SOME GUYS JUST CAN’T HANDLE VEGAS.
Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) is about to get married and his friends take him to Las Vegas for one unforgettable night… unfortunately, they wake up the next morning and can’t remember a thing. Director Todd Phillips has specialized in comedies about grown men behaving like frat boys, but this one is really good. His portrayal of the four buddies who suffer the mother of all hangovers is likable and very funny. Watching them try to unravel the mystery of what happened last night keeps things interesting and unpredictable. The actors are great fun, especially Zach Galifianakis as Alan who’s “too stupid to insult” and Ed Helms as Stu who has the worst girlfriend in the world.
2009-U.S. 100 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Daniel Goldberg, Todd Phillips. Directed by Todd Phillips. Screenplay: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. Cast: Bradley Cooper (Phil Wenneck), Ed Helms (Stu Price), Zach Galifianakis (Alan Garner), Justin Bartha (Doug Billings), Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese… Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson.
Trivia: Alternative version runs 108 min. Followed by two sequels, starting with The Hangover Part II (2011).
Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical).
Quote: “Did you have to park so close? I shouldn’t be here. I’m not supposed to be within two hundred feet of a school… or a Chuck E. Cheese.” (Galifianakis)
Last word: “I think the script that they had written, the first draft, was a PG-13 movie or something, and it didn’t have the tiger in it, didn’t have the baby in it, didn’t have Mike Tyson in it. It didn’t have the police car in it. I wanted it to be a night of mayhem, and a bachelor party in Vegas cannot be PG-13. For me it was just you take a script sometimes and you just shake it up and you loosen the tie on it and you f*cking mess up its hair and you just f*ck with it, and really that’s what we did with the script. I think we just made it crazy and we wanted it to just feel like a night of mayhem, and changed the tone of it a little bit, and be unapologetic and be unironic and be unsentimental, all of the things that I think comedies do nowadays, a lot of them. I love those comedies, but it’s just sort of not my thing.” (Phillips, Moviefone)