The Hangover (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: B
This movie is from the creator of "Old School," Todd Phillips. Now he got his start at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC. I actually worked there when he did and it hurts a little bit when I see his movie covered in people that I used to work with there. I should've hung in there longer. Ha! I just needed to say that but anyway... Whether or not you enjoy this movie is based on whether or not you think that a single joke can last 90 minutes. My answer to that is no it can't. However it can get you to about 60 minutes and it's a really, really funny 60 minutes. "The Hangover" stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and comedian Zach Galifianakis and is about three guys waking up in Vegas after an insane bachelor party and trying to remember what happened and find their friend, Doug. That premise is awesome for the first two-thirds of the story. But after a while this joke wears real thin. In fact I laughed till I hurt until we were in the homestrech of the movie and then I don't think I laughed at all. However, the end credits helps you forget how unfunny the last act is by being one of the best parts of the movie. One thing you also need to know is that this movie is not the family comedy of the year. I don't know how many of these films need to come out before people catch on to what an "R" rating means. But the raunch and cheap thrills offered in this don't compare to other "R" rated comedies that came out this year. "I Love You, Man" and "Observe and Report" I thought were offensive and edgy but were still really creative. Their characters had debth and were unique and complex, which as a movie fan is really a treat to see in a comedy. It's not that I didn't like "The Hangover," because I totally did; I guess I've just grown to expect a little more out of my comedies lately. I like my characters to be a little three dimensional and a little less cookie-cutter. But at the same time, how can anyone who's ever woken up after a blackout night of drinking not love at least the first half of this movie?