By Chauncey Telese
As we all know (don't lie) hangovers are not fun, they cause one to feel pain, question themselves, and possibly seek forgiveness from those around them. When trying to cure one of these reminders from the night before people often seek aspirin, coffee, or settle for the real cure, time. However, in the case of "The Hangover," aspirin maybe required for other ailments; I laughed so hard I swear my liver was in as much pain as if I had partied in Vegas with the characters in this film.
The plot revolves around three guys:
Phil, a cool but sleazy school teacher played brilliantly by Bradley Cooper ("Wedding Crashers", "Yes Man");
Stu, a dentist who's girlfriend has him whipped and demoralized, played by Ed Helms ("The Office", "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay");
Alan, a creepy loner played with chaotic insanity by standup comic Zach Galifinakis.
The three are trying to track down their friend Doug before his wedding. No, Doug did not get cold feet, they lost him during probably the greatest bachelor party in the history of Vegas (I say probably because the film is smart enough not to let us see the night in question).
They wake up in a trashed penthouse complete with burned furniture, a chicken, a baby in the closet, and a tiger belonging to Mike Tyson (who actually is hilarious in this movie). Realizing that Doug is not there, and that his wedding is in 24 hours, they decide to start a search, even though they don't remember a single thing that transpired the night before.
Throughout their search we find out bits and pieces from their outrageous night. We discover that Stu, who is mysteriously missing a tooth, married an escort played by Heather Graham ("Boogie Nights" "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"), they stole a cop car, and kidnapped an Asian gangster. I would love to go on but I don't want to ruin the best jokes and moments in the film. Trust me...its better to be as surprised.
This movie really takes advantage of its R rating and the audience is treated to some of the most vulgar moments I've seen in a long time. The laughs come non-stop and may need repeated viewing as I found myself laughing so hard not only did I feel like I was going to be sick, but I may have missed some good moments here and there. The cast is brilliant and have great chemistry but, the MVP of this film is Galifinakis as his character Alan gets the best and most memorable lines, while taking the most abuse on screen.
I can't say anything bad about this film, except that I really recommend those who are easily offended or have kids to skip it. For those not old enough to see "The Hangover," I recommend checking out Will Ferrell in "Land of the Lost".
If you are game for some raunchy humor, "The Hangover" is without a doubt the most fun you will have without having to lose your own brain cells, kidney function, or dignity. You will definitely remember this film for a long time.
Thank You as always for reading and stay tuned as next week I'm stuck in a train with Denzel Washington and John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 123".