Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Release Date: June 5th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Directed by: Todd Phillips
JJ Rating: A+
Four friends go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. They go on the roof, raise their glasses and BOOM they wake up the next morning not knowing what the hell happened the night before. Through silly antics and events they don’t recall spawning relationships they don’t remember creating, they go about their day trying to figure out what the hell happened and where did Doug (Justin Bartha) go? The Hangover.
The Hangover makes laughter laugh it was so funny. I saw it twice and I sat through it the second time and knew where the funny parts were and I waited in anticipation the entire movie; itching for the next part to come so I could laugh because that was freakin’ hilarious and so was that and that and that and of course that. The trailer sort of gave a bit too much away, but not enough to ruin the humor or a few surprises that’ll surely make some almost urinate in their khakis or tear up or have massive stomach soreness.
I have been mauling over how do I speak about a film that‘s so funny without ruining the scenes? I can’t. All my favorite parts are key points in the plot and I can’t mention them without ruining it all. I feel the laughter boiling in me as I think about them. So instead I’ll explain how it made me feel and if that’s how you wanna feel after seeing (or during) a movie then this is the film for you.
I sit there awestricken by the awkwardness of Alan (Zach Galifinakis), passive aggressive sarcasm of Stu (Ed Helms) and the ‘take the bulls by the balls’ Phil (Bradley Cooper). For most of the movie these three are running around together trying to figure out everything that happened the night before and what happened to Doug. I felt like a volcano of molten laughter. It boiled inside of me with each antic I saw and after so many I had to LOL and I had to LOL or I’d implode. Remember when you were younger and an uncle would corner you and start tickling you and you’d beg them to stop because you couldn’t take any more? Well…The Hangover is very close to that kind of feeling. What is interesting is that there is so much vulgarity and crassness and yet the film was uplifting and enjoyable. It didn’t feel like it was taking my soul as I watched it.
I liked how The Hangover was filmed. It was filmed with the characters and the audience in the same position of knowing nothing; making each discovery something new for the moviegoers as well as the characters, which only added to the laughter that this film was already generating.
The Hangover is the film about a group of friends that try to remember the night they seem to have forgotten, but as a whole this is a film that you’ll watch, laugh, enjoy and be entertained by but you’ll never forget it and the situations will be brought up years from now and it’ll make you laugh just like The Princess Bride and “Marwege is what bringss usssss togethahhhhh.” It is the number one comedy of the year, for sure (second being I Love You, Man), and it’ll go down into comedy cult-classic history. The Hangover is nothing like its namesake indicates and is everything like the cause of said namesake: outrageous, hilarious and down right freakin’ awesome.