The Hangover (2009)

Hangover, The

Release Date: June 5, 2009

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms

Runtime: 100 min

Tagline: Some guys just can’t handle Vegas.

Doug is getting married. So by tradition, him and a few friends go to Vegas as a bachelor party.

In this wolf pack there is Phil, the practical leader of the group; Stu, the smart dentist, and the newcomer to the group, Alan the guy with the one man wolf pack, and who is like a gremlin because he just comes with so many rules. After a night of partying, they wake up to the hotelroom trashed, a tiger in the bathroom and a baby in the closet. And Doug is missing. They must find Doug by using clues from their pockets like receipts and notes (with that sounding so reminiscent of Memento, think of this as that film with a comedy twist to it) and get him home to the wedding in time for the “I do’s.”

Alan is the scene-stealer of the group, and (inarguably) the funniest. Ken Jeon is great in the small role of Leslie Chow. It occasionally becomes silly and really predictable, but only every so often. Alan is easily the most memorable part of the hilarious comedy. It’s just a surprise gem for the comedy genre.

The rest of the characters are generally likeable, as they can be pretty funny; well, with the exception of Stu’s potential fiancé Melissa who’s just straight-up rude and needs a nice smack to the face. She is easily one of the most annoying female characters in cinema history (that crown would probably go [out of the ones that pop into mind] to either Carolyn Burnham of American Beauty, Amy Sumner of Straw Dogs or Heather Donahue of The Blair Witch Project) or at least comedy history of recent decades. She’s not a flaw of the movie, though, mostly because she’s written that way. 
This is one of those rare comedies with solid comedic momentum throughout. On initial viewing this film is hilarious, but after about four or five views it starts to feel a bit worn out. It does have high must-see status as far as comedies go. It’s generally really enjoyable upon its first few viewings.

80/100

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8 Responses to The Hangover (2009)

  1. Sir Phobos says:

    lol, he does have rules like a gremlin. Awesome. I’d also throw Kate Capshaw from Temple of Doom up there for most annoying female characters ever. Good lord.

  2. CMrok93 says:

    Still hilarious to this day. Too bad the sequels have ruined the legacy of it. Nice review Dan.

    • Daniel Prinn says:

      I think I’ve wore it out a little (in the way that I mostly just chuckle now), but it’s great background noise. Yeah, that’s really true… Especially that second sequel.

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