Movie: The Hangover
The Hangover is the latest in a steady stream of ‘bromance’ comedies. So you pretty much know what you’re in for when you rent or buy this film from your local videotheque.
Some gross-out humour, a few streams of colourful language and the general roguish hijinks of boys being boys. In other words, something which you can mindlessly sit down in front of, have a few laughs and, well, recover from your hangover on a slow Sunday afternoon. The title says it all.
That said, this film was quite the box office triumph when it hit cinemas, as word spread that it was a cut above most idiotic frat boy comedies.
The film is centred around three groomsmen who wake up from a heavy night in Vegas at a bachelor party to find they’ve misplaced the groom. Naturally, their journey to retrace their steps and find their friend ends up involving a stripper, a quickie wedding, Japanese gangsters and a stolen tiger. This plotline called to mind for us that most mindless of bromances, Dude, Where’s My Car?, but like many who went to see the film at the cinema we were persuaded by countless recommendations that The Hangover was sharper and a whole lot funnier.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Rated: PG 18