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Thursday, July 2, 2009

the hangover

Just watched The Hangover. Here's a quick synopsis from IMDB

Angelenos Doug Billings and Tracy Garner are about to get married. Two days before the wedding, the four men in the wedding party - Doug, Doug's two best buddies Phil Wenneck and Stu Price, and Tracy's brother Alan Garner - hop into Tracy's father's beloved Mercedes convertible for a 24-hour stag party to Las Vegas. Phil, a married high school teacher, has the same maturity level as his students when he's with his pals. Stu, a dentist, is worried about everything, especially what his controlling girlfriend Melissa thinks. Because she disapproves of traditional male bonding rituals, Phil has to lie to her about the stag, he telling her that they are going on a wine tasting tour in the Napa Valley. Regardless, he intends on eventually marrying her, against the advice and wishes of his friends. And Alan seems to be unaware of what are considered the social graces of the western world. The morning after their arrival in Las Vegas, they awaken in their hotel suite each with the worst hangover. None remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles. And certain things are in the suite that shouldn't be, and certain things that should be in the suite are missing. Probably the most important in the latter category is Doug. As Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand, they go on a journey of discovery of how certain things got into the suite and what happened to the missing items. However they are on a race for time as if they can't find Doug in the next few hours, they are going to have to explain to Tracy why they are not yet back in Los Angeles. And even worse, they may not find Doug at all before the wedding.

I stopped watching slap-stick college type comedies since I left school a decade ago, but I have a few friends who told me I had to watch it. I gave in. Glad I did. Loved it. The comedy seemed like it was well proportioned out to have not so overdone. The comedy bits were original and didn't seem cheesy. The characters - even though typical - were new and refreshing. The concept was real - as in that what goes down in the movie is something you can actually see happening if four best buds who got THAT drunk in Vegas during a bachelors weekend. After an emotional week, it was refreshing to watch a couple of hours of mindless comedy that made me laugh uncontrollably. It's not a classic. It's not something you'll think of when thinking of your favorite movies of all time, even though they had some lines in the flick that were memorable (I'm not supposed to be within two hundred feet of a school... or a Chuck E. Cheese, He's jackin' his little weenus!, I have a question. You probably get this a lot but this isn't the real Caesar's Palace is it?). It's a movie that you need to pop into the DVD player or think of when you need a break of real life and need just to laugh. It's college humor that was actually funny. If you are a fan of these types of immature, senseless comedies, defiantly check this movie out.

The Hangover gets 3.5 roofies out of 5.