The Hangover [2009] Movie Review Recommendation

The Hangover [2009]

Oh boy, I did not think that this movie would be that funny because it looked like other mainstream comedy disasters, but it is, a fucking instant classic. It’s just a roller-coaster of funny moments and weird situations. Right from the opening sequence, The Hangover hits hard and hits home, as the crew is awoken to devastated apartment. This is a young man’s wet dream when it comes to having a good time. This is the reason why The Hangover resonated so well with so many people. It “proves” that “ordinary” people can party and be “cool”. Of course, this would all be for nothing, if the script and acting were bad. That was not the case here. Yes, you could say that this is the prime example of “toilet humor”, but what did you expect. This is fun R rated comedy, actually this is highest grossing R-rated comedy in the U.S. to its release date.

The Hangover [2009] Movie Review Recommendation PosterFour best friends decide to travel to Las Vegas in order to have one hell of a bachelor party. Joined by the bride’s brother Alan, the crew set out for Las Vegas in a vintage Mercedes-Benz W111. They check into Ceasars Palace and start getting ready for the night of their lives. One hard cut later and it’s already morning. The crew is sleeping in a trashed suite with a number of strange items strewn all over the place. This is however, the least of their problems because they don’t remember a single thing from last night…

The bachelor party sub-genre has been alive since the late fifties and the movie The Bachelor Party. Of course, Neal Israel redefined the genre with Bachelor Party from 1984 starring Tom Hanks and featuring some really funny scenes. I still remember two scenes from that movie: the hot dog scene and the limousine scene. Finally, we got a dark twist on the whole sub-genre with Peter Berg’s masterpiece Very Bad Things. So, The Hangover is definitely not an original movie, but it has a soul and as time passed by, it became one of those movies that you watched when you were younger and still thought that one day you will end up as our crew. Another great thing about this movie is its pacing. It is fucking perfect, especially when you consider the story as whole. It’s progressing with more and more ludicrous and hilarious situations, finally exploding in the final third. More importantly, during all this, characters are also going through a change, following the eternal movie formula. Sleek and tight, The Hangover is a razor sharp party movie, perfect for those nights where you just want to have a good time. Even though I have seen it a dozen times by now, I still smile when I hear Danzig howling…

Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham

Fun Facts: In the film, Mike Tyson owned a tiger, whereas in real life, he owned seven. Mike Tyson revealed that he appeared in the film to fund his drug habit, and that he was high on cocaine when he filmed his scenes. Tyson later said that working on the film convinced him to change his lifestyle.


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