Release year: 2009
Director: Todd Philips
Screenwriter: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Sasha Barrese
Ratings: 1 Golden Globe: Best Picture Comedy/Musical
After a bachelor party in Las Vegas three friends wake up with a chicken, a tiger and a baby in the room but with no groom and no memory of what took place the night before. Now they must try to follow their own footsteps from the night before, to find their friend before the wedding.
This hugely succesful R-rated comedy was the big breakthrough for Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) who had so far mostly played small parts in a few movies and has afterwards experienced great succes. The succes is understandable as he is incredible charming as the cool Phil, the charimistic leader of the Hangover trio. The movie also made a name of Zach Galifianakis (Due Date, 2010) as the adorable and eccentric fuck-up Alan, who the others relunctantly brings on the trip as he is the groom’s brother-in-law to be. The last part of the trio is Stu, the dentist with a dominant girlfriend, played with great enthusiasm by Ed Helms (We’re the Millers, 2013). Three completely different types, they play of brilliantly on each other, creating a dynamic duo with plenty of chemistry and tension to add fuel to the entire movie. As the three guys follow yesterday’s steps, great cameo’s, not to be mentioned to keep the surprise, appear and the story follows a whodunnit approach, or in this case a whathavewedone, leaving you wondering along with the characters what on earth happened that night.
Stu’s missing tooth is not made by effects or prosthetics. Ed Helms is missing that tooth and they simply removed his fake incisor for the scenes where his tooth is missing.
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