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June 2009

by Wilson Morales


Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Todd Phillips
Screenwriter: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor
Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material)


Las Vegas is known for many things: the casinos, quick weddings, strippers, bachelor parties and Wayne Newton. What happens when you add all those elements into one film? You get one hell of a comedy. Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, and Heather Graham, 'The Hangover' is an outrageous, entertaining, laugh-out-loud classic from beginning to end.

This is not your ordinary road trip guy film. Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms) and Alan (Galifianakis) are prepared to take Doug (Bartha) to Las Vegas for his bachelor party and to give him the best time of his life. While Phil is comfortable leaving the wife and kid home, Stu has to lie to his controlling girlfriend as to the whereabouts of his trip; opting to tell her he's headed to Napa Valley for a dentists' conference. When the guys get to the land of no boundaries, and have a drink from bottle that Alan brought, their lives are never the same.

The next morning, none of them can remember what happened and Doug seems to be missing. There's also a ferocious tiger in the bathroom, an unidentified baby in their hotel room and a naked Asian man locked in the back of a Mercedes. Meanwhile, hours are going by as the wedding is approaching.
Phillips, who previously helmed the comedies 'Road Trip' and 'Old School,' certainly has gone a notch above with his latest comedy. The story never runs out of steam. It's hard to keep jokes coming, but each of the actors made them stick, from Cooper's coolness to Galifianakis's comic timing. The cast even managed to get boxing legend Mike Tyson in on the joke. By the time the end credits get rolling, you will be pulling out that second box of tissues to dry your eyes from all those tears of laughter.