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Hangover, The (DVD)
When three friends get together for one last weekend-long bachelor party in Vegas, they think they had a good time. But it's very hard to remember, and they are suffering the dreadful after-effects of girls, party and alcohol. And then they realize they have somehow lost the groom! Now, they must struggle to retrace their wild weekend to find their friend and deliver the bridegroom to his wedding -- even as they suffer from one killer Hangover!]]>
If you like your humor broadside up, hold the subtlety, you'll want to nurse this Hangover with your best buds. The ensemble cast meshes perfectly--it's like a super-R-rated episode of Friends: silly, slapstick, and completely in the viewer's face. When four pals go to Vegas to celebrate the imminent nuptials of one of them, they partake in a rooftop toast to "a night we'll never forget." But they're in for a big surprise: their celebration drinks were laced with date-rape drugs, so when they awake in their hotel room 12 hours later, not only are they hung over, but they can't remember what they did all night long. Oh, and they're missing the groom-to-be.
The film is so cheerfully raunchy, so fiercely crude, that the humor becomes as intoxicating as the mind-altering substances. The standout in the ensemble is Zach Galifianakis, who is alternately creepy and hilarious. Ed Helm (The Office), in addition to his memory, loses a tooth in uncomfortably realistic fashion, and Bradley Cooper (He's Just Not That into You) has deadpan comic timing that whips along at the speed of light. "Ma'am, you have an incredible rack," he blares to a pedestrian from the squad car the guys have "borrowed." "I should have been a [bleeping] cop," he tells himself approvingly.
Director Todd Phillips brings back his deft handling of the actors and the dude humor that worked so well in Old School, as well as the unctuous Dan Finnerty, memorable as a lounge/wedding singer in both films. But it's the nonstop volley of jokes--most cheerily politically incorrect--that grabs the audience and thrashes it around the hotel room. Just watch out for the tiger in the bathroom. --A.T. Hurley
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But The Hangover is such a bad film I barely chuckled or even smiled! Anyone who has ever experienced - or dealt with people who have been physically and/or sexually abused will probably feel a bit disturbed by seeing simulated sexual abuse, and calling it funny! I have to admit, I finally walked out of the theater because beside being depraved in a bad way the film was also desperately boring! I could care less about any of the main characters! And the humor was so unimaginative and forced!
The film's trailers fooled me into thinking The Hangover would be worth checking out. It's not the first time a trailer was much better than the film, nor will it be the last.Unfortunately, I wasted $10.00 during a recession. The next time I see something as bad as The Hangover, I intend to get a refund!
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After hearing several people in my life, including my own mother, join this chorus of glowing praise and "non-stop" hilarity, I figured there had to be something to this movie despite how utterly stupid the trailer looked. I proceeded to waste 2 hours of my life and actually sit through this whole thing, just waiting for that hilarious moment to occur....which NEVER happens in the entire running time of the movie.
Not that the plot matters at all nor gives any significance to the film's random sophomoric "humor", but The Hangover, starring a few who cares-beens, is a movie about a few friends who take their soon to be hitched buddy to a Vegas bachelor party to live it up before the ball and chain consumes the rest of his life. Off screen, these geniouses get so feces faced, they end up losing their friend, stealing a cop car, a tiger (somehow without getting mauled), and a vulgar naked Asian man, among other rediculous (and similarly unfunny) things. And, you guessed it..."hilarity" ensues...in the form of endlessly recycled and forced gags taken straight of the playbook of MUCH better but not even great films in their own right such as Animal House and Dumb and Dumber (without ANY of the subtle humor that actually made that film watchable), and other manurish films such as the similarly overrated Old School (or any Will Farrell "comedy" for that matter). Oh, that's right, I have to spell it out for you like this sans-subtlely movie..I am comparing this crap movie to crap Will Farrell.
Not even the much hyped cameo by Iron Mike could save this turkey. I appreciate Tyson's willingness to self deprecate himself, but it was as forced and witless as the rest of the movie. Which brings me to the focal point of this movie's failure..the jokes are forced and witless, right in front of your face, not requiring any work or grasping of subtle texture to get the point. Now that we live in an age where anything goes, acceptable comedy is comprised of just throwing anything out there, as long as it's outlandish and vulgar. I guess the sentiment as that we all work hard enough at work and don't want to work for our comedy. And that's a shame..
I am glad to see the 85'ish or so other one star reviews prove I am not the only one who refuses to wallow in a sea of mediocrity with the rest of the sheep of this age of American comedy. However, this film's Golden Globes "Best Comedy" win may suggest that we will continue to dig well below the barrel.