Reviewed by: Ethan Samuel Rodgers
Drunkenness in the Bible
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
What advice do you have for new and growing Christians? Answer
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity—such as smoking, gambling, etc.—is wrong? Answer
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
|Featuring:||Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, Ken Jeong, Rachael Harris, more »|
“Old School,” “Road Trip,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “School for Scoundrels”
|Producer:||BenderSpink, Green Hat Films, Legendary Pictures, more »|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Some guys just can’t handle Vegas”
It seems as though every time a new teen party movie comes out, people begin muttering “Hey, this could be the next Superbad.” Bad news, “The Hangover,” this isn’t the comedy you’ve been waiting for. Two words can sum up my entire review for this film: just don’t. I mean it, if there’s one ounce of your jiminy cricket conscience mumbling “maybe I shouldn’t see this,” run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction of the theater.
The story is simple, too simple actually. Even for a “Film de Debauchery” this one lacks any sort of layering in its plot construct. Four friends go to Vegas for a bachelor party and, after a night of partying, lose the groom and have to find him in time for the wedding. That’s it, there’s nothing else, no side plots, nothing. By this I mean, turn down your dumb dial on the way in; you’ll just be miserable if you don’t.
If the plot’s not enough to drive you crazy, the lack of intellectuality in the humor will make you want to rip your hair out, or go and slap the ticket boy at the front of the theater for allowing you to spend 8 dollars on this movie. Director Todd Phillips finds ways to push the envelope in nearly every scene of the film, and he relies heavily on “shock value” for laughs. Sure, the situations they get into are humorous, but how hard is it to generate chuckles when you’ve set yourself up with this premise?
The script was also a letdown, as was the performance of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha. Zach Galifianakis literally carried them through 96 minutes of “one thing after another,” and had he not been in this, the whole film might have been a bust as he earned nearly every bit of every star that I gave this film by himself.
The most depressing part of it all was the trailer reveals a majority of the best sequences. If you watched the trailer like I did, you just lost 50% of the laughs easily, and honestly, what would have been the best ones. The rest of the film is mostly just Zach Galifianakis making nonsensical jokes while Ed Helms rants and raves about how terrible his life is while rubbing the gap where one of his front teeth used to be, followed by Bradley Cooper shouting a profanity about how miserable their situation is: i.e., “Man we’re so F____ed!”
I won’t go into the moral details too much. Let’s be honest, it’s rated R; it’s a film about grown men partying so hard they can’t remember an entire night. You as a viewer don’t need me to spoon feed you or tell you that you should tread carefully. I will say that, if you have a problem with any curse word under the sun, male butts, topless women, or sexual innuendo, don’t bother. There’s a plethora of the above listed, as well as a few even more deeply disturbing photographs shown during the credits that I won’t even mention.
I suppose the worst news of all is that it’s been announced that “The Hangover 2” will begin production next year, and considering I just saw the midnight showing of the first installment, that’s a little dismaying. So, for you comedy buffs out there that really are intent on seeing this, hey, who’s going to stop you (maybe your parents, I suppose), but believe me, the lack of layers in the story, the nonsensical dialogue, and the overall “wow, I can’t believe that I just saw that while sitting in a movie theater” factor, probably will leave you at least a little disappointed. So to answer the now two year-old question “Is this the next Superbad?” Nope… Just nope.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
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