The Hangover – The Two Man Wolfpack Review

June 29, 2009

They're hungover

They're hungover

Fred’s review:

So, the Hangover. Yes, as the reviews like to point out, it is another entry in what has become a long line of bromances (a tradition that Zach Braff and Donald Faison of Scrubs fame recently claim to have started). But that doesn’t make it any less funny. The writers have given themselves a smart set-up; the three groomsmen spend the majority of the movie going back and re-examining the events of the previous, forgotten night in order to find the missing groom (I don’t think this is spoiling anything as any trailer for the movie would tell you as much).

I’m going to say up front that this format is both a strength and one of the few weaknesses of the movie. It is constantly moving forward, zigzagging from one recounted mishap to another. If one of the scenarios they find themselves in starts to lag a little, well in a few minutes they’ll be at another location, talking to another zany character and undergoing a whole new routine. But at the same time, there isn’t a lot of coherency to the overall movie. There are still plenty of holes at the end  as to the exact course of the evening’s festivities, and the events themselves don’t lead from one to the other naturally. If the movie had just followed them through the night in question it would have been horrible, because the shenanigans without the framework don’t have any kind of connections.

But honestly, unless you’re keeping score that doesn’t matter. Each of these little situations provides plenty of fodder for the three talented actors behind the groomsmen, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis in particular is unafraid on screen, seemingly willing to go to any length that the movie requires of him. His Alan is, in his own words, “a one man wolf-pack”, someone who has absolutely no self-awareness. In a movie that’s all about giving into the pleasure instinct Galifianakis represents pure id, which makes him pure comedy to watch.

I was laughing throughout, from Mike Tyson to the baby to the hilarious Mr. Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong, most recently of Role Models and in the trailer for The Goods). It is a movie of excess in every sense; you can tell that the writers put in every joke that they could think of, which results in a movie that has something going on in each scene. The final proof of this is in the ending, where whatever punches you thought might have been pulled are let loose. By the time you leave the theater you’ll feel as though you’re ready to take on your own night worth forgetting.

Matt’s Review:

Lets get this out of the way right off the bat, The Hangover is a delightful movie from start to finish. And not just because it’s funny. (Which it is. All the time.) In the Hangover, four guys go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, and only three of them wake up in the hotel room the next day with no memory of the night’s events. This leaves the three groomsmen scrambling all over the city, piecing together what happened in order to locate the missing groom. The interesting storytelling kept me just as involved as the humor did, and I was laughing throughout the entire film.

The humor in this movie is absurd. Tiger in the bathroom, baby with sunglasses, Mike Tyson absurd.If you saw the movie you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it then there is something wrong with you. The closest thing I can compare this to are the recent Judd Apatow hits, and they have been some of my favorite comedies of the past few years. If you enjoyed them, go see this right now.

A strong cast, strong writing, and interesting plot tie together to make this the best comedy I have seen this year. There isn’t a whole lot I can say about this movie that my cohort hasn’t already said (yes, Ken Jeong was fantastic and I can’t wait to see The Goods, and you can’t put enough emphasis on the bromance). If you like raunchy, no holds barred comedy, then this is the movie for you.

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