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Massawyrm remembers everything about THE HANGOVER and is glad he does!

Published at: June 4, 2009, 10 a.m. CST


Hola all. Massawyrm here. Yes. This is every bit as good as it looks. There’s not really a whole hell of a lot to say about this film except that it is really, really funny. While I didn’t laugh as hard as many of my friends – most of whom spent the bulk of the film doubled over – the film lived up to every promise it makes with its TV spots and trailers, proving to be this summer’s raunchy comedy hit. If somehow you’ve managed to miss the marketing blitz on this thing (which I, lacking cable or satellite television of any sort have not been able to do) it’s a pretty simple premise: 4 guys leave for a debaucherous drunken night in Vegas – but when they wake up the groom is missing, the hotel room is trashed and no one remembers a thing about the night before. And really, when all is said and done, it is not the jokes that make THE HANGOVER a movie worth watching and potentially rewatching. It is the story. The film is tightly paced and presented as comedic mystery, with a compelling narrative that never hints at whether the groom is even still alive. In fact, some of the evidence seems contrary. As the guys try to retrace their steps, a series of clever twists and insane turns paint a picture of a night that no one should ever forget…except that they somehow did. And it creates a memorable story with plenty of shocks and a lot of laughs. The comedy here is very well crafted and carefully honed. It is smart without being effete. It is base, vulgar and crass without being lowbrow. But most importantly, THE HANGOVER knows how to tell a joke. There’s one moment in particular in which one of the characters does something ridiculously crude involving a baby. It’s not really funny. But it kind of is. Some of the people in the audience laughed, but most knew better. I mean, this is exactly the kind of things one of your jackass friends would do to try and make you laugh. It’s not smart. It’s not clever. And then one of the other characters walks up and acts just like the audience, trying to be better than the joke. And then he snorts, letting out an honest chuckle – letting the audience know that they know just how absurd and stupid it is, but come on, it’s okay to laugh, it’s kind of funny – and the audience exploded in laughter. Because the joke wasn’t the crude thing – the joke was you trying not to laugh at the crude thing. And they get you. THE HANGOVER is structured entirely around jokes forged in this kind of comedy. Not the Apatow school of “Let throw 20 takes at the wall and see what sticks”, but more of the “let’s tell some jokes that will pay off later in the film,” variety. And that’s what elevates this to level of acclaim it has already, and most likely will continue to, receive. Bradley Cooper does incredibly well, and the well timed hinting at him putting on the emerald tights as Green Lantern hasn’t hurt the buzz on him. This in no way convinced me that he’s up to that – but it did show me that he is a more than adequate replacement for the Ryan Reynolds/Vince Vaughn role in a comedy, and is very funny and likable in his own right. I’d actually love to see him in a Joe Carnahan movie, or something a bit grittier. But funny – the guy is funny and I’d love to see him stick with that. He anchors this film in a big way and lets Zach Galifianakis and Ed helms go nuts in all the right ways. The chemistry and timing between these three is the final cherry atop the comedy Sunday that brings it all together. These guys are funny, but together they are hilarious. My biggest problem with the film isn’t the film itself, but the advertising. The trailer and TV spots have ruined a number of the film’s best jokes. Fortunately, it is impossible to ruin ALL of the films jokes. There are too many, and frankly several that aren’t appropriate for anything other than a redband trailer. You have not seen the very best parts of the movie - but a number of jokes that could have been legendary are instead relegated to “I wish I’d seen it in the film instead” status. Even though I wasn’t blown out of my chair for this, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will see it again. It was sharp, funny and never told a joke that made me roll my eyes or wince – uncommon for most rated R comedies these days. A true cut above, I fully expect this to be heralded by most as the best, if not simply one of the best, comedies of the year by nearly every one you know. If you’re looking for a laugh, this comes Recommended. Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm
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  • June 4, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Hmmm

    by chrth

  • June 4, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Grrrrrrrrrrreat!! Poor J Caradine

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

  • June 4, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Damn enter key

    by chrth

    I meant: Hmmmm ... it sort of sounds like Dude Where's My Car via Jude Apatow or similar. Might check it out on DVD.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    David Carradine is dead !

    by barnaby jones

    found in his Bangkok hotel room.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Farts

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    rule.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    It's DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?

    by the beef

    meets funny. Go see it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    awesome.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    glad to hear it.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    It appears David Carradine commited suicide by hanging.

    by Orionsangels

    That's even worse to me, because it wasn't even natural causes. It could have been prevented.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Wow you have to be depressed to hang yourself at 72

    by barnaby jones

    Your life is almost over anyway.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    What about Iron Mike?

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    Was he funny in this shit?

