Overdue cinema review #3: The Hangover

July 26 2009 at 9:14 pm (Cinema reviews)

hangover-posterOccupying the middle ground between Very Bad Things and Dude, Where’s My Car?, The Hangover offers little in the way of comedic invention. Four friends go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, get so wasted that they cannot remember the events of the previous night and spend the rest of the trip trying to find the groom who has gone missing.

It’s done quite well with the framing device of a phone call kickstarting the flashback. Their groggy detective work also gets good mileage out of a variety of increasingly preposterous situations from getting tasered by children to stealing Mike Tyson’s tiger.

Having said that, the characters are weary stereotypes – the good looking, laid back leader, the uptight guy (who even wears glasses) and the funny but dim-witted fat guy. The film has been surprisingly well received despite being very generic – it’s no more unique than, say, Road Trip or Sex Drive.

Rating: 3/5


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