Culture, Film

Movie Catch-up: The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover movie posterThe stag-do from hell; three groomsmen wake up in a Vegas hotel room; plus-one actual live tiger in the bathroom, plus-one six-month-old baby in the closet, minus-one missing groom. No one remembers what happened.

I wish I could say the same. I’m still mad at the ‘friends’ who recommended this.

A gratuitously profane, violent, racist, homophobic and misogynistic so-called comedy from talented people who should know better. With a Mike Tyson cameo, cheerfully punching-out a ‘civilian.’ Animal House was Fellini next to this…

Made by a bunch of overgrown Vegas fratboys, for overgrown Vegas fratboys, what is supposed to be amusing in this for everyone else?

The ‘comedy’ consists of a lot of swearing, shouting, and manufactured from-bad-to-worse screw-ups, set in the town where nothing can be considered over-the-top.

Desperate to shock, The Hangover is as unforgiveably crass, offensive and incorrect as the producers clearly intended and aimed at those who graduated from puerile American Pie movies to puerile Seth Rogan movies and like a bunch of heroin addicts, need the next, stronger ‘fix.’

This is clearly what the audience of the Saw franchise go to see for their light relief. Classless, tasteless, idiotic and juvenile, the director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) with co-‘writers’ Jon Lucas, Scott Moore and the entire cast – Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis – should be named and shamed; instead, this travesty made a ton of money and spawned two sequels, thereby proving that Western culture as we know it is, indeed, doomed.

As well as the camp Chinese(?) gangster and the ill-judged cameo by Tyson, Heather Graham appears as the obligatory 1980’s ‘tart with a heart’ stripper/escort/prostitute/whatever – by then I had already lost faith in the entire male gender and desperately wanted the tiger back to emasculate the whole cast, then start on the crew. At one hour forty, this was about one hour thirty-nine too long. Utter garbage from painful start to excruciating finish. SC

The Hangover (2009)
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Certification: R Genre: Comedy (allegedly)
Running time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Cast: Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham

Related: American Hustle (2013)

About Sue Corsten

Sue Corsten is a film and TV make-up artist based in the UK.


One thought on “Movie Catch-up: The Hangover (2009)

  1. Keep going,remarkable job!

    Posted by Ingrim66 | Mar 22, 2015, 1:01 pm

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