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Friday, 22 October 2010

The Hangover


The morning after a (presumably) epic bachelor party in Las Vegas, three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) wake up in the Villa of Caesar's Palace Hotel to discover a tiger in the bathroom, a baby (uncredited infant) in the closet, and that the groom (Justin Bartha), Doug, is missing. With no recollection of the night before the three of them treck across Vegas, looking for everywhere they had been to the night before to try to piece together what happened and where the hell Doug is.

Before watching this film I was genuinely worried that this would be another low-brow Hollywood comedy, based on its title, as that's what films such as Without a Paddle (2004) and Click (2006) were, and let's face it, those are some pretty dam uninspired titles. I was, however, wrong. Quick-witted, snappy and not afraid to offend, The Hangover delivers non-stop verbal and physical comedy. It's characters are hilarious, thanks to a top-notch cast, most especially of all Galifianakis as Doug's brother-in-law to be, who is basically a 9-year-old in a 35-year-old's body, bringing so much energy to the character, and making the whole moron thing so sincere and believable to a hilarious level, so his true skills at poker and card-counting (which wins them over $80k at a casino) comes as such a hilarious surprise; while Cooper makes his character a seriously cool and charming individual, and Helms makes Stu an irresistable nerd, and makes the fear Stu has of his nightmare of a girlfriend (Rachael Harris) quality humour, especially if you've ever lived in fear of a girl who calls all the shots.
Its situation is hilarious. If you've ever woken up with a massive hangover then, believe me, you can empathize with the torture their heads and guts are in - it seriously isn't something I'm proud to admit to - but the situation they wake up and find themselves in will make it a lot more funny to watch, and is one of the few times a hangover can be found funny due to the amount of confusion and nervous panic amongst the characters. Somehow I doubt anyone would want to get so drunk that they end up in that kind of hungover situation, and a cert to put you off going for a bachelor party/stag night in Vegas. Coupled with this all is a hilarious cameo from Mike Tyson, some more hilariously sincere characters in the forms of Heather Graham's stripper and Ken Jeong's Chinese gangster, and a really catchy soundtrack, which goes perfectly with the film and includes tracks from Phil Collins, Flo Rida, Wolfmother and Kanye West; and together all of these things make The Hangover a very adult, very well-written, memorable comedy, and one of the most hilarious comedy films of the 2000s. A must-see as a comedy, and quite an interesting, though worrying, advertisement for Vegas.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Rachael Harris, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Rob Riggle, Cleo King, Jernard Burks, Ian Anthony Dale, Michael Li, Matt Walsh, Nathalie Fay, Sondra Currie, Gillian Vigman.

BAFTA nomination: Best Screenplay (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore).

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