I was lucky enough to see The Hangover the other night, and while sometimes getting to see screenings in advance feels a lot like work, this one was actually a pleasure. It was quite the welcome change of pace after my recent outings included Terminator: Salvation, Fighting and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
The Hangover is your standard buddy comedy. It involves a raucous bachelor party in Vegas where some very bad things happen, but not quite as bad as the ones in Very Bad Things. Doug (Justin Bartha) is the groom-to-be and he's excited for his weekend away with his pals, and has the coolest father-in-law ever (played by Jeffrey Tambor) who not only happily loans his prized Mercedes, but also doles out advice about how herpes is the one thing that doesn't stay in Vegas. True. Very true. The only downside to Doug's whole awesome in-law thing is Alan (Zach Galifianakis) who is brother to bride Tracy (Sasha Barrese). He's a little ... off. And he's tagging along on the trip. Doug's groomsmen, Stu (Ed Helms, of Office fame) and Phil (Bradley Cooper, of Alias, and some other movies too, fame) are also along for the ride. Phil's a schoolteacher who is married and claims to be totally miserable in his life and can't believe that his best friend is stupidly getting hitched. Stu's a dentist who is dating the shrewish Melissa (played by the awesome Rachael Harris), and in order to go on the trip he has to lie and tell his girlfriend that they are really going to Napa for a weekend of tame wine tasting. Which, if she'd seen Sideways she'd be skeptical about, but she hasn't so she sends him on his way with strict guidelines.
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