First of all, I want to apologize for it being Sunday and just now getting a review up. I’ve got relatives in so I haven’t gotten a chance to go see a new movie for a review, so I’ll review an old one from last year: The Hangover. If you’re like me, you’ve heard the endless praises of this movie since the day it came out. You heard people quoting lines from it, talking about how the laughed through the whole thing, and how it was the funniest movie they’ve ever seen period. Well, I’m here to separate fact from fiction about the hype that this movie got.
The Hangover is about a group of friends, Doug, Stu, and Phil, (Bartha, Helms, and Cooper respectively) who go off on a bachelor party for Doug. They end up taking along Doug’s brother-in-law, Alan (Galikianakis), who is a very eccentric guy to put it lightly. They end up losing Doug after their first night in Vegas, none of them remembering what happened the previous night. The whole movie is a story of the morning after really, and it has made for a nice story. First off, let me warn you, this probably isn’t a movie to let your kids see. It’s got lots of crude elements in it, but that doesn’t detract at all from the movie. If anything, it makes the movie as good as it is. It wouldn’t be the same without the crude humor that was in it. Even if you don’t want to listen to the hype, I’ll tell you this, it’s most likely the funniest movie of ’09. But, don’t listen to all the hype. It’s not the funniest movie of the decade or anything like that. They’re weren’t many great comedies in ’09, so don’t be super impressed by that statement. There were plenty of funny parts in this film, like the Tiger song that Stu (Ed Helms) sings in the hotel room, and practically every single thing Alan (Zach Galifianakis) says through the movie. But overall, this movie is way way over-rated. It’s not hilarious all the way through. There are a lot of funny parts, but the majority of the movie won’t make you roll on the floor.There are memorable quotes throughout, though mostly Alan’s, that you will be quoting to your friends for a while after you see it, but it’s not all that it’s hyped up to be.
So, basically, what I’m trying to say is that this is a very funny movie, probably the funniest of ’09, but it doesn’t live up to the hype it received. Don’t think that’s the movie’s fault though, people just hyped it up too much for you to trust how funny they say it is. So, if you’re in the mood for a comedy, watch The Hangover by all means, but don’t expect it to get as many laughs as everyone says it will get. Plenty, yes, but not as many as people have told you.
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