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?