  • June 4, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Age has nothing to do with it, look at Brooks from Shawshank

    by Orionsangels

  • June 4, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Carradine

    by OGREISHERE

    Maybe he found out he had cancer or something and did not want to go out like that.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    palpatinefuckedmydog

    by the beef

    Tyson himself isn't exactly funny, but the scenes he's in are funny.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Auto Erotic Aspyxiation

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Carradine had a rope attached to his genitals & neck...what a way to go!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    David Carradine - 'Tits Out For Attention Girl'

    by NeilF

    He simply couldn't believe they will still be posting 'Tits Out For Attention Girl' this weekend!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    it sounds like a murder to me

    by bacci40

    lets not jump to conclusions

  • June 4, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    it sounds like a murder to me

    by bacci40

    lets not jump to conclusions

  • June 4, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    rest in peace ,China-man!

    by jarjarmessiah

    we'll miss you, Bill.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    A comedy movie with a script?

    by Spandau Belly

    Say whut? I thought we just assigned comedians roles as loveable slackers and let them improv conversations for three hours in comedy movies now.<br><br>This thing is getting a lot of praise.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Dude Where's My Car

    by chrth

    Wasn't there supposed to be a sequel at some point? Whatever happened to that?

  • June 4, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    bacci40: Until we get an official report, I'm presuming

    by chrth

    he was found five steps from the door.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Carradine didn't hang himself..

    by samuraiyao

    It was the black witch voodoo magic that got to him.. Have any of you seen the movie "P" shot entirely in Bangkok...

  • June 4, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I hate to say this but,,,

    by Orionsangels

    It's ironic we're talking about Carradine hanged on the hangover thread

  • June 4, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Make a shitty Tarantino movie- hang yourself

    by Jugdish

    Still waiting for people from Jackie Brown and Deathproof to hang themselves too..

  • June 4, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Carradine!!! No!!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Hung himself in a hotel room! WTF!!!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Death is a douchebag

    by CuervoJones

    Kill Death!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Right now Harry is writing heartfelt words about Carradine

    by Orionsangels

  • June 4, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Let's show a little respect

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    for the dead, shall we?. R.I.P David Carradine.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Carradine has about 7 more movies coming out

    by Orionsangels

    # Portland (2009) (pre-production) .... Jerry # Night of the Templar (2009) (post-production) .... Shopkeeper # Money to Burn (2009) (post-production) # Six Days in Paradise (2009) (post-production) .... Vernon Billings # Su Qi-Er (2009) (post-production) ... aka True Legend (International: English title) # The Rain Chronicles (2009) (post-production) .... Clive Jonis # Detention (2009) (post-production) .... Principle Hoskins

  • June 4, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    None of those 7 are good though.

    by barnaby jones

  • June 4, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    at least 2 of them also feature Micheal Madsen !!

    by barnaby jones

  • June 4, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah he was Poon Dong in Crank High Voltage

    by Orionsangels

  • June 4, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Orionsangels

    by Pancho_Villa

    I only count 6 movies. If Portland is only in pre-production then how is he going to act in it?? Think about that one for a second

  • June 4, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    "This is every bit as good as it looks."

    by mbeemer

    Ahhhhh... To be truthful, this doesn't look very good to me.<p><p>So, you're saying I should stick with my original decision not to see it, I guess...

  • June 4, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Carradine must have pissd off the Triads

    by HarryBlackPotter

    They also did Bruce Lee in too. Probably. Or probably not. Most likely not.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Bachelor Party Vegas anyone....

    by ThePilgrim

    They feel like Twins. Mike Tyson is in this one. Chuck "The IceMan" Liddell was in BPV.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    http://i42.tinypic.com/ogf8kg.jpg

    by ironic_name

  • June 4, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Massa is the comeback kid

    by NeoMyers

    ...another great review, which cements him as one of my go-to guys on this site. I waited for his review on Terminator before making up my mind. Way to be, son.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation?

    by Animation

    I heard the original thailand newspaper article mentioned he had ropes around his neck and genitals. I wonder if thats bullcrap, or if it was auto-erotic asphyxiation. Anyway, I'm looking forward to Hangover. It should rule!

