The Hangover (2009)

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9.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Great cast, fun story


Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Hangover

Studio:  Legendary Pictures

Genre(s):  Comedy

Release Date(s):  June 5, 2009

MPAA Rating:  R


We’re going to remember this night forever…sort of

Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) is getting married and his friends Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper) and Stu Price (Ed Helms) are planning a big Las Vegas weekend bash to send him off.  When Doug has his new brother-in-law Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) join the group, Doug and his groomsmen set off to Vegas in a deluxe car from his future father-in-law (Jeffrey Tambor).  Waking up the next morning, Stu, Phil, and Alan find they can’t remember the events of the night before and that Stu is missing.  They set out to find Stu and follow a trail that involves a baby, a stripper named Jade (Heather Graham), a tiger, Mike Tyson, and a Chinese gangster named Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong)…will they find Doug alive and get back in time for his wedding to Tracy (Sasha Barrese)?



Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover became the surprise breakout hit of the summer of 2009.  It was well received by critics and won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy.

The Hangover is just fun.  There are a lot of dirty jokes, but the show really feels like a throwback to old comedies.  The movie feels like an adult version of Adventures in Babysitting with a rollicking adventure.  It is highly unlikely, but it still is fun and realistic at the same time.  The movie does have a lot of laugh-out-loud perfectly timed moments.


Mr. Tyson…please don’t punch me anymore

The movie really raised the star level of Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms and made a star out of Zach Galifianakis.  “The Wolfpack” works great together.  Cooper is the cool one, Helms is the straight man, and Galifianakis is the wild card, but what you’d expect to happen to each of them doesn’t necessarily happen…all of them aren’t afraid to get dirty.  The movie has some great support from a strong cast and guest stars like Mike Tyson, Heather Graham, and Ken Jeong.

The “lost weekend” idea is a fun.  The movie does a nice job piecing together what happened throughout the weekend, but it is always genius when a movie gets you to watch the credits.  The movie is so smart to include the pictures of some of the events that occurred in the night (and guest appearances by Carrottop and Wayne Newton).

The Hangover is a lot of fun and can be watched more than once.  The movie was so much fun that they decided to do it again…almost literally with the very similar (and criticized) sequel The Hangover Part II released in 2011.

Related Links:

The Hangover Part II (2011)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

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