Director: Todd Phillips
Running Time: 100 mins
Budget: $35 million
Released: 05 June 2009
Plot: A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.
Upon seeing the film I had no expectations whatsoever, as a rule, I do not watch movie trailers, previews or read up on any film that I have a mild interest in as in today’s day and age a simple teaser trailer can give away far to much of the film. Fantastic 4 – Rise of the Silver Surfer anybody? That ‘teaser’ gave away the coolest part of the entire film. Anyway, I had only heard that The Hangover was a financial success and that the critics were raving about it. Generally I do not go to the cinema to watch comedies but after watching the somewhat disappointing Transformers sequel I decided that a change of pace may be in order.
I don’t find the majority of comedies funny, although I quite like ‘stoner-comedies’ and while I didn’t find The Hangover as hilariously, side-splittingly funny as most of America seemed to, I did enjoy it nonetheless. I think that the situations the protagonists find themselves in, while plausible, is completely insane. The sheer volume of bat-shit crazy events are funny and sometimes over the top but all meld together to form a coherent and flowing story that leave the viewer wondering what’s around the corner next. Another notable thing in this film is the wonderful chemistry between the protagonists and the fact that they play off one another constantly adds to the enjoyment of the film.
I must admit, I found the performance of Zach Galifianakis to be really funny and I burst out laughing when one character referred to him as ‘Fat Jesus’. One of the characters in the film, Mr. Chow (played by Ken Jeong), was perhaps the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. The moment he jumped out of a car trunk, completely naked and started beating the hell out of Phil (played by Bradley Cooper) and his buddies, did it for me.
So in closing, I’d have to say The Hangover, while not the best comedy I’ve ever seen, was definitely one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a while and I don’t really have any negative criticism to make so just do yourself a favour and watch it, it won’t disappoint.
Doug Billings: Tracy did mention we shouldn’t let him gamble. Or drink too much.
Phil Wenneck: Jesus, he’s like a gremlin. Comes with instructions and shit.
Doug Billings: Either way, you gotta be super smart to count cards, buddy, okay?
Alan Garner: Oh really?
Doug Billings: It’s not easy.
Alan Garner: Okay, well maybe we should tell that to Rain Man, because he practically bankrupted a casino, and he was a ruh-tard.
Stu Price: A what?
Alan Garner: He was a ruh-tard.
Doug Billings: [pauses to figure out what Alan was saying] *RE*tard.