Directed by Todd Phillips.
Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin
Release Year: 2009
Review Date: 6/19/09
Great trailer, great pedigree (Todd Phillips
also directed the now-classic
and "Road Trip"),
great idea...and then, maybe the funniest credits idea of all time.
"The Hangover" delivers and I'm already excited to add it to the
cable rotation when it starts airing non-stop next summer.
Four thirty-something guys head to Vegas for
a bachelor party, hilarity ensues, the movie ends. But, what
makes this roadie special is the three-man lead; groomsmen Phil
(Bradley Cooper, who has been showing up everywhere), Stu (Ed Helms)
and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) take their friend Doug (Justin Bartha,
from the "National Treasure" films) and get completely hammered
during a wild night all over Vegas. The next day, Doug is
missing...and, using their admittedly-weak powers of logic and the
fact that someone drugged them during their wild night, Phil, Stu
and Alan embark on an adventure that they will never forget.
Much of this is found in the trailer, but
mixing this with non-stop profanity and crude humor makes "The
Hangover" laugh-out-loud funny. And, like Phillips's other big
films, there are a half-dozen major movie moments (hey, what's that
noise in the trunk? hey, did that girl just say "suck my
d***?") mixed with another rich mix of supporting bit players, a
great soundtrack, and having just come back from Vegas, a lot of
great Vegas scenery.
I have not seen Helms and Galifianakis in
other films, but this is another testament to the magic of
Phillips's direction; just give credit where credit is due--the guy
has figured out the group-of-guys-fuck-everything-up genre, and he
always seems to have the perfect mix of straight men, a guy who is
beaten down by his wife, and the "wild-and-crazy guy." Part of
me wishes that Phillips would only make these kinds of films; his
Hutch" remake was not very good, and "School for Scoundrels"
tanked at the box office. But, here, in his element, Phillips
makes "The Hangover" shine.
Now I know why some people have been saying
they would see this one again...great, funny stuff!!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard