Debauchery as Comedy
Release Date: June 05, 2009
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach
Galifianakis, Justin Bartha,
Heather Graham, and Ken Jeong
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Todd Phillips
Executive Producer: Chris Bender, Scott Budnick,
William Fay, J.C. Spink, and
Producer: Daniel Goldberg and Todd
Writer: Jon Lucas and Scot Moore
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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.
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.