The Other Half wanted to see a movie this weekend so we went and saw The Hangover. The film is directed by Todd Phillips and stars Bradley Cooper (ABC's Alias), Ed Helms (The Daily Show, The Office) and two guys I had never heard of before, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha.
The Hangover is most definitely an "adult comedy." It is chock full of ribald jokes, foul language, sexual situations, male frontal nudity, depiction of massive alcohol consumption (and its after effects).
The movie's plot is surprisingly simple but effective. Four friends (well, 2 friends of the groom-to-be plus his future brother-in-law) go to Las Vegas for a Bachelor Party and wake up the next day with a hilariously awful situation: their hotel suite has been ransacked, the groom is missing, and there are strange objects left in the room (an infant, a chicken, a live tiger) and none of them have any memory of what transpired the night before.
Instead of a "whodunit" this is a "what the **** did we do?" kinda movie. Surprisingly, it is very watchable and almost unwatchable at the same time. You can't believe what a horrible situation the guys have gotten themselves into, but you also can't stop watching.
The Hangover is lots of fun, with a standout performance by Helms. Cooper is always easy on the eyes and Galifianakis weird brand of humor takes awhile to get used to, but is (mostly) effective.
MPAA Rating: R [See Full Rating] Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.
OVERALL GRADE: B/B-.