- Title The Hangover
- Director Todd Phillips
- Year 2009
- Run time 1hr 47m
- Genre Comedy
- Tagline Some guys just can't handle Vegas
Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) drives to Las Vegas with his best buddies Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) and his future brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis), for a blow-out bachelor party they vow they'll never forget. But when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning with pounding headaches, they can't remember a thing. Their luxury hotel suite is beyond trashed and the groom is nowhere to be found. With no clue about what happened and little time to spare, the trio must attempt to retrace their bad decisions from the night before in order to figure out where things went wrong, in the hope of finding Doug and getting him back to L.A. in time for his wedding. But the more they begin to uncover, the more they realize just how much trouble they're really in.
We’ve had this one as a sort of back up film to watch if we weren’t sure we were in the mood for anything else. When it first came out, I sort of assumed it was the kind of film I would hate. Drunken men running around being silly. But then Mr C and I started hearing and reading how it was one of the best films ever, and so we had to give it a chance.
2:16 - “We lost Doug.” 3:10 - Moody opening credits. I was expecting something a bit poppier. 6:54 - He’s a fun dad. Scary father-in-law though. 7:37 - Sand seeps into tyres? 12:57 - I do quite like Bradley Cooper. 13:44 - It always surprises me how very in the middle of nowhere Las Vegas is. 15:23 - Working behind a checkout must mean plenty of fascinating overheard conversations. 21:22 - Listen to Bradley! She isn’t nice! 24:48 - A one man wolf pack is a genius concept. 28:03 - How do you get a chicken past the front desk? 29:22 - Or a tiger! 35:54 - I love this backwards Sherlock stuff. 37:07 - At some point, he’ll have to stop saying it’ll all be okay. 41:04 - “It’s at the corner of get a map and eff off.” I have to say that sometime. 43:59 - I didn’t think you could get drunk and married in Vegas anymore. 54:44 - If he can talk round cops, he can talk round anyone. 59:28 - The car was fine. 1:01:32 - “I fudged up.” 1:02:59 - Doug doesn’t have a very big part in this film, he’s just mentioned a lot. 1:03:47 - “You are literally too stupid to insult.” 1:11:46 - How do they know where Mike Tyson lives? 1:18:07 - Is it really Doug in there? 1:23:04 - Why would casinos play a game that is so easily cheated? 1:28:21 - We still don’t know how he lost his tooth. 1:32:33 - He is completely orange! 1:33:35 - The tooth mystery is solved. 1:36:31 - How can you possibly shave after being out in the desert sun for two days? 1:44:45 - Woohoo for fun credits!
I really enjoyed it, and was surprised at how much I laughed. Some of it was a bit coarse, but in the grand scheme of things it was more funny than it was anything else, and that’s a win. My crush on Bradley Cooper is fully formed now, so I may have to go back and watch the A Team again, just to see.
The only reasons I’m not really giving it a 5 out of 5 is that I was slightly perplexed by a couple of things. Firstly, how is it possible that Bradley could take such a beating throughout, on top of being so hungover and supposedly having damaged ribs, and still be upright by the end? Secondly and thirdly, I thought they relied a tiny bit too much on the dumb guy being dumb for laughs, and by the end there was a bit too much swearing for my delicate ears. Other than that, it was top notch.
Rating: 4 / 5