Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Hangover

Movie name: The Hangover
Year of release: 2009
Director: Todd Philips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong, Rachael Harris
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Looking at the previous films from director Todd Philips' career, it comes as no surprise that "The Hangover" is another of his films. What surprises is the fact that this is actually a really funny and well done comedy. The film starts with a group of friends getting together for a bachelor party in Las Vegas. They all decide to have the time of their lives, but after the first night they wake up in their trashed out penthouse without any recollection of what happened to them. Inside the penthouse they find a baby, a tiger and not a trace of one of their friends. What they try to do is trace their actions of the previous night in order to get their friend back for him not to miss his wedding. The film could have easily been another toss away raunchy comedy about a bunch of friends in Las Vegas (Cameron Diaz was in the terrible film "What happens in Vegas", which is a good example), but Todd Philips and his writers go in a different direction. They opt with placing a group of average looking characters, all of whom are out of their wits towards what happened to them. The situations are just smartly created and the laughs come from the reactions of the characters and how over the top the situations they are involved all are.
Zach Galifianakis makes a memorable character out of sheer awkward moments. A very funny film worth checking out!