their own song, like the one that is sung Zachs character (Alan) in the movie.
The DVD can be easily found at any good online and offline DVD retailer, and is available now for only £4.99 from Amazon or Play.com, and is definitely worth the money.
The best comedy film I've seen in ages and winner of Golden Globe award for best musical or comedy. Great characters with great chemistry provide a ton of laughs from start to finish. The adventures they get into are ridiculous and hilarious as the same time a definite recommend to anyone.
Watch this film if you liked: Old School
Director: Todd Philips
Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Running time: 99 minutes
Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Doug is set to get married to Tracy, but before he does he intends to have a traditional stag night with his very different best friends, Phil and Stu, and his very strange soon-to-be brother-in-law, Alan. The gang travel to Las Vegas in Doug's soon-to-be father-in-law's beloved vintage Mercedes. They book into a luxury villa and toast their intended night of excess. The next morning Phil, Stu and Alan awake in the villa with no recollection of the night that has just passed. Stu, who is a dentist, has a tooth missing, Phil has a hospital bracelet, the villa is in a state of severe disarray, there's a baby in the closet, a tiger in the bathroom, Doug's mattress is impaled on a statue outside and Doug is missing...
It is fair to say that this film has garnered something of a cult status among the 18-25 year old demographic. Zach Galifianakis's career has taken off in earnest due to his portrayal of the very odd Alan. The film also won a Golden Globe in its genre and has grossed enough money to ensure the production of a sequel. Aside from Galifianaki's success, the film has also received a high amount of praise for its writing.
What's good about it?
The film has funny dialogue and the cast is all present and correct for their timing. It all flows well and provides a descent balance and selection of gags including slapstick, gross out and the still popular "awkward" humour. This is all strung together with a reasonable if very predictable storyline. The obligatory life lessons fit comfortably into the film's framework.
What bad about it?
Whichever way you look at it, this is a formulaic comedy picture. It rises and falls on the principles set down by its genre. We have been here many times before. Obvious influences include "Bachelor Party", the road movie genre and the "fish out of water" themed pictures. The gross out or bad taste elements come from the Farrelly brother's brand of humour. The awkward humour was pioneered by the likes of Alan Partridge, Larry David, Ricky Gervais et al. Okay, I fully appreciate that nothing is new except for the very old, but "The Hangover" doesn't do anything especially memorable with any of these influences. Instead it just plays a simple tune using mainly the Adam Sandler formula cranked up for a more adult audience. The life lessons and the guest celebrity, in this case Mike Tyson, are all very Sandler. The only main difference being that the film focuses on more than one individual.
The film runs at an even tempo, is funny in parts and fits together well. However, it is very typical of the time it was produced, giving the feel of a "painting by the numbers" style of picture rather than a standout comedy masterpiece with an original vision. It's an enjoyable romp if not particularly memorable.