This movie leans a little to the right of wrong…
With a cast of relatively unknown actors and a storyline that resembles another film from 1998, this movie could have been a complete flop. I mean…it’s a stereotypical scenerio…a bachelor party in Vegas followed by things going very wrong. Sounds like “Very Bad Things” with Christian Slater, Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz and Jeremy Piven. Right? But it’s not. It’s the 2009 film, “The Hangover”…and it’s hysterical!
First off, this isn’t dark humor like “Very Bad Things”. Sure…things go wrong. And there are all kinds of moments where you have to wonder where the movie is heading. But, unlike “VBT”, this films heads straight for the funny-bone and never lets up.
In the beginning, we learn that Doug (Justin Bartha) is getting married. So he and his 2 best friends and his wife’s odd brother (aptly named Alan. What’s up with that?) head to Vegas, ready to party it up. Once there, they get the biggest room and get ready for some serious Vegas action. The next morning, they wake up in their room, completely trashed and the room is destroyed. No one remembers what happened and Doug is missing. So from there, they go on the search. All of the scenes have their moments so I don’t want to give anything away, but needless to say, the search for Doug leads them into some pretty funny situations. Along the way they find a baby, a stripper with a heart of gold, some sadistic police officers and a a few celebrities who shall remain nameless.
If there is a breakout star in this film it has to be Zach Galifianakis, who plays Alan. With his droll delivery and shaggy beard, he looks like a homeless man. And his sense of timing in this film is impeccable. Ed Helms also has a funny role, playing a dentist who loses a tooth. Everyone else also does quality work, including Ken Jeong, who pretty much steals the movie. Once you see it, you’ll know why.
Anyway, it’s all done with tongue-in-cheek and all very, very funny. Directed by Todd Phillips, who is the same guy that brought you “Old School”, this film is above and beyond that movie. This movie goes to the edge and then pulls back at just the right moment. I LOVED this film and laughed hard several times! I can’t recommend it enough! But a reminder…it IS an “R” rated film…so be prepared, it does cross the line quite a lot! LOL
Overall Rating: A