Sunday, June 07, 2009
Movie Reviews: THE HANGOVER
Two days before his wedding, Doug and three friends drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. In fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing; nor can they find Doug. With little time to spare, the three hazy pals try to re-trace their steps and find Doug so they can get him back to Los Angeles in time to walk down the aisle.
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor
Director: Todd Phillips
Opened June 5, 2009
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rated R for some drug material, pervasive language, sexual content and nudity
Genres: Farce, Comedy
Sometimes the best party nights are best left to the forgotten abyss but when you wake up with a trashed suite, missing groom, a baby and a tiger in the bathroom you just have find out what happened. Todd Phillips raucous and strangely inventive what the hell happened last night comedy is varying levels of fun throughout. Phillips’ takes what could be a fairly paint by the numbers scenario and turns it into something enjoyable and thoroughly insane. The cast works well together with Copper, Helms and Galifianakis getting the majority of the screen time. Bradley Copper brings a sort of arrogances and alpha male quality to Phil which fits his characters type similar to Vince Vaughn’s character Old School also directed by Phillips. The Office’s Ed Helms is wonderfully neurotic and he cycles between moments of clarity and paranoid fervor over what he did last night. Zach Galifianakis brings a blind childlike innocence to his “bearded Jesus” who might be an idiot savant. Heather Graham has a small supporting role as the nicest bride/stripper/hooker/mom on the Vegas strip. Ken Jeong has plenty of fun as a gay Asian stereotype mobster whose trash talk is almost as funny as the beatdown he puts on the three dazed and confused hungover trifecta. Mike Tyson has great extended cameo and mostly plays a straight man that’s had something stolen from him. The script is fun and it’ll probably recall a lot of day after where the party does and doesn’t look as fun in the daylight. There are some small miscues mainly the film loses a little steam once they find the groom and the characters are clearly types as opposed to fully realized people. Small complaints and nothing really earth shattering and it definitely doesn’t bring down any of the R rated fun. From Road Trip to Old School and now The Hangover (we’ll ignore Starsky and Hutch) Todd Phillips has shown a great ability to deliver some great comedies.