The Hangover (15)

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Comedy

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Time Out says

Tue Jun 9 2009

Mainstream comedy has always been a staunchly phallocentric affair, but recent months have seen a shift away from the loveable-doofus antics of the Frat pack into altogether more worrying territory. Spearheaded by the UK’s own ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’, 2009’s comic slate displays a disturbing attitude towards the fairer sex: sure, they’re nice to look at, but they’re also superfluous, and potentially even life-threatening.

Todd Phillips’s previous big success, ‘Old School’, fell squarely in the frat camp, marrying ’80s-style debauchery with a broad streak of appealingly daft slapstick. ‘The Hangover’ retains the former but ditches the latter in favour of a series of loud, aggressive, increasingly unlikely set-piece gags. An intriguing, time-hopping set-up – a group of friends wake after a Vegas stag party and attempt to piece together the previous night’s activities – is wasted on obnoxious characters, celebrity cameos and crass attempts at humour.

It doesn’t help that the central cast is almost entirely forgettable, from the smug lounge lizardry of Bradley Cooper to the boisterous Jack Black-lite of Zach Galifianakis. A genuine star – Vaughn, Rudd, either Wilson brother – would have made these characters likeable, rather than simply pitiful and tiring. Ironically, the only memorable performance in the film – aside from a lumbering, if entirely appropriate, cameo from Mike Tyson – is given by Heather Graham as a hapless hooker. Her geisha-like docility, contrasted with a vicious, hectoring performance from Rachael Harris as a castrating girlfriend, sums up the film’s prehistoric attitude: women may be cute, but dudes don’t need the hassle.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 12, 2009

Duration:

100 mins

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Smokey

Finally someone who can realise this is a terrible movie. To all those who found it "funny" your IQ is probably very low or your just a prepubescent teenager.

Antwan

Wow, Zach Galifinakis is quite possibly the only original comedian out there. He uses the awkward bearded intelligent man approach, better than your Dane Cooks...I suppose ever since Jonny Carson left his 10:30 slot you've never looked at comedy the same. Go watch Monty Python and soil your diapers old man.

Gerald

Tom, with a due respect, you're a ritard. yes, a ritard, like rainman. you guys are probably twins. this movie was hilarious. by far the funniest thing i've seen in a long time

Gerald

Tom, with a due respect, you're a ritard. yes, a ritard, like rainman. you guys are probably twins. this movie was hilarious. by far the funniest thing i've seen in a long time

Thomas Noctor

Meet the parents good but not as good as The Hangover, Zoolander is dirt! Next you'll be telling me Anchor Man is good!

Thomas Noctor

Meet the parents good but not as good as The Hangover, Zoolander is dirt! Next you'll be telling me Anchor Man is good!

chris the twat

thats why i worry for the future of humanity Thomas-allthough its only a hit on dvd which is encoraging as it means all the single brain celled amaebas are indoors and out of the way

Thomas Noctor

Chris the TWAT its not just me! This film is huge World Wide, maybe its u that stays in too much, u crazy mad party animal!

Thomas Noctor

Chris the TWAT its not just me! This film is huge World Wide, maybe its u that stays in too much, u crazy mad party animal!

Danni

I've been hearing off so many people that The Hangover is such an amazingly funny film to watch. But when I watched it, I was bored the whole way through, I could predict everything that was going to happen, and the humor was cheap. I was so happy when it was over. The way the men act... disrespectful, disgusting and completely annoying. Plus, it was extremely unrealistic. This is obviously a man's film. I wasn't amused one bit. I wanted the 2 hours of my life back. I guess that's what I get for listening to opinions of idiotic people that I don't particularly like. This movie was appalling.

Mark

What a crap film. This is the worst I've seen in a long time. Mean-spirited humor directed toward infants and elderly people, etc.. Not one of the characters besides Heather Graham were in the least bit believable much less likable. I want those two hours of my life back.

Thomas Noctor

Chris the TWAT didnt like this funny film and wants to buy food instead? Enough said! I bet he's the life and soul of the party!

Thomas Noctor

Chris the TWAT didnt like this funny film and wants to buy food instead? Enough said! I bet he's the life and soul of the party!

JJ

First off I will say this movie was fun to watch, and since I saw it on Blu-Ray I noticed there's actually some really good cinematography in a few scenes. Now that I have that out of the way, I'll say that I can't understand why everybody is going around acting like this is the best movie ever made. It was mildly amusing at best. I felt like it should have been longer for some reason, and a lot of the humor was just stupid, and not the fun kind of stupid. I didn't need to see a fat hairy guy's bare butt in multiple shots while he talked to his soon-to-be brother-in-law, and it really wasn't funny to watch him grab a baby's hand and make it look like it was masturbating, or when he yelled at the tailor for getting "too close "to his "shaft". Imagining a theater of people laughing hysterically at stuff like that makes me wonder how long it will be until we have movies like "Ass" (as seen in the film "Idiocracy") winning awards and everyone raving about how great they are. Like I said, it was a basically a fun movie to watch, and definitely has its moments, but I still can't see why people are going around telling me I "need to see it" because it's so hilarious. Overall I would probably give it a three out of five stars. You're probably better off watching "Dude Where's My Car?".

