The Hangover (2009) Dir. Todd Phillips
I don’t know why, but I just love this movie! By the way, does anyone know where the chicken came from?
The story is simple: four guys go to Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for one of them, Doug (Justin Bartha). They want to spend an unforgettable night in Vegas, but as the tagline goes, Some guys just can’t handle Vegas. Once the night’s over, they realize they suffer from a huge hangover (dah!), and, what’s even worse, they have lost the groom! Then, the search for Doug and their memory of the past night starts…
One of the biggest advantages of the movie is the cast. The four actors playing the four best friends are amazing. There is great chemistry between them. Hence, they turn out to be as funny as it gets. Even better, they are so different from each other both in terms of their personalities and physical appearance. Bradley Cooper plays Phil, a handsome guy bored with his life; Ed Helms is a dentist stuck in a unsettling love-hate relationship; Justin Bartha as Doug spends his last days of freedom with his positively crazy friends; and, last but not least, there’s brilliant Zach Galifianakis playing Alan, Doug’s brother-in-law, a totally, absolutely, inevitably, super weird guy. An explosive mixture!
Another great thing about “The Hangover” is that it’s not just a comedy. There’s also an investigation going on – Phil, Stu and Alan have to find their friend, preferably before his wedding, who magically vanished. Moreover, they don’t remember anything at all what happened the night before. They follow the clues (like Stu’s missing tooth) trying to figure out ‘What is going on?’ as Stu screams spasmodically at some point. All these elements make the movie really interesting and entertaining to watch.
As usual, I need to mention music. It’s a mixture of all kinds of well-known hits, for example, Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” or “Take it off” by The Donnas, just to give a taste of it. Then, there’s one more thing – the Nevada landscapes. I always enjoy all kinds of landscapes (both naturewise and urban). Here, we have a part of the sequences in the desert and a part in the city. Moreover, there’s the element of open road (another thing I love) – they drive a lot, hijack police cars, or transport wild animals. For these reasons, the movie is awesome.
If all these arguments are not enough to watch it, I’ll just mention Mike Tyson singing (!), a real tiger, a chicken (I still don’t know whose chicken it was), a baby who looks like Carlos, a Chinese mafia boss who’s not to be messed with, and a LOT of fun and laughter. But don’t get me wrong – this is not an intelligent, stimulating, and ambitious production. There are all sorts of stupid jokes, pranks, and gags, which sooner or later will probably offend you. However, it’s so hilarious that I didn’t mind being offended. By the way, the movie reminds me a bit of a Visa TV ad with a running guy, a desert, and a wedding.
The only part when it becomes predictable is the cheesy ending – everything ends the way it’s supposed to for a typical Hollywood happy ending. On the one hand, it is sentimental. On the other, it honestly can’t end in any other way. One way or the other, it doesn’t spoil the movie, at all.
The movie is a lot of fun. It’s a perfect summer hit. After watching it, I felt positively charged. I believe it’s a comedy you can’t miss!
Long days, pleasant nights,