As this was the most talked about film of the year and a big surprise hit, I was very curious about "The Hangover". I knew it was the latest in a long and usually offensive string of comedies that rely on crass and infantile humour rather than intelligence. I went in prepared and still came out of the experience offended.
Doug's (Justin Bartha – New York, I Love You, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) friends Alan (Zach Galifianakis – Up in the Air, G-Force), Phil (Bradley Cooper – All About Steve, He's Just Not That Into You) and Stu (Ed Helms – Confessions of a Shopaholic, Semi-Pro) decide to take him to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. After a wild night out Stu, Alan and Phil wake up to find a chicken and a tiger in their suite. They are all hungover, Stu's missing a tooth and the suite is trashed. Most importantly they cannot find Doug.
They then hear a baby crying and open the closet to find a baby there. No one can remember a thing from the previous night. The three hungover men try to retrace their steps in order to try and find Doug. They are in a race for time and if they can't find Doug in the next few hours, they are going to have to explain to Doug's fiancée Tracy (Sasha Barrese – The Ring, Legally Blonde) why they are not yet back in Los Angeles. Even worse is the possibility that they will not be able to find Doug at all before his wedding.
As it seems many in the movie going population just need raunchy stuff and stupidity in their comedies and this film has that in spades. There is no real story other than a skeleton of one in order to set up the sequence of jokes. It is just one crass and crude situation after another. Am I really so out of touch with my funny bone that I don't see the humour in a skit in which two police officers demonstrate how to use a taser on the three hungover friends in front of a class of young children. With the recent string of deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers and tasers I found this section in poor taste.
The comedy comes at a fast and furious pace. With nary a moment between crude jokes. It is definitely a film that fans of the Judd Apatow line of films will appreciate.
Not to be dismissed as a stodgy, out-of-touch critic I did find several of the scenes quite humorous, such as the wedding band and much of the odd things that comedian Zach Galifianakis does during the course of the film. But a few cheap laughs does not a good comedic film make. In my books, at least.
But what I feel does not mesh with what most think in regards to this film. It was wildly successful and there is already talk of making a sequel. So I guess that we'll have another "Hangover" film in the future to disagree about.
-Map of Destruction
-The Madness of Ken Jeung
-Three Best Friends Song
-The Dan Band!
-More Pictures From the Missing Camera
-Theatrical or Unrated Version