The Hangover

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It’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into prior to watching this movie. It’s raunchy inane immature humor, but they’ve made no secret of that, complete with an R rating that is richly deserved. I can’t count the number of times I slapped my forehead in disbelief or tried unsuccessfully to cringe out of my own skin while watching.  Four friends go to Las Vegas as a bachelor party for Doug (Justin Bartha), unbeknownst to their wives and girlfriends, and choosing Doug’s future father-in-law’s vintage Mercedes-Benz for their transportation.  What could possibly go wrong?  Everything, as it turns out.  This is a mélange of all the classic Las Vegas benders ever to grace the silver screen, complete with a trashed hotel suite, a mysterious chicken and a tiger in the bathroom, as well as a baby that obviously doesn’t belong to any of them.  They awake with no memories of the previous night and eventually discover Doug and his mattress (?!) are missing.  Thus begins their quest to find Doug as well as find answers as to what went down last night.  And my goodness, was it was a doozy!  I sincerely doubt it is possible in real life to get in so much trouble in such a short period of time.

But for all the juvenile laughs, atrocious profanity and crude humor, I still give it three stars because in spite of all that, it really was fun, although I haven’t a clue how they managed to eke two sequels out of it.   The scenes with boxer Mike Tyson were downright hilarious and there’s a plethora of truly bizarre characters.  (Watch out when one of the guys opens the trunk of a car!)  This isn’t meant to be believable in any way. It’s escapist entertainment, pure and simple. The vast majority of the stuff in this movie is there for shock value, so hold onto your hats and prepare for a hilarious thrill ride of epic proportions as Phil, Stu and Alan try to sort out what in tarnation happened last night. Be sure to stay for the credits, which features pictures taken during the missing night, but beware, this section of the movie is most definitely rated R, including full male nudity among other things. To wrap this up, I’m going to ask a question that is going to offend people who think every baby is adorable.  Anybody else see the shocking resemblance between the baby and any one of Shrek’s ogre progeny? – BETHANY

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                            “Don’t you think it’s strange that you’ve been in a relationship for three years and you still have to lie [to Melissa] about going to Vegas?”  Stu’s girlfriend Melissa (Rachel Harris), who’s under the mistaken impression the boys have gone for a quiet weekend in Napa Valley.

          Arriving in Vegas  “Don’t let Alan drive, because there’s something wrong with him. .. Oh, and Phil either. I don’t like him.”  Sid Garner, owner of The Car.

“To a night the four of us will never forget.”  Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Phil (Bradley Cooper).

 

The 10 stages of a Las Vegas Bender:

#1  Impaired Judgement  (Heather Grahame as Jade)

         #2  Confusion

         #3  Shock

#4 Attempted Bravado

#5 Bargaining

        #6  Worried Resignation

         #7  False Hope

#8  Dejection

#9  Abject Terror  (Who knew Mike Tyson liked French Bulldogs?)

#10 Rock Bottom

       Mr. Chow and his #2s  (Ian Anthony Dale, Ken Jeong and Michael Li) at a nefarious rendezvous in the Las Vegas desert.

  Seriously, there’s a resemblance!  (Shrek picture found at http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com)

       Sid, Tracy and Linda Garner deal with the fallout from the guys’ Vegas weekend (Jeffrey Tambor, Sasha Barrese and Sondra Currie).

Checking out the camera pictures which tell the whole sordid tale of the missing night.

I disavow any responsibility for the content of this blooper reel:

 

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Green Hat Films and IFP Westcoast Erste

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