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  • Published: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

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  • 1419878948
  • 9781419878947
  • 883929057832

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The hangover

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Call number: DVD Comedy Hangover

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Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor.

Angelenos Doug Billings and Tracy Garner are about to get married. Two days before the wedding, Doug and his groomsmen hop into Tracy's father's Mercedes for a 24-hour stag party in Las Vegas. The morning after their arrival in Vegas, they awaken in their Caesars Palace hotel suite each with the worst hangover. No one remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles and Doug is missing. Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand and go on a journey of discovery. However, it's a race against time since they need to find Doug and get him back to Los Angeles in time for the wedding.

DVD, widescreen and full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

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Makes me want to go to Vegas

WARNING: Do not sneek roofies into your friends drinks. It will not end well.

Lots of Fun

This movie is definitely worth a look!

so funny

this movie was extremely funny albeit slightly inappropriate 3/4 of the time. as long as you don't look at the pictures during the credits however, you are fine. i think that zach... did the best job but everyone else was also good.

Inventive Comedy

A laugh-a-minute riot.

Clever

This movies starts off as your typical "guys in vegas" film, but it soon turns into a comedic mystery.

wahoo

nice job

Funny!

Hilarious and outrageous!

good movie

tis was an hilarious movie

love it

theres hangover number 2 and i can't wait no 1 knows stue like i do, not u, not u, nopt u, like i said no one knows stue like is doo!

Most Overrated Film of the Decade?

For all the hype and hubbub about this one, I fell asleep within the first 35 minutes. When I woke up at the 1:07 point or so, nothing had changed. The protagonists were still appearing in rooms with various caricatures, having the plot explained to them in halting, poorly-written diatribes that must have been given no more than one take each (because actors behaving awkwardly is always funny, even when it's because they've been left in the lurch by the script, directing, and their own lack of commitment!). I told my partner that something really amazing must have happened in the 40 minutes or so I was asleep to make this movie worthy of a tenth of its reputation; she did not offer any redeeming words.

I'm a humongous fan of "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," so it's not that I can't respect movies where the main characters run from one ridiculous, unbelievable scenario to another. In fact, that's the main reason I enjoy H+K so much; I consider it a modern epic poem, telling the tale of the trials and tribulations of my generation (including that of recognizing what we want, and that of suffering hugely - and willingly - for even the most mundane of those desires) in the most matter-of-fact tone possible in such absurd circumstances.

But "The Hangover" doesn't do any of that. Someone with some money saw that movies where men act like rude boys and have unlikely exploits were in style, and made one as quickly as possible. There is no journey here. There is no message, and if you really don't have anything to say, why spend a lot of time and effort doing it well, right?

Worse is that this movie - which has nothing to say in the first place - has at least three endings (not alternate endings... three endings IN the movie). Why?

There were some parts of "The Hangover" that were worth talking about. Unfortunately it's because I found them vaguely offensive and misogynistic. It's funny that a man is the victim of domestic violence by a woman (because obviously women aren't really strong enough to do that in real life, or obviously if they tried the man would beat the woman up); even the most beautiful of the 'ladies of the night' will instantly marry any drunk, nerdy vanilla guy that comes along and gives her a ring (or are we to believe that all Vegas prostitutes look like Heather Graham?)... and still be interested in that relationship after he takes the ring back the next morning; any beautiful bride is capable of extreme meanness if any part of 'her' day is threatened, but can be placated with the weakest and most incomplete apologies and explanations ever made at the altar (while the officiator is speaking the words that were so important just moments earlier). There are more instances of stereotyping and prejudice for the sake of a cheap laugh or moving the story along, but I simply didn't care enough about "The Hangover" to remember them.

And then there's Mike Tyson, playing (with a lot of cuts - was he only able to remember one line at a time?) a sensitive, regal bachelor offended at even the slightest of dirty jokes. I'll leave it up to your sensibilities to decide whether a convicted rapist being upset that someone simulated (clothes on) illegal acts with his pet tiger is funny, or just sad.

Most of the actual funny moments in the film are direct copies of scenes from other films. Some (card-counting scene) are done as homage. Many (wild animal waking up in back of car, a la Harold and Kumar, a la Tommy Boy) are done because the writing is poor and boring and no one could think of a laugh for this particular thirty seconds of the film

Finally, no one is anywhere near their best in this film. Ed Helms, while acceptably quirky in "The Office," has really never been as good as he was on "The Daily Show." It's clear that his repertoire is limited and has run out. Galifianakis, whose schtick works pleasantly in HBO's "Bored to Death," can't find a place for it in this movie, teetering between (offensively) playing someone with true mental disabilities and someone who's just the logical, extreme conclusion to the previously-mentioned clamor for man-boy characters. Bartha and Cooper are entirely forgettable. Ken Jeong might be the best part of the film; his caricature (and boy, is it that) actually works as an unexpected roadside attraction, and at least got me to chuckle a bit. Sadly, his character's henchmen suffered from the same lack of believability as everyone else, and existed only to explain the plot more, throwing a wrench in the works every time Jeong started to make me giggle.

Highly, highly overrated.

4/10

Not on Board

I read lots of reviews of this film and everyone seemed to love it, even Roger Ebert who I have the utmost respect for. I just don't get it. There were certainly funny moments but I just didn't like it overall. The characters bugged me, especially the Chinese gangster. I usually like crude humor, but no. Nope. Not feeling it.

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