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The Bardy Party Gets Wrecked At An Early Screening Of Todd Phillips's THE HANGOVER!

Beaks here...

When I visited the set of Todd Phillips's THE HANGOVER last November, a comedy about three groomsmen struggling to reconstruct an evening of epic Vegas debauchery, I got the sense that this might be one of 2009's surprise hits. And by "surprise", I mean "off the radar". No one should be stunned that a comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis might contain more than a few moments of inspired lunacy. Though it sounds like Cooper and Helms are terrific in THE HANGOVER, it's beginning to look like this is going to be Galifianakis's breakout, "Frank the Tank" performance. If you've had the opportunity to catch Galifianakis's stand-up or his penetrating "Between Two Ferns" interview series, you know that it was only a matter of time. Here's a rave from The Bardy Party (who, for the "Plant!" crowd, seems to be a fan of Warner Bros. and Universal movies).

Hey Harry, I've been holding off on writing this review for sometime and I thought I should finally crack down and give you and the rest of the world the goods on "The Hangover". A couple weeks ago I had the chance of catching Todd Phillips's (director of old school, road trip, starsky & hutch) new movie which to put it simply, Blew. My. Mind. I might be exaggerating a bit on the whole blowing my mind thing, but honestly it was extremely funny and quite entertaining. The movie is about a guy, played by Justin Bartha from the National Treasure movies, who gets taken to Vegas by his 3 friends for his bachelor party before he gets married. Each one of the friends brings their own style of humor to this film which makes it absolutely fantastic and their chemistry as actors really shines. Bradley Cooper, who is one of the best friends and a teacher at a private school, is absolutley hilarious and proves that his role in Wedding Crashers wasn't a one hit comedy wonder. Another one of the friends is played by the one and only Ed Helms, who is by far one of the funniest characters on The Office. Helms is a dentist in the movie, who has a bad relationship with his bitchy wife who doesn't want him to go to Vegas thus lying to her and creating a story that they are going to napa valley for a wine tasting weekend extravaganza. This finally leads me to the most glorious part of this film and his name is Zack Galifianakis. Galifianakis truly steals this whole god damn movie and literally brings you to tears every 5 seconds. His dry sense of humor really turns this movie into a masterpiece. Zack Galifianakis plays the brother of the girl that Justin Bartha is getting married to and she wants her husband to take him along to Vegas so that they can bond and have a good time. The only thing is that Galifianakis is Galifianakis and he has a lot of issues, problems and a crazy mindset that makes the friends all question ... egas, plans are made to have one of the craziest nights ever starting with a toast on the roof of their hotel. After that, its the next morning and their hotel suite is ruined to shit, random naked ladies, a tiger in the bathroom and even a baby in the closet. Helms, Galifianakis and Cooper eventually realize soon after that their friend who is supposed to get married the very next day is nowhere to be found and this could be a huge problem. The biggest issue the friends have is that they all got way to hammered the night before thus blacking out and having no reccollection of the bachelor party events. This leads them to try and find some clues so that they can retrace their steps hopefully leading them to their friend. Some of the things that they find out happened include: [excised by Beaks because I promised the production we wouldn't spoil some of this shit]. The friends end up believing that their friend is being held hostage by a gang led by Ken Jeong, who plays the funny asian guy in all the Apatow movies. Jeong, who plays Mr. Chow, tells the boys that if they want their friend back they have to give him $80,000 cash or chips. Galifianakis comes up with a plan that involves counting cards because shit, if the rainman could do it..why not him? I refuse to spoil anymore of this film and I feel pretty bad that I already gave a good amount away. In conclusion, this movie is extremely funny and I highly reccommend it to all. I haven't ever had a heart attack and don't think I ever will, seeing how I am 21 years old, slim and have normal blood pressure, but I promise you I came close to going into cardiac arrest from laughing so hard at Zack Galifianakis's crazy antics. See this motherfucking movie and thank me afterwards. If you use this call me The Bardy Party.

I should add that I received two equally enthusiastic reviews about a month ago, but they were so light on detail that I decided against running them. I'm pretty sure The Bardy Party attended the same test screening that produced those write-ups. Finally, for the three or four of you who are wondering, I think my set visit is embargoed until sometime close to the film's June 10th release.

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  • Feb. 14, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Never heard of any of these guys

    by barnaby jones

    apart from the dude from National Treasure, but hey Old School is still the tits, so count me in. Oh and first.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Oh. Ok.

    by Stengah

    uuuh cool i guess.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Planty McPlant send in his review to AICN! Exclusive!

    by Mike_D

    sounds like oscar winning material to me!

  • Not really. Okay I'll stop ranting.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Why watch this...

    by dick splash

    when you can wank to the bathroom scene in Very Bad Things. There, I said it

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Saw a test screening of this last week

    by catlettuce4

    in Burbank and I agree with most of this dude's review. I think without a doubt it'll be the big hit comedy of the summer. Zack STEALS every sceen but it's a great ensemble cast. I was hesitant about attending given Todd's track record (starky and hutch???!) but I thought this was funnier than Old School. MOre reviews will pop up online so don't sweat the "plant" speculation. This will be Zack's coming out party big time.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    barnaby jones

    by BadMrWonka

    hyou've heard of the random guy from National Treasure, but not Ed Helms, of Daily Show and Office fame?<p>are you living in a crappy movie cave?

