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'The Hangover' Review: Outlandish Humor That Will Make You Laugh

Evan Crean Evan Crean
June 5th, 2009 3:55pm EDT
The HangoverSometimes in life what you see is what you get, but I've found that's not necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to "The Hangover" what you see is exactly what you get; and it's a great thing.

Brought to you by Todd Philips, the director of college themed movies like "Road Trip" and "Old School," "The Hangover" is an outrageous comedy loaded with gut busting laughs.

Set to get married in three days, Doug Billings sets out with his groomsmen for a wild night of debauchery, driving his future father-in-law's classic Mercedes. Along for the ride, are his kooky soon to be brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis), his uptight dentist friend Stu (Ed Helms), and his crude teacher pal Phil (Bradley Cooper).

The crew arrives in Vegas, where they check into a pricey villa at Caesar's Palace, and sneak onto the roof for a celebratory drink. After that however, a pan of the camera obscures the gang, as time lapse photography shows Las Vegas night turn into day.

There are shots of carnage in their expensive suite the next morning; the room is destroyed. Passed out in various places throughout the room, the groomsmen slowly awaken to a number of surprises. There is a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet, Stu is missing a tooth, and Doug is nowhere to be found!

With absolutely no memory of the prior night's shenanigans Phil, Stu, and Alan set out on a desperate quest to retrace their steps and discover Doug's whereabouts, so they can get him back to Los Angeles in time for his wedding.

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As the three uncover their actions from the previous night, there are non-stop gags, a forgotten wedding, and a hilarious cameo appearance from "Iron Mike" Tyson.

Comedian Zach Galifianakis steals the show as the quirky brother-in-law Alan. His childlike innocence combined with his perverted mind, produces some great one-liners. Incredibly socially awkward, Alan clearly makes Phil and Doug uncomfortable at many points. It's nice to finally see Galifianakis in a mainstream comedy where he can get more widespread recognition.

Ed Helms, known for his antics on "The Office," is brilliant as the nervous wreck, Stu. Lying to his girlfriend about bachelor party's destination, Stu lives in constant fear of her wrath. His reckless adventures from the bachelor party though, free him from his girlfriend's shackles and help him regain his confidence. Helms shines vocally as Stu, belting out a hilarious song about the search for Doug, playing the hotel room's piano.

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Bradley Cooper, while not overly funny, does an excellent job as the group's ringleader Phil. Strong supporting characters like the father-in-law played by Jeffrey Tambor and the stripper played by Heather Graham, inject additional laughs into the film however.

On first appearance, "The Hangover" seems like an oddball comedy filled with sophomoric jokes. The movie certainly fulfills those expectations, but its style works. While it's guilty of raunchy jokes typical to movies of the genre, it does a fair job of cutting down on those in favor of other forms of comedy like slapstick. If you like outlandish humor and you're looking to laugh this weekend, definitely check out "The Hangover."

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.


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