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What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas....Just don't expect to remember it.
I guess it's true about what they say, "some guys just can't handle Vegas." "Hangover" is perhaps one of funniest films of the year as it tells the story of four guys going to Las Vegas, to celebrate Doug Billings' (Justin Bartha) bachelor party, before he gets married in a few days. Things seem to go well, as the guys go for a night on the town but after having a bit too much to drink, they wake up finding themselves having to retrace their steps to find their missing groom. To make matters worse, none of the other three gentlemen remember anything about the night before. Leaving them only a few days to figure everything out before the wedding. Along they way, the three groomsmen stumble upon a few clues that help them along the way, to find Doug. Unfortunately, this also leads to a lot trouble as they have to deal with an asian mafia leader, a stolen a police car, an accidental marriage to a stripper, Jade (Heather Graham), for one of the groomsmen, Stu Price (Ed Helms), a allegedly lost baby, a hospital visit, and Mike Tyson's tiger roaming their hotel bathroom. And you thought your bachelor parties were wild? Todd Phillips does a great job directing this film, as I couldn't stop laughing throughout the movie. Plus, the rest of the cast was pretty awesome as well. Bradley Cooper (Phil Wenneck), Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis were simply hillarious in their perspected roles. I'll admit "Hangover" is not the wittiest comedy in the world, but it's defitely one of the funniest films of the year.
Todd Phillips style of directing for this movie was superb, to say the least. Even though the film never fully tells you everything that happened at the bachelor party, it still gives the you enough information to figure things out. Like the three main characters, the viewer will feel embeded in mystery as to whats going on. Following the character's journey as they little by little put the few clues they have together to figure things out, as it causes the viewer to feel even more immersed into the film's plotline. In one scene, it'll have the audience baffled as to how a lost baby and a wild tiger ended up in their hotel suite, after a wild bachelor party, to laughing outragiously, when the guys discover a naked asian mafia man in their car. From beggining to end, this film will leave the viewer constantly wondering what's going to happen next. As each clue they find, turns from one outragious scenario to an even stranger one, that leads to a lot of provocative predicaments, like having one of the groomsmen, Allan Garner (Zach Galifianakis), get punched in the face by Mike Tyson.
Plus, another great thing about the plot, was that beyond being a great comedy, it also had a few themes that allows the audience to feel even more connected to the three main characters, on a more personal level. At the start of the film, Stu, Phil and Allan are a bit unsatisfied with their lives. Stu is dating a nagging, bitter, controlling girl friend, and whom cheated on him a while back. However, he's in love with her and even plans to propose to her at Doug's wedding. As the film goes on, Stu soon realizes that the woman he loves is nothing more than a heartless wench; courtesy of Phil's advice and meeting Jade. Upon meeting her through his accidental marriage, during the bachelor party and the events that followed, he comes to realize that maybe there's something better out there for him than dating his cheating and controlling girl friend. Phil on the other hand, lives a pretty care free lifestyle outside of this work and family. Feeling trapped by his normal job, working as a elementary school teacher, he tries to use this Vegas trip as a way to let off steam and have a wild time. Where as Allan, has always been used to being an outsider with very little friends outside of Doug, whom happens to be marrying his sister. Along the way, Stu, Allan and Phil develop a keenship with each other, that makes them appreciate the value of their lives, after the whole ordeal.
Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis were hillarious in their respected roles, and had a lot of great chemistry in the movie.
As I've said before, "The Hangover" is probably one of the funniest films this year. Featuring great performances, and a solid story line. Todd Phillips does a great job as he helps create a film, that will leaves audiences guessing throughout most of the movie. "The Hangover" is definitely a must see comedy of the year.
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