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The Hangover
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Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.hangovermovie.com
Kiddie Movie: For the love of all things great and small, leave them at home.
Date Movie: My fiance loved it, but now is second-guessing my going to Vegas for a achelor party.
Gratuitous Sex: You get nudity, talk, a baby being taught about his weiner a little too soon, and other debauchery.
Gratuitous Violence: There is actually some shooting.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: From start to finish!
Memorable Scene: A lot of them, but I loved when the car trunk got opened up.
Memorable Quote: Way too many to quote.
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Produced By: Daniel Goldberg, Todd Phillips

The Hangover
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:40 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Guys, a word of warning – If you are engaged and you haven’t had your bachelor party yet, under no circumstances should you let any female close to the wedding party see this movie, let alone your fiancé, especially if you are hoping to go to Las Vegas, because, well, you can convince her all you want that your party will be tame, nothing even remotely close to the shenanigans in “The Hangover,” but she won’t believe you.  Nope, plan on heading to Napa Valley for a “couples” bachelor party because strippers, drugs, Mike Tyson, and an unexplained chicken will be nowhere near your plans, even if you won’t remember any of it.  It does, however, make one hell of a funny movie, one even my fiancé found very funny, so wine country, here I come!

For “The Hangover” we get Doug (Justin Bartha).  He’s getting married in a few days and his buddies, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), decide Vegas is the place to go and Doug even lets his future, but slightly nutty, brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) come along for the adventure.  The movie shows our heroes, sans Doug, in the desert, calling the bride-to-be and informing her that she might want to postpone the wedding because they can’t find Doug. Then we are transported to a couple of days earlier when the adventure begins for a bachelor party night that no one remembers.

Yup, our heroes make it to Vegas only to find themselves in their mega suite at Ceasars Palace not remembering the night before, but having gained a tiger, a chicken, a baby, a trashed room, but losing one bachelor. The rest of the movie progresses in flashbacks as the rest of their time putting together the events of the bachelor party night before in the hopes of finding Doug.  As things turn out we find out what happened to their car, how then ended up with a tiger in their suite, if Stu got married to a hooker (played by the fine-looking Heather Graham), where the baby came from, and if it sucks to be tazed.

Part of me really wants to give away a lot of the funny for this movie, but I think I’m gonna wait until the DVD review to go into some of the movie plots more (like why a naked, Asian man shows up) so that I don’t ruin any more of it than the previews already have, but I will say I was slightly disappointed that Mike Tyson doesn’t actually punch one of our heroes in-time to the Phil Collins' song.  Let’s just say that in the realm of comedy classics, and sure it will take a couple of more viewing to solidify it, but “The Hangover” seems to have the potential to be in the same league as an “Old School,” a “Caddyshack,” a “Stripes,” etc.  For me it is that funny, and to ruin any more of the jokes would just be a shame.

I think part of what really works for this movie is the fact that there aren’t any mega-stars in it for you to keep thinking “Oh, that’s so-and-so.”  I know everyone has had film experience, but for the most part, and not to take away from the “heroes” of “The Hangover,” the household names in this movie are really Heather Graham, Mike Tyson, and maybe Jeffrey Tambor with the small role as the father-in-law to be and Ken Jeong who has now become the go-to funny Asian guy thanks to his role as the doctor in “Knocked Up” among others.  And somehow it all works because this movie needed the “hunkiness” that Bradley Cooper brings, the “nerdiness” that Ed Helms has, and the “nuttiness” that Zach Galifianakis is great at.

Me, I loved “The Hangover” and there are lots of adults who can relate to just about everyone in this movie in some way, even if things are a tad over the top, but that’s okay because movies like this are supposed to be, are supposed to make us laugh, and I laughed from start to finish. Lastly, make sure you stay for the photo scrapbook while the credits role.

It’s 5 stars out of 5 for “The Hangover.”

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

 

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