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The Hangover

Movie The Hangover
Director Todd Phillips

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

What kind of comedy floats your boat? My dad for example hasn't liked comedy in the last 20 years, he doesn't think Austin Powers over the top humour is funny nor does he like Americans Pie's gross out humour. He grew up on situation comedy's and never quite moved on, his favourite being the original pink panthers. Now we have great variety in comedies: silly, over the top, situation, shock value and more. The latest trend is definitely cringe humour, such as the office, borat, I love you man and bruno to name but a few. This fits that genre very well, but its certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Luckily for me, I like the genre, within limits. Anyone who has seen between two ferns with Zach Galifianakis (one of the movies stars), knows what to expect here. Things go wrong, which you would expect given that they are drugged by the hapless simpleton Alan (Zach), with roofies, yet somehow manage to stay conscious long enough to go on a rampage that I won't spoil here. As they wake up the day after the night before, they start to realise things about the previous night, which is when you start to laugh, or cringe. Characters from the previous night are revealed over time, as are the events surrounding the evening. The story moves on slowly but a lot happens, and is always funny enough or at least entertaining. Bradley Cooper is the same in everything and is no different here, and is typical of the cast, no one really succeeds in breaking the mould. Although no one stands out as funny it all works fairly well and is suited to the style of comedy. The location is of course fantastic, its Vegas and its direction keeps the pace on track. Its not the laugh out loud comedy of our generation but it is fun, go see this for a light-hearted romp permeated with a cringe-worthy and hard to watch performance from Galifianakis.

This movie scores 7.2/10