Monday, February 1, 2010

Media Monday - The Hangover left me floored

What Now?

Up until this weekend I am pretty sure that my wife and I were the only people left in the world who had not seen The Hangover. We both heard from countless friends and family that not only was The Hangover a must see movie, but it was one of the funniest in the history of film.

Well, finally after weeks of waiting the Netflix gods answered our prayers and sent us this movie. After we tucked the kids in bed, waiting the necessary 15 minuets until they stopped coming into our room complaining of a belly ache or other ailment that was keeping them awake, we snuck downstairs, grabbed a glass of wine, popped in the movie and waited for the hilarity to come.

And come it did. Now, I don't know if I'm ready to put this movie in the class of Old School and Wedding Crashers, but I will say this was one damn funny movie. How can you go wrong with this storyline...four guys in Vegas to celebrate a friends upcoming wedding. I mean come on, this movie could do no wrong. Throw in a Mike Tyson cameo and you have comedy gold I tell ya.

What was great about this movie is you never actually see the night of male stupidity in action, but the next day when the boys, all a little "hungover" try to piece the evening together in order to find their missing friend, the groom. Each new piece of the puzzle is revealed, and as the story builds so does the funny. I just about peed myself when the "lucky charm" jumps out of the trunk of the car and beats the shit out of all the guys with a tire iron (if you've seen the movie you know the scene, if not just know there is full frontal nudity involved, and not the good kind!)

The cast is equal to the story as well. You have the good looking trouble maker played by Bradley Cooper, who I have to admit is a very handsome fella..if you like that kinda thing. The poor sap friend with the bitch-from-hell girlfriend played by Ed Helms (also know as the Nard Dog from The Office). The misfit soon-t0-be brother-in-law invited as a friendly family gesture played by Zack Galifanakis (I have never heard of this guy before, but he steals the show in my opinion) and of course the reluctant and missing groom played by Justin Bartha. It's great to see a comedy with relatively fresh faces. Don't get me wrong, I can watch Vince Vaughn, either Olson brother and Seth Rogan until the cows come home, but it's nice to see some other actors shine.

The one thing my wife and I could not stop talking about is how "rough" they made these guys look the day after. I mean really, if this movie wins any awards it should be for make-up, because it was spot on. We've all been there, and you can just feel their pain when they wake up the next morning. It made me stop drinking my glass of wine about half way through.

So, overall I gotta give this movie 4 out of 5 what nows. If you like comedy and are not too easily offended you must see this movie, oh...I almost forgot, you already did see it. Well now you can talk about it in front of me without giving anything away. And always remember
"what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit'll come back with you."

Take care and peace out!


  1. I haven't seen it yet either and have been meaning to! Your recap definitely motivates me to Netflix it stat. I hardly ever watch tv or movies so that's why I am soooooooooo behind in the times!

  2. I missed it, instead, hearing the bails of laughter coming out of the other room as my partner watched....I think I'd better go rent it again. Find my self some alone time...


  3. And here I thought we were the last people to have seen that movie. We just watched it Saturday night as well. It was extremely funny. How great was it that the band from Wedding Crashers showed up in this movie. We thought that was a nice touch.

  4. I have seen it 4 times I think. I own it as well for future viewings. I rank it up there with Old School and here is why. Old School was a game changer for me. It was the first movie I granted "classic" status in a long long time. It started off a run of Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Wilsons, etc. movies that I loved. Then those movies started getting old. Now along comes the Hangover to sneak in and start a whole new thing with new funny men. I hope it jump starts the comedy genre again. I still support Ferrell and Rogen and their respective crews but their movies are sucking lately.