Friday, March 12, 2010

The Hangover

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Respectably funny Bromance about a quartet of man-children, fully invested in Vegas' "douchebags welcome" marketing strategy, who lose their friend the weekend before his wedding after a roofie-fueled romp through Las Vegas involving an only-in-the-movies stripper mom with a heart of gold, a stolen cop car, Mike Tyson's pet tiger, an extracted tooth, and a kidnapped crime boss, leaves them with no memory of what happened in Vegas, and no idea of how to keep what happened in Vegas from staying in Vegas. Bradley Cooper is pretty much a dud in this, and the Ken doll that plays the lost friend is a total cipher, leaving the heavy lifting to colorful walk-ons, and to deft individual performances from Ed Helms as a henpecked dentist slowly finding his backbone (scenes with his cartoonish harridan of a fiance are less successful) and especially Zack Galifiankis as Alan, half Manbearpig, half Lenny from Of Mice and Men, who squeezes unbelievable amounts of pathos and hilarity out of a simple mispronunciation of the word "retard." Overall, the movie is kind of a mess -- a surprisingly dark tone really never materializes into much, and these particular people don't seem like they'd be friends -- but it's a forgivable mess*, and I suspect this will have staying power as a quote engine at parties.

Oh, and if you don't know where they find their friend, I won't spoil it for you, but come on. He'd have died.

* Forgivable, at least, until Galifiankis becomes the next Will Ferrell, and is in every single comedy of the next five years until you want to saw your eyes out of your head with a sharpened severed Barbie doll leg every time you see him on screen. What? Just me?

2 comments:

Dawn said...

* Forgivable, at least, until Galifiankis becomes the next Will Ferrell, and is in every single comedy of the next five years until you want to saw your eyes out of your head with a sharpened severed Barbie doll leg every time you see him on screen. What? Just me?

Nope. Not just you. Not in the least. He's already been the FREAKING HOST of SNL??? WHAATT????
Blarggh.

It's funny, actually I think where they find their friend was the only good/believeable part of the movie. How long was he there? A day? He could survive! (The only truly funny scenes involved the Chinese dude. Especially naked Chinese dude.)

Julius_Goat said...

To be fair (and I only ever want to be fair) Galifiankis is one of the better stand up comedians working today, and frankly there are worse people who could get mad rich via overexposure. Whereas with Ferrell, I went from "he's killing SNL" to "I can't believe how funny Anchorman is" to "But does he have to be in FORTY movies every year?"

Anyway, good for Zach, and he was the best thing about the Hangover, with Ed Helms close second.

Also, he was on a roof in the desert for I believe 2 days and 2 nights. Without water. He may have lived, but he wouldn't have been upright for a wedding.