  • June 4, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    RIP Grasshoppa'

    by Slippy

    Damn David, I was hoping to see you in a few more things. Action movies are now a little bit darker today.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    This really is a hilarious popcorn film...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...you will laugh your ass off.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Zach Galifianakis is a lunatic...

    by Cellar Door

    ...but watching his lunacy is god damn hilarious. Seriously, watch or rent "The Comedians of Comedy" in which a doco crew films Patton Oswald along with Galafianakis, Brian Posehn, and Maria Bamford doing a small comedy tour.<p>All of them are funny but Galifianakis is sheer genius funny. I think he's one of those guys at the cusp of lunacy and genius only this particular cusp sits firmly in the world of hilariosity.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but he loved Taken, so what does that say?

    by coconutgroves

    I just can't forgive him for that utterly horrible recommendation.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one

    by DennisMM

    who isn't into continuous crude humor? I guess so, as a couple of minutes of sexual joking seems sufficient and absolutely NO fart jokes. I'm an old fogey, I suppose.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Old School 2

    by Cockface

    If my ballsack is Old School, my perenium is the Hangover and my pubes are Starsky and Hutch, then Old School 2 will be the cock, completing the groinal region with awesome cockness.

  • June 4, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Todd Phillips...Has a good eye/ear for comedy

    by Quake II

    Road Trip was very funny, Old School was awesome, Starsky & Hutch was "ok" and The Hangover looks like it takes Phillips back to awesome. Phillips reminds me of a modern John Landis (at his peak).

  • June 4, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    What no Land Of The Lost review?

    by rogueleader66

    Oh right, don't need a review to know that movie is going to be one steaming pile of dog shit, and I am the last person to declare a movie shit before having seen it, but in this case I cannot help it, Land Of The Lost will suck big sweaty donkey balls. When I read that they made Chaka a little pervert, I was done. Yea I know the TV show was cheesy and all of that, but they had some good stories, Larry Niven and Harlan Ellison wrote episodes for the show for god's sake, but now Hollywood has to appeal to the lowest common denominator and make this a Will Ferrell moron-a-thon. Ughhhhhhh.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Really ?

    by kingoflight

    Maybe englands got a different tv spot to you guy's as the film looks fucking dreadful. Most of it is focused on mike tyson singing that bum note on that phil colins song.... There is a reason why they are doing that over here i am sure that the movie does infact suck balls. The only reason they are playing that clip is due to the cadbury's advert with the ape on the drums. Sorry i just don't belive you on this one.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    looking forward to a good comedy

    by Cruzboy

    been waiting for this for a while. Todd Phillips is the man and this looks hilarious. Old School is all ready a classic in my books. Ed Helms cracks me up on the Daily Show, can't wait to see him on the big screen.

  • June 4, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST

    The Hangover IS Hilarious!

    by FilmFan311

    Truly enjoyed the hell out of this movie! My friend and I laughed our asses for the entire duration of this film. Stay for the credits. No, not until the end of the credits: the first half of the credits. Saw this last week at an early screening and will most likely go see it with a big crowd this weekend. Enjoy it!

  • June 4, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    The End-Credits Sequence: made the Movie for me

    by Nuking the Fridge

    I would be a liar if I said this movie was NOT funny. But the end credits were awesome. Cherry on a Sundae.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    "TV spots have ruined a number of the film’s best jokes"

    by jimmay

    If those were the best jokes, then the ones they left in must be really witless.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    TV Spots.....

    by Nuking the Fridge

    Have you guys noticed some of the jokes are different in the theater version as compared to some of the TV Spots? I think it is mis-direction. My opinion is that they lead you into theatre with a so-so joke, to show the real zinger in the theatre. I think it is brilliant marketing.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Why is Hollywood forcing Bradley Cooper on us??

    by 3D-Man

    He's already hosted SNL, he's on Conan's Tonight Show premiere week (which seems to be reserved for A-List actors)... and for what?? He's had bit parts in some movies and was completely forgettable each time. The guy is as bland as it gets!!

  • June 5, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Normally I would agree with you 3D-Man

    by Continentalop

    But I just saw the Hangover tonight and have to say for once Bradley Cooper flashes a lot of charm to the audience. I have always found him to be very stiff and bland on screen, but in these movie he does a good job of coming across as a very likable rake.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Didn't I see this movie

    by Bad Robot

    when it was called Very Bad Things?

  • June 5, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    It's funny how this comes out of nowhere and looks good

    by lockesbrokenleg

    While shit like Zack and Miri, and Saving Fucking Marshall were hyped out of the ass, and they sucked.

  • June 5, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Sundae...

    by StubePT

    ...not "Sunday"

  • June 5, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by monolithik

    This is definitely the funniest movie I've seen in a long, long time. The movie had the whole audience in tears, and I wanted to see it again as soon as I walked out of the theater -- probably the highest praise I could give a movie. The only thing that was a letdown was (kind of a SPOILER ahead) the whole tiger/Tyson plot line. It could have been lifted straight out of the film and it wouldn't have changed anything. Still, I guess it's okay to have a few dead end plot points, as long as it doesn't slow the film down or make it too busy, which this doesn't, really. Good show.