the best “hangover” you’ll ever have.

Go see The Hangover.  Immediately. Drop whatever you’re doing, get in your car, drive to the nearest movie theater and dish out $10.50 for a ticket. You won’t be sorry.

This is easily the funniest movie I’ve seen in years, and given the lack of creativity in the movie industry, will probably be the funniest movie I’ll see for a while. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s script is full of great lines that will surely become repeated to the point of irritation, but most of the credit has to go to the three leading men. Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), Ed Helms (The Office), and Zach Galifianakis (What Happens in Vegas) use their varied comedic talents and improv skills to bring what could otherwise be a script of clunky one-liners to life.

Galifianakis is the film’s breakout star as Alan, the strange man-child who’s only along on the bachelor party trip because his sister is the bride-to-be. Alan’s funniest lines are non-sequiturs that have nothing to do with the scene at hand, but that hint of absurdist comedy stood out among gags like flamboyant Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and Stu (Helms) drunkenly marrying a stripper/escort (Heather Graham) who is just a little too good-natured and sweet considering she sells her body for a living. I loved Stu and all of his neurotic, worrisome behaviors, not to mention the fact that he (possible spoiler if you’re that picky…) drunkenly pulls out his own tooth to prove to Phil (Cooper) that he’s a good dentist.

The supporting players are good, too. Justin Bartha (National Treasure) is pleasantly bland as groom-to-be Doug, although Doug is only in about 10 percent of the movie, so they easily could have used a cardboard cutout to save money. I absolutely loved Rachael Harris (pretty much every clip show on VH1 from 2003-2006) as Stu’s overbearing girlfriend, and Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) had a few funny bits as the father of Alan and the bride-to-be.

I could detail the best parts of the plot, but that ruins the fun. The great thing about The Hangover is that you have no idea what to expect, and you’re just as in the dark as the characters are. The humor is way off, so leave your morality and righteousness in the car, but honestly, if you expect morals in this movie, then you clearly didn’t watch the previews very closely.

(Image courtesy of NY Daily News.)


Advertisements
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: