Friday, June 5, 2009

Box Office Review - The Hangover

This film has a very intriguing hook. After a drunken bachelor party in Vegas three groomsman wake up to find that the groom is missing and they cannot remember a thing. They then must search Las Vegas piecing together all that happened to find their friend. This made for a funny trailer, but the film gets old very fast. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha star. This is a good cast, but nothing was done with them. Zach Galifianakis (who’s stand-up DVD Live at the Purple Onion is brilliant) plays the weird guy. Bradley Cooper plays the cool guy. Ed Helms plays the nerdy guy. That’s as deep as the characters get. The movie just takes them and places them in different situations and then we are supposed to laugh. The situations should have at least been somewhat interesting. Let’s be clear, I am not saying that stealing Mike Tyson’s tiger is not interesting, but the problem was solved effortlessly without any consequences. That’s how most of the situations go. They steal a cop car and when caught they are involved in a taser demonstration where they all get electrocuted. Then they are let go and that’s the end of it. There were some laughs at this stuff in the first forty five minutes, but after that the formula got old really quick. When we have Judd Apatow, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green making big comedies, stuff like this just seems insignificant. This Vegas experience was a major loss.

Banana Peel

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