The Hangover

Released:  2009

Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor

SUMMARY:  For his bachelor party, Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) and his three groomsmen head to Las Vegas.  Two of the groomsmen, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) are old friends of Doug’s; the third, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is about to become Doug’s brother-in-law.  The next morning, Phil, Stu and Alan wake up to find that Doug is gone.  They have no idea where he is, and in fact have no memory of what happened the night before.  In addition, their hotel suite is full of odd objects, including a tiger, chicken and a baby, whom Alan decides to call “Carlos”.  They have also apparently swapped their car for a police car.  Eventually the three are able to put a few pieces together and start to revisit the previous evening in reverse order.  They first go to the hospital where they learn that the memory loss is because they all took Rohypnol (roofies, or the date-rape drug), then to a chapel.  Much to their surprise, they learn that Stu married a stripper, Jade (Heather Graham), the previous evening.  When they finally track down Jade, they find that she is the baby’s mother (and his real name is Tyler, not Carlos).  The three men are then arrested for taking the police car, but are able to get their own car back — but find that there’s a naked Chinese guy in the trunk.  At this point, Alan admits that he was responsible for giving everybody the roofies, as he thought they were ecstasy.

The boys finally go back to their hotel, only to find Mike Tyson waiting for them.  Tyson owns the tiger, and demands to have it back.  Miraculously, the guys manage to do this, and by looking at security camera footage from Tyson’s house, get some clues to Doug’s location.  When they get back in the car though, they are purposely hit by a group of gangsters controlled by the Chinese man from the trunk.  This man, Chow, claims that the three took $80,000 of his money:  he has kidnapped Doug, and intends to kill him if the money is not returned.  None of the guys, or Jade, has any idea where the money is, so Alan counts cards at a casino and wins enough money to pay of Chow.  Unfortunately, Chow has not kidnapped their Doug, but rather the man who sold Alan the roofies, whose name is also Doug.  This man does say something that gives Stu an idea, though, and they return to the hotel.  Finally, they find the right Doug:  he is on the hotel roof, having been put there the night before by his groomsmen as a practical joke (but then forgotten).  The guys have to hurry to get home in time for the wedding, but Stu decides to come back and see Jade soon.  On the plane, Phil, Stu and Alan get a surprise:  Doug has Chow’s $80,000.  When they get home, Doug gets married, and Stu breaks up with his long-time girlfriend (in favor of Jade).  Alan then starts looking at Stu’s digital camera, and finds that there are tons of pictures detailing their forgotten Vegas evening.

MY TAKE:  I thought this movie would be really funny, which is kind of odd because I don’t understand the point of getting drunk.  Granted, the guys took roofies, which is responsible for much of their “hangover”, but there was also drinking.  It’s Vegas.  Unfortunately, I found the movie to be too ridiculous to be funny.  I like the idea of not being able to find the friend, and having to retrace a crazy evening, but the things they apparently got up to were too bizarre.  Managing to steal Mike Tyson’s tiger and kidnapping a gang boss?  That’s some pretty crappy security, if three guys that are higher than kites can get past it.  Then there’s Carlos, and counting cards, and the fact that they somehow managed to put Doug on the roof, but nobody else could tell he was there.  It’s just too unbelievable for me.  And Jade must be a really irresponsible mom for letting a guy she just met take off with her infant son.  Just sayin’.

RATING:  Didn’t live up to the hype.


2 thoughts on “The Hangover

  1. I think I’ll disagree with your view point. Movies are allowed to be ridiculous and crazy. And even in retracing the steps, there were quite a few funny moments, like when the Tazing and Bradley Copper’s “Ma’am in the leapord Dress”.
    But i think you missed one more thing that the movie, for a comedy movie had a lot of heart as well, like Bradley Cooper realising he loves his wife and son and Stu finally screwing away with his abusive girlfriend and what Doug says at the Altar.
    But yes, i can realte how so much hype can create a lot of expectations. I’d recommend you watch it again once with no previous expectations.


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