Three guys who can’t remember their wildest night equals a non-stop comedic ride.

Around 3 minutes into The Hangover, director Todd Phillips gives us the movie’s first among many hilarious moments: a jab at one of the characters’ weight. The movie’s hilarity starts there. At the end, you’ll be off your seat rolling with laughter. And it’s worht every bit of it’s R rating in the U.S. and its A rating in India. This is The Hangover.

The Hangover starts with Tracy on her wedding day getting a call from Phil (Bradley Cooper). Phil says that they’ve lost her fiance, Doug (Justing Bartha) and their wedding should be called off. We flash back two days earlier, when Doug and his three friends, Phil, Stu (Ed Helms) and his soon-to-be brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifiankis) go to Vegas for Doug’s bachelor party. They end up in a $4,200 a night villa and have shots on the roof. We flash to the next morning…where Doug is missing and the other three can’t remember what happened last night. They start their search and find a tiger, a baby, a Las Vegas cop car and Stu’s missing a tooth. What happened?

The writers, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, have a written a comedic masterpiece. It’s a movie you can’t forget, with all the three central characters clueless and everyone else having the bits and pieces. The plot is hilarious, because it catches you by surprise each and every time. The main characters learn as the audience does, and their reactions are what make us laugh. The time-frame of the night is great and so are the gags. The writers should be credited more than the director here.

The actors are all at the top of their game here, especially Zach Galifiankis. His performance is arguably the best, probably because of his bumbling child-like behavior in the film. Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper also have great performances, as confused as their third amigo. Mike Tyson cameo is extremely funny, what with him drumming in the air and then punching someone in the face, not laughing your guts out would be weird. Ken Jeong delivers a hilarious performance as a mob boss…you get it. Everyone rocks here.

Extra points for production design and camera work. Todd Phillips’ choice of music suits the mood of Vegas and the mood of the film, pishing it forward. There are a lot of references and parodies to other movies here.

One of the best movies to come out of Hollywood recently. A cracking script. But I wonder why they want to make a sequel when you can’t?



99 times the fun!

There are quite a few movies to come out of the Indian cinema industry that are worth watching, and these are low-budget films. A movie that is running in theatres now is a films called 99. It may be low-budget, but it’s better than most of the mainstream nonsense that Bollywood is known for. And with it’s interesting twists and turns, you can see this for many times.

99 is about Sachin (Kunal Khemu) and Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha), are two guys with an illegal cellphone business. Whoever doesn’t want to pay their cellphone bills go to them. But the police track them and they run, and comically get into an accident. They owe AGM (Mahesh Manjrekar), a gang boss who loans money to people and wants to see it back. 4 Months Later, AGM sends the duo to Delhi to get the money owed by a couple of people. It is here that Rahul (Boman Irani) comes into the picture. He’s a compulsive gambler who rarely wins. On top of owing AGM, Rahul also owes Kuber (Amit Mistry), a short Delhi gangster. The plot brews in the background of match fixing in cricket. And there’s also a hotel manager, Pooja (Soha Ali Khan), who is the only female with something to do here.

The story and the lot in this movie are great. This is the first movie that is like a Tarantino/Coen movie and it succeeds in that aspect. The second half is the most hilarious and the twists and turns are really funny. You’ll be laughing your rocker off for 2 and a half hours.

After seeing this movie, a question arises in my mind: Why the heck is this the first movie that comes closer to Hollywood standards than big budget films?, Everything in this movie does not look artificial, and the sound mixing and editing of the movie is great. Cinematography is also good, and performances are excellent, so why? I think it comes from the fact that the big-budget movies are so over the top with outrageous plots and some bad technicals. Whatever, because these movies should be made more.

The performances in this movie are quirky and are enjoyable. Notable performances include Amit Mistry, Boman Irani and Mahesh Manjrekar. Cyrus Broacha is huge and the directors have made him make fun of himself. I can’t say anything more because these performances are good.

The directors, Raj Nidimoru and DK Krishna, know what they are doing since they wrote the screenplay. They’ve done a great job with this movie and I don’t know what else to say. Catch it, it’ll be worth your time. At least much more than seeing some other Hindi movie right now.