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    The Hangover :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews

    The Hangover
    The tiger, the baby and the missing
    tooth, okay. But the chicken?

    Release Date: 2009
    Ebert Rating: ***
    / / / Jun 3, 2009


    by Roger Ebert

    Now this is what I'm talkin' about. "The Hangover" is a funny movie, flat out, all the way through. Its setup is funny. Every situation is funny. Most of the dialogue is funny almost line by line. At some point we actually find ourselves caring a little about what happened to the missing bridegroom -- and the fact that we almost care is funny, too.

    The movie opens with bad news for a bride on her wedding day. Her fiance's best buddy is standing in the Mojave Desert with a bloody lip and three other guys, none of whom is her fiance. They've lost him. He advises her there's no way the wedding is taking place.

    We flash back two days to their road trip to Vegas for a bachelor party. Doug, her future husband (Justin Bartha), will be joined by his two friends, the schoolteacher Phil (Bradley Cooper) and the dentist Stu (Ed Helms). Joining them will be her brother Alan (Zach Galifianakis), an overweight slob with a Haystacks Calhoun beard and an injunction against coming within 200 feet of a school building.

    The next morning, Doug will be missing. The other three are missing for several hours; none of them can remember a thing since they were on the roof of Caesars Palace, drinking shots of Jagermeister. They would desperately like to know: How in the hell do you wake up in a $4,200-a-night suite with a tiger, a chicken, a crying baby, a missing tooth and a belly button pierced for a diamond dangle? And when you give your parking check to the doorman, why does he bring around a police car? And where is Doug?

    Their search provides a structure for the rest of the movie, during a very long day that includes a fact-finding visit to a wedding chapel, a violent encounter with a small but very mean Chinese mobster, a sweet hooker, an interview with an emergency room doctor and an encounter with Mike Tyson, whose tiger they appear they have stolen, although under the circumstances, he is fairly nice about it. There is never an explanation for the chicken.

    Despite these events, "The Hangover" isn't simply a laff riot. I won't go so far as to describe it as a character study, but all three men have profound personality problems, and the Vegas trip works on them like applied emergency therapy. The dentist is rigidly ruled by his bitchy girlfriend. The schoolteacher thinks nothing of stealing the money for a class trip. And Alan ...

    Well, Zach Galifianakis' performance is the kind of breakout performance that made John Belushi a star after "Animal House." He is short, stocky, wants to be liked, has a yearning energy, was born clueless. It is a tribute to Galifianakis' acting that we actually believe he is sincere when he asks the clerk at the check-in counter: "Is this the real Caesars Palace? Does Caesar live here?"

    "The Hangover" is directed by Todd Phillips, whose "Old School" (2003) and "Road Trip" (2000) had their moments but didn't prepare me for this. The screenplay is by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, whose "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" certainly didn't. This movie is written, not assembled out of off-the-shelf parts from the Apatow Surplus Store. There is a level of detail and observation in the dialogue that's sort of remarkable: These characters aren't generically funny, but specifically funny. The actors make them halfway convincing.

    Phillips has them encountering a mixed bag of weird characters, which is standard, but the characters aren't. Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), the vertically challenged naked man they find locked in the trunk of the police car, is strong, skilled in martial arts and really mean about Alan's obesity. He finds almost anything a fat man does to be hilarious. When he finds his clothes and his henchmen, he is not to be trifled with. Jade (Heather Graham), a stripper, is forthright: "Well, actually, I'm an escort, but stripping is a good way to meet clients." She isn't the good-hearted cliche, but more of a sincere young woman who would like to meet the right guy.

    The search for Doug has the friends piecing together clues from the ER doctor, Mike Tyson's security tapes and a mattress that is impaled on the uplifted arm of one of the Caesars Palace statues. The plot hurtles through them.

    If the movie ends somewhat conventionally, well, it almost has to; narrative housecleaning requires it. It begins conventionally, too, with uplifting music and a typeface for the titles that may remind you of "My Best Friend's Wedding." But it is not to be. Here is a movie that deserves every letter of its R rating. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, especially after you throw up.

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    I want to go see this movie. The trailer is funny.

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    HURRAH, the Hangover is crushin the box office! It was a laugh riot & should make the 3 comic leads big stars, especially Bradley Cooper.
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    It's HILARIOUS.

    Haven't seen a movie that's made me not only laugh so hard I cried throughout the ENTIRE thing but made me genuinely feel I got my money's worth since 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'.

    It's so good!

    All of the guys are great but Zach Galifinakis just absolutely STEALS the movie!

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    Gotta check this out soon.

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    i'm seeing it tomorrow and i can't wait!!

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    OMG you cannot pick a funniest line they all are hilarious every scene is important and over the top funny!

    Loved it, wish I had seen Land of the Lost first because I saw it after Hangover and now it just pales in comparison to the Hangover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryk View Post
    Loved it, wish I had seen Land of the Lost first because I saw it after Hangover and now it just pales in comparison to the Hangover!
    i saw land of the lost first and i thought it was really funny. the hangover was funny but no where near what it's been built up to be.

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    I wonder how Will Ferrell is handling the fact that 'Land of the Lost' has flopped.

    It's got to be a blow to his ego because his movie was expected to be the summer hit.

    And he did SO much publicity for it!!!

    'The Hangover' as of June 9th grossed over $59 million with a budget of $35 million and 'Land of the Lost' grossed about $22.5 million with a budget of over $100 million.

    Ouch.

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    Just saw it,and loved it.I needed the laughs...and Bradley Cooper is fucking hot.
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    i loved the hangover, too. bradley cooper is a traditionally good-looking guy, but i have no attraction to him whatsoever. zach galifianakis, on the other hand, is dorky enough to make me swoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    zach galifianakis, on the other hand, is dorky enough to make me swoon.
    ^Oh my gosh, I know!

    I've always had a thing for dorky, funny guys!

    *squee*

    He's actually pretty good looking!

    It's just the beard takes away a lot from that but I've seen pictures of him when he was younger and clean shaven and he was quite the stud!






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    He looks a bit like Chris O'Donnell and Kevin Branaugh (sp?).

    We finally saw it last night. It was funny and, at times, hilarious! I expected it to be more laugh out loud funny though.

    Bradley Cooper.....yes please.

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    I just read there's a sequel in the works. Apparently all the guys got together and came up with some ideas.

    My friend's bachelorette party is in Vegas in May and she keeps talking about things happening like in The Hangover. I'm like that's a movie, we're not gonna steal Mike Tyson's tiger!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellatheball View Post
    He looks a bit like Chris O'Donnell and Kevin Branaugh (sp?).

    We finally saw it last night. It was funny and, at times, hilarious! I expected it to be more laugh out loud funny though.

    Bradley Cooper.....yes please.
    me too.. actually I thought The Wedding Crashers was funnier.

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