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[Thursday, June 18, 2009]

Movie Review: The Hangover

I'll put it short and sweet...if movies like Super Troopers, Old School, or Wedding Crashers aren't your thing, then you probably won't like The Hangover. But honestly, if you thought this was going to be a tame movie from the previews or title, we should probably talk.

Actually, all in all, this movie surprised me for not being as "bad" as I was expecting. Yes, strong language, yes, nudity (more male than female if you can believe that!)... but honestly, those weren't the defining moments of the film.

The story, as you can guess, is about a bachelor party gone wrong. Three friends wake up the day after what they assume was their best night ever not able to remember anything, and to top it off: the groom is missing. The rest of the movie is devoted to these three guys trying to remember what happened and figure out where the groom is.

The acting was pretty well done and well casted. I became a fan of Bradley Cooper after his appearance as a crazy crazy man in Wedding Crashers. It was nice to see him play the semi-good guy role here. I've never really been a fan of Zach Galifianakis nor his comedy, but he really shined in this movie. Ed Helms has always had a spot in my heart, so I was happy to see him get a lot of face time and do well in this movie.

Basically, this movie works because it gets more and more ridiculous the farther you get into it. Lets just say that a movie that can work Mike Tyson and Phil Collins into the same scene has got something going for it.


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