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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: MAGIC FOR HUMANS
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BOMBSHELL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CATS
DARK WATERS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOLITTLE
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HAEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
KNIVES OUT
LIKE A BOSS
LITTLE WOMEN
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
RICHARD JEWELL
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
SPIES IN DISGUISE
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE GRUDGE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
UNDERWATER
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX

GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: R

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Yes, I do feel some guilt over how much I enjoy The Hangover, the 2009 comedy hit starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms. Why? Because at the end of the day, this is another frat-astic romp about a bachelor party in Vegas gone wrong. But the truth is, this is exactly what also makes The Hangover an enjoyable success story: screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore found a way to inject new life into a tired premise.

Two days before Doug Billings’ (Justin Martha) wedding, he and friends Phil (Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), and eccentric brother-in-law Alan (Galifianakis), take the classic road trip to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. Doug’s the clean-cut, handsome one. Phil’s the charismatic and unhappily married bad boy. Stu is the nervous, pushover dentist. And Alan is that brother you married into who you tolerate but are embarrassed by.

The last we see of the group on their arrival night is them on the roof of Caesar’s Palace, making toasts and taking shots of Jagermeister. Flash forward to the next morning, and they’e waking up in a $4,200/night villa with a live tiger, a chicken, a baby, and a missing tooth of Stu’s. Oh, and Doug—the bachelor—is missing. Nobody can remember anything. The rest of the film is us watching Phil, Stu, and Alan navigate Vegas to try to piece together what the hell happened.

Everything enjoyable in The Hangover comes from the cast—which holds up as one of the best blends of actors in a comedy in recent memory. Galifianakis is shockingly hilarious as Alan, who’s a shameless, inappropriate, and socially unaware—but lovable—loner. It’s no surprise that this is what catapulted his career in Hollywood. He’s truly awesome and has seamless chemistry with Cooper and Helms, who deliver memorable performances in their own rights as friends on two sides of the same coin.

The Hangover was a huge commercial success. Of course, success comes with a dark side: sequels. The Hangover Part II (2011) and III (2013) were terrible movies. Pleasantly, for me, a rewatch had me forgetting those later blunders.

If Vegas bachelor party mayhem isn’t your thing (and I totally get it), you should skip The Hangover. It won’t change your mind on the genre. But if you enjoy Galifianakis and some crude comedy, be prepared for the some the best that niche can offer. (108 mins.) m

—Peter Johnson




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