Saturday, August 1, 2009

Review: The Hangover

I have finally gotten around to watching the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all-time, mostly because I've given up on trying to go to the theater and just watched in on This makes judging comedies even harder. When you're watching it with at least a few people (or ideally a theater full of them) it's easier to laugh because humor's so contagious. But when it's just me lying in bed watching a comedy on a low-res browser, it takes a lot to get me to LOL.

That being said, the Hangover easily passes the test. When I wasn't full-on giggling, I was at least enjoying the humor. You'll hate the soundtrack if you're not into Kanye and all that shitty dance pop, but that's only a minor complaint. Bradley Cooper (Phil) is there to look cool and be the leader of the group, and he does just fine. The hilarious Ed Helms (Stu) is a worrying dentist in a horrible relationship with a bitch girlfriend. And Zach Galifianakis (Alan) is an awkward simpleton who steals the film with lines like:

Alan Garner: You probably get this a lot. This isn't the real Caesar's Palace is it?
Lisa: What do you mean?
Alan Garner
: Did, umm... did Caesar live here?
: No.
Alan Garner
: I didn't think so.


Phil Wenneck
: You're not really wearing that are you?
Alan Garner: Wearing what?
Phil Wenneck
: The man purse. You actually gonna wear that or are you just fuckin' with me?
Alan Garner: It's where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.
Phil Wenneck: So does Joy Behar.

Yeah, there's a little bit of a Dude, Where's My Car vibe to this, and with Mike Tyson, a tiger, a stripper/escort, Ed Helms singing, and a naked Asian thrown into the mix, there's just a lot of weird stuff happening. Luckily, you really don't care about all that because the interaction between the three main characters always keep the plot funny and interesting. You've probably already seen this movie, but if not, then you suck.


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