The Hangover: A Questionable Movie Review

Every man and his dog has at some point seen one of the three movies associated with the Hangover franchise. These three movies starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are very popular for their confronting, boundary-less take on a comedy and being a teenage boy, these movies really satisfied. Also this blog post contains major spoilers but if you haven’t seen these films yet please crawl out from the rock you’re living under and watch them. Like come on. Its been 10 years people.

The movie in question is the Hangover pt 1, the beginning of the “Wolfpack’s” many adventures. The setting is a very busy scene where there are many last minute wedding plans being made. Doug (played by Justin Bartha) has been surprised by his mates Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Stu (Ed Helms) by a bachelor party in the city of sins, Las Vegas. The movie then surrounds itself around the story of Phil, Alan and Stu trying to piece together the previous night and locate their friend who is missing but it getting married in a matter of hours. As they start to remember the night, the unlikely trio form an amusing bond that makes for a great viewing experience.

A university thesis by Michael Arell suggests that not every body has “what it takes” to write a successful comedy film. The basic ingredients that used to make up comedy movies no longer appeal to the modern audience and film makers and directors need to adapt. This right here is why I think the Hangover was such a success.

Unfortunately for all of humanities basic credibility, relating to stupid events that occur in movies is what makes comedies so successful. The way that the director Todd Phillips taps into the “morning after a big night on the sauce” (a direct quote from my very insightful friend) that most people have felt with at some point in their lives makes the movie both relatable and enjoyable. Following the journey of these three brilliantly designed characters in a situation that much have the audience has been in, admittedly not quite as dramatic as having your friend kidnapped and going on the run from police and various drug dealers, but still. It’s relatable ok.

However, as much as I love these movies, many actual professional movie reviewers disagree as they revisit the movie a decade on. The Independent magazine wrote an article that suggests that the “comically crass” movie did not stand the test of time as it has themes that in the 2019 environment are no longer funny. For example the use of the word “faggot” and the degradation of women throughout the movie wouldn’t stand up to the #MeToo movement that surrounds our ideals of what is acceptable.

As much as I hate to admit it this article does have some merit. Maybe my perceptions of comedy are not quite as refined as I once thought. Then again what do I know. I am just an 18 year old uni student. Watch the movie again with this knowledge and form your own ‘Sub Par Opinion’.

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