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The Hangover (2009), What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

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The Hangover is a comedy film from the United States which was released in 2009. The film was directed by director Todd Phillips. Several well-known Hollywood actors have also starred in this comedy, such as Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

This comedy genre film premiered around the beginning of June 2009. It is a light comedy movie to watch. The Hangover is also one of the funniest comedy films.

The film received a positive response, with an IMDb rating of 7.8 and Rotten Tomatoes 79%.

The Hangover (2009) Synopsis

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This film tells the story of the friendship between Alan, Stu, Phil and Doug who are joined together because of Doug’s marriage. Alan didn’t really know Phil and Stu at first, even though his character and behavior were strange, but Alan was a very smart person.

Starting from Doug’s wedding plans with Tracy who is the younger brother of one of Alan’s best friends. Doug goes to Vegas with his friends Alan, Stu, and Phil to celebrate his bachelor party.

A Series of Surprises

The morning after, following their bachelor party, a series of surprises began upon them. Starting with a chicken in their room, a tiger in the toilet and a baby in the cupboard!

The three of them couldn’t remember clearly what happened during the bachelor party. Doug, who was not with them, was also a big question mark about his whereabouts.

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The first clue came from the hospital where Phil had a brief examination. Something he was unable to remember himself.

The surprises created a chaotic and funny situation and culminated in the presence of a mafia figure who was annoying, but also less convincing, Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). About the mystery of Doug’s whereabouts. The clue can be found in the sentence “ending at the beginning”.

Until the final hours of the wedding reception, Doug and the others still didn’t see their objectives. That makes Tracy and the whole family began to worry about the situation.

Succesful Script and Storyline

This film also features a lot of funny surprises and can cause laughter in the audience. The Hangover has also been widely praised for its unique and clever script and storyline.

This film presents some punchline and cuteness, either through scripts and clever words or crazy scenes. The various surprises about what the Wolf Pack gang did when drunk often brought laughter.

Todd Phillips, based on a script he wrote with Jon Lucas, Scott Moore and Jeremy Garelick (uncredited), was presented surprise after surprise.

Besides that, one thing that also caught the attention of the audience was the appearance of a cameo from the legendary boxer, Mike Tyson. Even though the screenplay is not too much and only at the end, Mike Tyson’s presence is quite interesting.

Surprising Chemistry With The Casts

Apart from the script which is full of surprises and mysteries. This film is very elevated by the appearance of the cast, especially Zach Galifianakis. With a beard and a chubby body, he has succeeded in reflecting the figure of a man who never grows up and tends to do things at will.

Altough, Zach Galifianakis is very unfortunate as he received many injuries, from being knocked out by Tyson, attacked by a tiger, electrocuted, even being beaten by the mafia. This character often says “it’s classic!”

Even the documentation of the crazy events that they have done throughout the night is shown in the form of photos in the film credit.

This film is worth watching for all comedy movie lovers.

Review The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover was very successful and became one of the most successful comedy films. Its popularity made this film a sequel, namely The Hangover Part II in 2011 and The Hangover Part III in 2013. The three of them became part of the trilogy series The Hangover.

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This film displays the strong chemistry of the three main characters, namely Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. All of them have contrasting characters that sometimes cause humor. The film eventually become one of the most successful film of the year


The Most Successful Film of The Year

The Hangover could be the most successful film of the year in terms of gross income. In the meantime the dollars earned by the drunken men are more than 10 times the cost of a production that is reportedly less than $40 million.

But, what is so interesting about the story presented in The Hangover that it is able to attract many pairs of eyes?

The key is none other than an unexpected storyline, full of mysteries whose answer is very closely guarded by the story writer, so as to make the audience survive until the film ends.

Even though it present some mysterious vibe, the film presents many funny moments related to situations faced by drunken men.

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