Enjoy other peoples’ pain in ‘The Hangover’

“The Hangover” is lewd, crude and socially unacceptable, and I laughed harder than I have in a long time.
Doug (Justin Bartha) is getting married. A couple of days before his wedding, he goes to Las Vegas with two friends, Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper), and his future brother-in-law, Alan (Zach Galifianakis).
They toast each other from the roof of their hotel, then the movie flash-forwards to the following morning. There’s a live tiger in the bathroom, a baby’s in the closet and Stu’s lost a tooth. To top it all off, the groom’s missing, and Stu, Phil and Alan have no memories of the night before.
Deep, emotional stuff, right?
Not for a second.
I don’t want to share too many details because a lot of laughs are surprises. Then again, there are moments that you know are coming, and you still bust a gut (figuratively speaking, of course).
Writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore deserve credit, as does director Todd Phillips, who helmed “Old School.”
But Galifianakis, Helms and Cooper make this film, along with great supporting work from Ken Jeong, Heather Graham and Mike Tyson. Yes, that Mike Tyson, and he’s hilarious.
Other reviewers have described “The Hangover” as a “bro-mance,” which is a cutesy way of saying it’s a buddy movie. I call it funny, and I wasn’t the only one laughing. The men and women sitting around me had a good time, too.
But let’s be clear: There’s nothing socially redeemable about this movie. The language and situations are often profane. If that doesn’t bother you, then go have a bunch of laughs.
I give “The Hangover” an A minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.

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