nick

Ok, twat and Tom huddleston, if your miserable enough in your own lives that you cant enjoy comedy on such a simplistic and ironic basis as displayed in this film i pity you. The whole purpose of films such as this are to get people to not worry, or care. and by the way Tom, the actor are not forgettable. Some of zachs early stuff is just as funny. In all fairness I think your review of this film would be so much more lighthearted and you would enjoy it a lot more if you removed the stick from your ass and tried to enjoy the cinema. Twat, if you hated it that bad, you don'y have to lie to us, we know you went in with a bias, and not open mindedness. Plain to see. Go watch it again and try to enjoy yourself fellas

Stevie

This is one of the funniest films i and everyone i know has seen in a while. This was so good I didn't want it to end....Which is how i stumbled upon this review. I was looking for a bad review of this film and I couldn't find one. Well until i came across this timeout review. All i can say to anyone reading for an acurate view of this movies is don't read any reviews and just rent it. I went to the premiere and avoided trailers and reviews (as to not spoil it) i didn't know what it was about and I cried with laughter throughout the whole movie, stopping only to see or hear the next joke. This film did so well with audiences that they prepared to film Hangover 2 by the time it was released in britain. It's good and the bad reviewers either have no sense of humour or are comically dull. Dont listen to the drips and go watch it!

Stevie

This is one of the funniest films i and everyone i know has seen in a while. This was so good I didn't want it to end....Which is how i stumbled upon this review. I was looking for a bad review of this film and I couldn't find one. Well until i came across this timeout review. All i can say to anyone reading for an acurate view of this movies is don't read any reviews and just rent it. I went to the premiere and avoided trailers and reviews (as to not spoil it) i didn't know what it was about and I cried with laughter throughout the whole movie, stopping only to see or hear the next joke. This film did so well with audiences that they prepared to film Hangover 2 by the time it was released in britain. It's good and the bad reviewers either have no sense of humour or are comically dull. Dont listen to the drips and go watch it!

chris the twat

again,i cannot emphasise how bad this film is.not just bad but embaressing to watch,one dull cliche after another,awful two dimensional acting and characteres and just not funny at all-not even in a shitty way. a very cynical ploy to cash in on a tired formula.absoloutely awful.leaves you feeling empty and futile.one star for the the ok acting by the tiger

Thomas Noctor

Class film, unlike other 'dude?' comedies like Swingers this was actually funny! A must for comedy fans!

Thomas Noctor

Class film, unlike other 'dude?' comedies like Swingers this was actually funny! A must for comedy fans!

Gary Lineker&#039;s Labrador

Lame film. OK, better than most Hollywood dude comedies but still bad. Was hoping for something clever like Swingers - based on the hype - but was bitterly disappointed. There's two hours of my life I'll never get back.

taylor

this movie was absolutely hilarious, it has to be one of the top 5 funniest movies ever. The cast is what made this movie so funny, I'm glad they didn't grab big name unfunny actors. whoever picked up the casting is a genius

taylor

this movie was absolutely hilarious, it has to be one of the top 5 funniest movies ever. The cast is what made this movie so funny, I'm glad they didn't grab big name unfunny actors. whoever picked up the casting is a genius

Duck N

Ok first of all knocked up was a boring piece of crap , nothing funny about seeing pregnant people do it or watching child birth, some sense of humour some people have this is the best comedy ever made watch it REAL comedy fans

Duck N

Ok first of all knocked up was a boring piece of crap , nothing funny about seeing pregnant people do it or watching child birth, some sense of humour some people have this is the best comedy ever made watch it REAL comedy fans

Bettie

My boyfriend and I were looking forward to seeing this film. We feel totally let down by all the hype. And no, we are not prudes and we find lots of movies VERY funny: "Superbad", "American Pie", "Crank", "Knocked Up", etc... This was a total piece of steaming-hot shit! The best actor was the frigging tiger! Brain-damaged child-molesting jerkoffs are not funny. It's too bad we can't give a zero star rating. Not many people in the audience were laughing.

Thomas Noctor

I was very sceptical about this film but how wrong was I to be! This is the funniest film I've seen better than any American Pie! The cast are unbelievable, except Heather Graham who cant act. But other than that its unbelievable from start to finish. People with no sense of humor wont like this. For comedy fans this is a must!!!!!!

Thomas Noctor

I was very sceptical about this film but how wrong was I to be! This is the funniest film I've seen better than any American Pie! The cast are unbelievable, except Heather Graham who cant act. But other than that its unbelievable from start to finish. People with no sense of humor wont like this. For comedy fans this is a must!!!!!!

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