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The Hangover review – appropriate title as I suddenly feel the need to drink a lot!

Submitted by on June 10, 2009 – 3:43 pm4 Comments

hangoverAfter hearing positive reviews of The Hangover I was suitably surprised enough to take a look myself. I was advised (believe it or not) that the film was “deeper” than others in the same league (Old School, Road Trip etc).

I assure you that the individual responsible for advising me, using this very  positive language; is recovering from a quite severe whipping for being such an outright ! The Hangover is about as “deep” as a small puddle.

A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.


I feel fairly convinced that the person who rated The Hangover so highly wanted me to go and see a film which held as much charm as my future 3rd ex-wife (that’s positivity for you). This was clearly a joke at my expense (one for which I will get my revenge…oh yes!)

Starring (who seems scared to take on any challenging role), Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and a few including Heather Graham and Mike Tyson, The Hangover is far from lacking in talent. The tone is set very early on when almost every character on screen feels the need to utter expletives every three seconds. I am not so stuck up that bad language offends, but when it is clearly hiding an inability to write a good script then it bothers me! If you know anyone who uses the “f-word” regularly you may notice that they are merely using it instead of the more common term “er”. It is a word that is used when you don’t know what to say. This film consists of nearly 70% expletives (at least that what it feels like). Therefore the film might as well contain 70% of the actors saying “er”. This is not good writing.

As I mentioned when revealing the character posters, the film seems to revel in the fact that it was directed by the same fellow who was responsible for Old School. I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would be proud to state that on the film. If it hadn’t been for my so-called friend advising me to go and see it, I would have steered well clear of this puerile tat!

That is not to say that in places I wasn’t laughing. Somehow there seems to be a toilet humourist in all of us and unfortunately some of the do hit home and make me snigger. Unfortunately, being a stuck up English dude means I feel instantly shamed whenever I reduce myself to laugh at such childish things.


What bothers me most about The Hangover though, is its unoriginality. I had hoped for a more amusing and interesting twist on an otherwise often-told tale. If you have seen Dude, Where’s My Car, Road Trip, What Happens in Vegas, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off then you have seen The Hangover! In fact this film didn’t even have any memorable lines in it and so unlike most of the films mentioned above, it was more forgettable. Bearing in mind that I despised the pointlessness of Dude, Where’s My Car but am still able to quote lines from it (and then?) this doesn’t hold good stead with this film.

It seems that despite my protestations that this is merely a mediocre film though, The Hangover 2 is in development (somebody shoot me). Clearly I am the only one in the world who thinks that they’d rather remove various popular (in my opinion) body parts before seeing this again. I will continue reading reviews from others around the web though,  in the hope that I can figure out what “hilarity” I missed!


Chances are, you will already know if you’ll like The Hangover. In many ways it delivers. Unfortunately even Dude, Where’s My Car is much better (and that was complete ). This film allowed me to appreciate the beauty of choice though; I could have chosen not to see it. Unfortunately, it also demonstrated how easily led I am! I will not be trusting my friend again! I’m off to suggest he enjoys the “hilarity” that is Disaster Movie

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

For a different (and much more positive take on this film click here for The Substream’s opinion

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