I’m not one for comedies usually. My pretensions when it comes to film has reached an all time (and uncomfortable) high right now. But every once in a while, a comedy will come along that will bring joy to the inner most parts of my soul. The Hangover has managed to do this. It seems to be the perfect storm, bringing together my love of Las Vegas, my fear of commitment/relationships, and weirdly identifying with the Fat Jesus character.
My experience would usually advise me to skip a movie by Todd Phillips. Admittedly, I haven’t seen his infamous Old School, but I was not a fan of Starsky and Hutch, or Road Trip. Not to mention, whoever made the trailer should be fired and never again allowed to make such a great film look so bad. Although Forgetting Sarah Marshall had an equally atrocious trailer, but I digress. All hail Todd Phillips, as he has created one hell of a comedy. Props also go to writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (neither of which has produced anything interesting before this).
The story isn’t overly elaborate. Four friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha) head to Vegas on a bachelor party. Things get kind out of control (apparently), and three of them wake up in their hotel room without a single memory of what happened the night before. The groom-to-be is missing, and the three of them set off on a two day adventure leading them to discover the shenanigans they were up to that night. These discoveries involved Mike Tyson’s tiger, an unplanned marriage, hospital visits, roofies, etc., etc.
The acting was surprisingly impressive. Ed Helms manages to break away from his character Andy, on The Office, and just act. Bradley Cooper didn’t quite prove himself as a leading man, but someone who will cut it in a raunchy R-rated comedy, or chick flick. Heather Graham plays the unplanned love interest. Even Mike Tyson manages to get his lines across without too much trouble.
I was promised by all sorts of critics that I would laugh non-stop from start to finish. I doubted, but now I’m converted with no hesitation. The Hangover is the comedy of the year, and a must see for all guys.