The Hangover

Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha

Directed by: Todd Phillips

The old saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  In The Hangover’s case, “What you forget in Vegas stays in Vegas.”  In this Bachelor Party meets Sherlock Homes’ comedy, missing clues leads to big laughs.

The movie is about a soon to be groom, Doug (Bartha) and his two best friends, Phil (Cooper) and Stu (Helms) who go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party.  With the help of the fiancés’ brother, Alan (Galifianakis), the boys are in for a night they think they will never forget.  The plan does not turn out the way they thought and woke up the next day with no recollection of the night, and find out the groom is missing.  The three friends must set out to find the clues of the night to find the groom before the big day.  With time against them, and no memory, the boys must solve the puzzle quick.

Bradley Cooper seems to be the biggest star, with what seems like a cast of supporting actors. But do not be fooled, there is nothing supportive about these performances.  Everyone is on top of their game, but Zach Galifianakis by far shined the brightest.  Even though Galifianakis has been around for years doing stand up and bouncing around from TV show bust to TV show bust, Hollywood might be knocking on his door a bit more after this comic performance.

Director Todd Phillips (Old School) has been known for the way of putting people in crazy particular situations that make for big laughs, The Hangover is no exception.  From slow motion taser showdowns to letting Galifianakis improvise, Phillips knows how to get the best comic performance out of the actors he is working with.

With a surprise splash at the box office, The Hangover reached the number one spot, and already talks of a sequel. The movie did not just soar past my expectations but also the studios. The mixture of the movie’s character and raunchy behavior will keep you laughing. This R-Rated (which deserves this rating, so here is your warning) comedy is a must see if you enjoyed Old School.

Rating 3.5 out of 5