The Hangover is overrated. I did not want to see The Hangover. It came highly recommended to me by a villainous CEO back in 2009, so I passed on it. I’m not really into slapstick comedy or making light of alcohol abuse. Yet it was shockingly a hit- both commercially and critically. With all they paid hype for The Hangover 2, my wife’s office was really buzzing about the movie, and she mentioned it to me. So I figured we might as well watch the first one. I gotta say- The Hangover was not my cup of tea, and the studio really got lucky with this one.
The Hangover is your typical Hollywood schlock-fest about being irresponsible. If you like to get wasted and maybe experiment with drugs, strip clubs, escorts, or bars, you will like it although it will probably be because you are buzzed. This is a stoner movie. I do admit it has its moments, but it was hard for me to get into this movie. If you’ve ever watched Entourage or actually have been involved in making crappy movies, you can just see the 1′s and 0′s of this generic adult comedy.
Zach Galifianakis technically steals the movie, but I couldn’t help but wonder what Jack Black or Joaquin Phoenix were doing while The Hangover was being filmed, since Zach Galifianakis seems like a natural third choice as the retarded bearded fat guy.
I was happy for Ed Helms to land a role (his The Office work is fantastic) but he sure didn’t show any versatility (pretty much the same character).
The star of the show Bradley Cooper, is a poor man’s Matthew McConaughey (Fool’s Gold).
Justin Bartha is a poor man’s Bradley Cooper. Ouch. No seriously, this guy’s claim to fame is having a minor role in National Treasure 1 and 2.
Mike Tyson makes a good cameo, but it should have lasted for just one scene, not two scenes.
Heather Graham plays a whore.
Anyway, my wife laughed quite a few times- she enjoyed it, although she noticed my blank face, which may have dampened the experience for her.
All of the actors seemed like they had a great time making the movie, and since it was so successful, they decided to get together again for The Hangover 2, which already looks like a bomb, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The Hangover lucked out because it came out at the right time. In typical Hollywood fashion (greed) they wanted to go for gold again with a sequel.
The Hangover is no better or worse than any nutty comedy trailer you see that the movie theater, where you suspect the actual movie will not be as funny as the trailer was.
Yes, The Hangover is overrated, and no, it is not a classic comedy.
Yes, there were some good scenes, and the storyline was OK considering all slapstick comedies MUST be unrealistic but The Hangover does not hold up as a Top 10 Comedies of All Time Film. Maybe in the Top 100, I don’t know, but not 20, 30, 40, or 50, or 60, or 70…
Anyway, do me a favor and get it on Blue Ray: