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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What Happens In Vegas, Stays in Vegas...

If you haven't already heard the buzz about The Hangover, you soon will. This is going to be the comedy of the summer even though it's technically not summer quite yet.

The Hangover is Todd Phillips' look at a bachelor party gone bad, really bad. But like all bachelor parties, these guys all learn a lesson. Or do they? And in the end, everyone lives happily ever after.

NYU alumnus Todd Phillips directed this flick and Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the script. Todd Phillips brought us such memorable comedies as Road Trip, Old School, Starsky and Hutch, Borat, among others. He also has many others in the pipeline such as Old School Dos...but back to The Hangover.

The big wedding day approaches and Doug (Justin Bartha), along with two friends, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and his soon-to-be brother-in-law (Zach Galifianakis) take his father-in-law's Benz to Vegas for an unforgettable (well, really forgettable) Bachelor party. When they wake up after a night of craziness, they can't remember a thing and must piece together what happened the night before in order to find precious cargo that is now lost. Along the way, the guys meet some interesting characters and in many scenes are beaten or witness some sort of nudity, which brings me to my "genital theory".

Evan's genital theory states that when a comedy writer is looking for laughs, he or she will throw in a naked guy running around to get people rolling on the floor and covering their eyes. As was the case in Observe and Report for those of you who saw it. The genital theory can be applied to The Hangover but because the movie is funny and well written, the nudity works. Come to think of it, Todd Phillips must have a thing for nudity (mainly buttocks). Most of his films incorporate it somewhere, somehow. You may see more skin that you'd like, but it'll make you laugh and cough twice.

I must say I thought about all you ladies out there. I'm wondering if you are going to like this film. It does not portray women in the most positive light but, there is a cute baby and Zach Galafianakis is worth the price of admission alone. He really shines in this film and I think it's going to make his name known to anyone who isn't familiar with him.

While I laughed out loud during many parts of this film, I did feel that some moments fell flat. Believe it or not, these were the moments that we have all seen from the trailers. Mike Tyson for example. You know he's in the film and it turns out that there's a reason for this. Because like these guys, he did some crazy sh*t when he was messed up.

Looking for a comedy that will have you laughing down the aisle and leave you craving an ice cold glass of water? Then check out The Hangover, in theaters Friday, June 5, 2009.

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