I know the hype concerning this film was all like “oh my gosh, that’s the funniest movie EVER”, but honestly, I didn’t laugh a whole lot. It was still funny, but not like I thought it was going to be. “The Hangover” to me is the cliché that never grows old it seems: a bachelor party in Las Vegas that goes awry. I think we’ve all seen this before, haven’t we?
The premise is simple: guy is getting married, plans bachelor party to Vegas, invites soon-to-be brother-in-law along for the trip, and things go downhill fast. The fellas wake up the next morning and can’t find the groom-to-be, and worse yet, can’t remember anything from the night before. There is so much silliness that is revealed as they try to backtrack their way through their night of debauchery that it’s absurd. It’s funny in that it should not be taken seriously at any time.
It’s all very adult and very extreme. This kind of thing does not happen to normal people; this stuff only exists in the movies. That being said, it is pretty funny. The language is foul, and there’s nudity and gestures that can easily offend, but let’s face it: if you are watching this movie, you probably already knew that kind of stuff was going to be in this film anyway.
Zach Galifinakis seems stuck in playing the same character, which was more suited to the film in “Due Date” with Robert Downey Jr. but here is kind of annoying. Bradley Cooper comes off as the smug & arrogant jerk that seems destined for bachelorhood – and I was shocked the character was actually married and a dad! Ed Helms plays the nice guy nerd, and may be the funniest actor in the movie. Together, they are the Wolf Pack. Catchy, but the entire movie is cliché and I didn’t find it overly humorous.
To each his own, but my recommendation on “the Hangover” is to watch it if you want to, but not with anyone under the age of 18. It’s not overly vulgar, but it comes close.
…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE
- Review: The Hangover (thefilmfestival.wordpress.com)
- The Hangover – Part 2 (reelvoice2013.wordpress.com)
- The Hangover (2009) Movie Review “A Great Fresh Comedy With Fun, Likeable, and Hilarious Characters” (themovieline.wordpress.com)