What is the worst thing that can happen at a bachelor party? Hangover, strippers, trashed hotel room? How about losing the groom the night before his wedding? That is what happens when three friends throw a bachelor party for a friend in Las Vegas. Figuring out where the baby came from and why there is a tiger in the bathroom just might help them find him.
Bradley Cooper (Phil), Ed Helms (Stu), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Justin Bartha (Doug), Heather Graham (Jade), Sasha Barrese (Tracy), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid), Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow), Rachael Harris (Melissa), Mike Tyson (Himself).
The Hangover starts off pretty well with some good comedy that satisfies the urge to say and do things a lot of us have always wanted to do. Tossing in memory loss was an interesting approach to the plot that while entertaining also felt like a bit of a cheat. As the story continued some of the comedy appeal was lost and felt just plain stupid. Toward the end as lose ends were tied up the film found itself again and ended fairly well.
Acting was pretty good from the four main characters. Cooper and Galifianakis were both in type and did nicely with good support from Helms and Bartha. Jeong was hysterical and Tyson actually added more depth to the film than expected.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good though some scenes didn’t emphasize the point being made very well. Physical effects were nicely done and most added well to the humor aspect of the film. Dialogue was good even if sometimes a bit corny. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Overall The Hangover is an enjoyable comedy that just can’t be taken seriously if you want to enjoy the film. Don’t expect much depth here and you won’t be disappointed.
With some mild nudity, sexuality and sexual references, drug use, nudity, alcohol use, and violence save this for older teens and above.
The Hangover is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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