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Debauchery as Comedy

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Release Date: June 05, 2009

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, and Ken Jeong

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Content:

(PaPaPa, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan, hedonistic worldview with major villain a homosexual and crude jokes about homosexuality; 115 obscenities and 23 profanities, two instances of characters giving the “finger” including by a young boy; strong violence includes man beats other men with tire iron, photo of man pulling own tooth out, car wreck, man cuts himself as part of blood oath, police officers delight in getting school age children to use taser on three adult characters rendering the adults unconscious; end credits show photos of implied oral sex with male genitalia shown, much discussion of sex, implied oral sex, and images of characters pretending to engage in sex acts with people and an animal, jokes about homosexual behavior, and man jokingly takes infant’s hand to pretend the infant is pleasuring himself; full frontal male nudity by two characters, rear male nudity by multiple characters, real female nudity, upper female nudity, man wears only an athletic supporter, women in very skimpy bikinis, men in underwear, man shown twice urinating; alcohol drinking and extreme drunkenness; references to the drug Ecstasy and a date rape drug; and, lying, deceit, blackmail, vandalism, and stealing.

Summary:

THE HANGOVER is the story of four male friends who go to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug’s bachelor party, only to wake up and not remember what happened the night before. Though well made, this comedy features abundant foul language, extreme nudity and extremely offensive sexual references.

Review:

THE HANGOVER is the story of four male friends who go to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug’s bachelor party, only to wake up and not remember what happened the night before. Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug begin their night in Vegas very calmly. However, they wake up to discover they’ve passed out, an infant is abandoned in their room, a live tiger is in their room, they are in various states of undress, and the groom-to-be Doug is missing.



To find their friend, they begin to retrace their steps of the night before. This includes a stolen police car, angering a wealthy man who sends thugs after them and what appears to be a kidnapping of their friend Doug.

THE HANGOVER is well made but very raunchy. The script is well written and there’s cleverness in the twists and turns of their plot, including the surprise ending. Zach Galifanakis as the mentally challenged Alan gives a great, comedic performance. The music is solid and the directing sure.

If a viewer finds characters being drunk and engaging in all sorts of immoral activities to be funny, then this comedy will be hilarious for them. Otherwise, it’s difficult to find many of the situations humorous, though there are a few laugh-out-loud moments.

The premise turns on the characters having “lost” the groom to be and trying to retrace their steps, discovering with each turn more outlandish behavior from the night before. Over end credits a camera is found which shows still photos of the night.

There is one depicted scene (though only in a photo) of oral sex, much nudity, tons of foul language, crude sexual references to a baby, and a worldview that revels in this hedonistic behavior. Characters lie to their girlfriends, one marries a stripper, the classic antique car is trashed, and there is general debauchery. The content section above itemizes the offensive behavior, but it is a poor excuse for good character comedy.

The vile content in THE HANGOVER is ultimately abhorrent. Media-wise moviegoers, including adult viewers, can find lots better things to do with their time.

In Brief:

THE HANGOVER is the story of four male friends who go to Las Vegas to celebrate a bachelor party, only to wake up and not remember what happened the night before. Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug begin their night in Vegas very calmly. However, Phil, Stu and Alan wake up to discover they’ve passed out, an infant is abandoned in their room, a live tiger is in their room, they are in various states of undress, and the groom-to-be Doug is missing. To find their friend, they begin to retrace their steps of the night before. This includes a stolen police car, angering a wealthy man who sends thugs after them and what appears to be a kidnapping of Doug.

THE HANGOVER is well made, but very raunchy. There are crude sexual references, much nudity, tons of foul language, and a worldview that revels in hedonistic behavior. Characters lie to their girlfriends, one marries a stripper, a classic car is trashed, and there is general debauchery. Such excessive content is a poor excuse for good character comedy. Media-wise moviegoers, including adult viewers, can find lots better things to do with their time.