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    how hard is it to spell "Zach"?

    by BadMrWonka

    seems like 85% of the time, people get it wrong...

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    This review is bullshit

    by MC-909

    The reviews for Old School said the same thing, only replace "Zach Galifianakis" with "Will Ferrell". Old School fucking sucked. Road Trip fucking sucked. Starsky and Hutch really fucking sucked. Todd Phillips fucking sucks. Very Bad Things is still as good as it gets when it comes to Vegas comedies. So unless Bradley Cooper takes a towel hanger to the back of the head while having sex with Ed Helms, you can fucking count me out.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you lost me at "Old School fucking sucked."

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    the national treasure movies aren't crappy...

    by jig98

    they just have a tough time having it both ways.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    by Broseph

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I was just wondering what happened to this dude

    by Broseph

    Starsky and hutch sucked bad and i never saw school for scoundrels.i do love road trip and old school both are always good for a laugh

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Bradley Cooper used to be on

    by Mr_X

    Alias, BUt he was fucking excellent in Fox's KItchen COnfidetial ( FUCK YOU FOX)

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Is It Better Than "Paul Blart"?

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Well... is it?

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    You had me at Todd Phillips and Zach Galifinackis.

    by JacksonsPole

    I'm there.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    That retard from Gigi? He's the most annoying

    by GQtaste

    person I've seen come on screen in a long time. First, the gigi. then his character in National Treasures ruins both films.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    In conclusion,

    by Gungan Slayer

    I have no idea why in the hell anyone gives a shit about this movie, in particular the plant.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Couldn't finish..

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Who remembers third string characters from shit like The Wedding Crashers? Or The Office?

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Rob Scheider is...... The Stapler... Rated PG 13

    by ass clown

    What a smart, innovative concept for a movie. Let's make a movie about a set of three older guys getting blacked out drunk in Vegas and then make a joke of how funny that is. We can throw weed jokes, a couple subtle coke references, and throw in a flurry of F Bombs and suddenly, move over Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips is back on top. This will be fantastic and, to really put the cherry on there, we'll go ahead and make it a romantic comedy about half way through because that's just smart business. What will Todd Phillips think uup next, he shocked us with Old School, pulled a one eighty with Road Trip, and now this. He's got the diversity of the Beatles, but with double the talent. Its nice to know that public drunkeness and retarded behavior is still encouraged as the best way to be popular and cool in America today. If we are really lucky, we'll get some Seth Rogan like descriptions of tits, weed, and sex, that are not funny at all, except they deal with taboo subject matter that we want to nervously laugh at. Then for the grand finale, maybe Todd will show us some wonderful, 'pussy on pedestal' titties, so I can see the real things again before I die. I love ogling girls while they ridicule me for being a hermit virgin. It doesn't matter because boobs are stupendous and they make my baby dick grow. If I was going to sell this movie, I'd show a girl taking her bra off in the trailer and then cut away right before it would show titties. I love being sexually frustrated and taking my energy out on some hard, VHS video, masturbation.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    it's about time galafnakisafanikisafankia

    by skaul80

    gets a roll in what could maybe, possibly be a decent flick. on his own, he's hilarious. in films, they tend to suck.

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Fatso Raven.

    by mrbscribe

    Seriously. What kind of comedy are comedy are the people who bash moves like these and Old School into? Old Jerry Lewis movies? Some Like it Hot? What? You guys do realize you're sound like people who said Animal House and Caddyshack weren't 'smart or invenative enough.' I saw this movie (the hangover) and it was the tits.

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Sorry about the spellings

    by mrbscribe

    I'm high and I usually have an editor.

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by mrbscribe

    ...I just got that you're probably jealous of this dudes success

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    One hit comedy wonder?

    by panicdawg

    Uh... Bradley Cooper has been in a shit-ton of hilarious things, like, uh, Wet Hot American Summer and the Stella Shorts.

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    man, some of you are fucking bitter

    by Kammich

    "oh las vegas, thats so original... i hate drunken frat comedies, try something new... i've never heard of these actors, so it CAN'T be funny!" wah wah wah... 98% of talk backers cannot and will not ever be pleased by anything, regardless of if they've seen the movie or not

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    galifianakis is absolutely hilarious, so count me in

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    The pitch:

    by skimn

    Its Bachelor Party meets Dude Wheres My Car?

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    And just as Old School knew how to cast

    by skimn

    and handle Will Farrell, remember his roles in Zoolander, Night In Roxbury, Superstar...?, there's Farrell's career before Old School, and his career after Old School. Todd Phillips may be able to do the same for Zach.

  • Feb. 16, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Bradley Cooper Sucks Balls

    by Jack Shepherd

    Period. The end.

  • March 30, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Sound pretty good

    by Nizzuts

    I like mindless comedy like this...kind of the lowest common deonominator type movies. Zach Galifianakis is a funny guy and I hope he gets some good exposure from this.