Synopsis: They planned a Vegas bachelor party that they would never forget. Now they really need to remember what exactly went down! Whose baby is in the closet of their Caesars Palace suite? How did a tiger get in the bathroom? Why is one of them missing a tooth? And most of all, where is the groom?! What the guys did while partying can’t compare to what they must do sober in an outrageous caper that has them piecing together all their bad decisions from the night before – one hazy clue at a time. Director Todd Phillips (Old School) and an all-aces comedy cast bring it big time with unpredictable situations that somehow all fit together. Tie one on with The Hangover.
The Hangover 7.5
What do tigers dream of
when they take their little tiger snooze?
Do they dream of mauling zebras,
or Halle Berry in her Catwoman suit?
Don’t you worry your pretty stri-ped head,
we’re gonna get you back to Tyson and your cozy tiger bed.
And then we’re gonna find our best friend Doug,
and then we’re gonna give him a best friend hug.
Doug, Doug, oh, Doug, Dougie, Dougie, Doug, Doug!
But if he’s been murdered by crystal meth tweekers,
well then we’re shit out of luck.
-“Doug’s Song“, by Stu Price
‘The Hangover’ is a good, solid comedy. I don’t have much to say about a film like this other than it’s well-constructed and it has enough laughs to guarantee a relatively good time. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough laughs to make it a classic (unlike, say… ‘Life of Brian’ or ‘The Big Lebowski’).
I had half-expected to enjoy it more than this, because I’ve liked all of Todd Philips’ films so far (albeit to varying degrees: ‘Road Trip’ is by far my favourite, and ‘Starsky and Hutch’ is the one I like the least), and because I had been told by someone I respect that it was worth seeing (i.e. I wasn’t basing myself on box office numbers ).
I had been told that, so far as pacing and overall construction are concerned, this one got it right – more so than his other films. While I might be too much of a fan of ‘Road Trip’ to think that it’s remotely uneven, I have to admit that ‘The Hangover’ is unarguably well-made, and conceived intelligently and coherently enough.
But I just didn’t laugh as much as I would liked to; I mostly chuckled, but not once had a gut-bursting moment. The shenanigans weren’t really surprising, even though they weren’t necessarily clichéd. And the actors, while all very good, didn’t pull me in at all (they’re a step up over the ones from ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’, but that’s another story! ).
Still, it’s an enjoyable film, overall, much like ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘I Love You Man’ were (although I found those much funnier!), and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those who can handle crude humour. Truth be told, I get the impression that it’s one of those films that may grow on me over time, as I pop it in the player for a few more spins.
Post Scriptum: I watched both the theatrical and unrated versions (to give it more than one chance) and the differences are so slight one has to wonder why they bothered to make two cuts, aside from the obvious cash grab. It certainly didn’t make movie better, worse or funnier.