Thursday, 18 June 2009

Review: The Hangover

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson

Slightly concerning time for me to go and see this film as my brother was in Hungary on his stag do at the time but this didn't stop me rolling in the aisles.

Set in Vegas this tells the story of Doug (Bartha) embarking on his stag night with his 2 best friends - cool teacher Phil (Cooper) and geeky Doctor/Dentist Stu (Helms) and his soon to be 'weird' brother in law Alan (Galifianakis ). They head out for a night they will never forget and it turns out they do just that.

They wake up the next morning with a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the cupboard and a missing Groom. The hilarity ensues as they retrace the previous night's steps in a bid to get Doug back in time for his wedding. Cue shot gun weddings, camp Asian gangsters, plenty of gambling and of course Mike Tyson.

Where the film lacks in recognisable faces it certainly makes up for in humour and suspense. The story is uncomplicated but keeps you on the edge of your seat as the plot thickens. With all that it has to offer it's little wonder they didn't feel the need to use an all star cast. For me Zach Galifianakis is the star of the show with his character's lack of social grace and weird dress sense.

This gets a 4 out of 5 from me. I fully recommend seeing this film with a crowd.

The next 2 films I fully intend to see are Bruno and Year One so if you see them before me and they turn out to be rubbish (which I very much doubt) please tell me!


  1. I thought that this film would be either really really good or really really bad!!

    On the basis of your review I'm going to suggest that Chris and I go see it this weekend (I've not seen a film that has made me laugh out loud for ages) :-)

    C x

  2. Saw that last night myself - thought it was like a nicer version of Very Bad Things, twas good alright. Can't wait for Bruno either - having seen the ad.

  3. C - To be I hadnt really heard anything about it until the beginning of last week when I was stuck for a film to go see. I scrolled the list a few times and thought this looked good and then radio one started raving about it. It actually received a bizarre round of applause. I've never been at a film that got a clap before (I've seen better films that didnt receive claps so thought it a bit odd) but it was great nonetheless.

    Niamh - I cannot wait for Bruno. Baron Cohen is a genius (although I could have done without the fight scene in Borat :S)