Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Hangover. A-

Now here is a comedy worth seeing. 'The Hangover,' which was a massive box office success (and also a huge hit on the DVD shelves) only seven months old, is already a classic. Even if you haven't seen the movie, you've probably heard about it by now. Four guys, one to be married the following day, head to Vegas for a bachelor party. They're ready for the biggest night of their lives, but when they wake up the next morning, they can't remember anything. All they know is that they're severely hungover, there's a baby and a tiger in their $4200 villa, and the groom-to-be is missing. Before this the movie already has the audience cracking up, but amazingly it doesn't lose any of its power until the very end, when we're so tired of laughing that it doesn't really matter if it's not funny anymore. The movie works a lot like a detective story as the three friends look for clues to find out what exactly happened the night before. We're just as curious as they are. The biggest stars, in terms of bring out laughs, are Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper, who play two of the four buddies attending Vegas. Galifianakis is particularly memorable as Alan, the witless hilarious brother-in-law of the groom. He provides the funniest moments in the movie. I think the best scene, though it's difficult to pick out just one, is when he's guarding their vintage Mercedes (the groom's gift from his fiance's father) at a gas station. An old man walks up to him and comments that he's got a sweet ride. Alan, intent on protecting the car, rudely orders the old man to not go near the car, to look at it, or even look at him. Hilarious. As is the movie itself.

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