Jun 292009
 

The Hanover Movie PosterTwo days before his wedding, Doug and his three friends drive to Las Vegas for a blow-out bachelor party they’ll never forget. But, in fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can’t remember a thing. For some reason, they find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby in the closet of their suite at Caesars Palace. The one thing they can’t find is Doug. With no clue as to what transpired and little time to spare, the trio must retrace their hazy steps and all their bad decisions in order to figure out where things went wrong and hopefully get Doug back to L.A. in time to walk down the aisle.

Genres: Comedy; Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.; Release Date: June 5th, 2009 (wide); MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha

Directed by: Todd Phillips

We watched this weekend before last, and I have to say, it was pretty funny. I was frankly expecting “stupid funny,” but this was pretty smart slap stick stuff with lots of laugh out loud moments.The movie centers around four immature adults dumbfounded by the seemingly unexplainable result of a wild Vegas night catalyzed by the foursome’s out of control bachelor party. Set the day before one of the principle character’s wedding, the film is primarily seen through eyes of Doug (the groom-to-be), Alan (the lovable moron), Stu (the hopeless one), and Phil (the stud, and in many ways the leader of the pack). The director of Old School does not shy away from shock humor but embraces it, while gradually building confidence and self discovery within the characters.

Overall, the film triumphs through curiosity and chemistry. Just like the main characters, we are eager to find out what happens, or what DID happen. At the same time, the strong relationship developed by the characters makes the viewer realize how much he/she cares about what ultimately happens to them. Chemistry is the secret to a good comedy; it is about time somebody shows this understanding.

I don’t want to reveal too much, but let me tell you this: everything does get explained in the end (except for the chicken aimlessly walking around in the hotel room, but I mean, it’s a chicken). All of the actors succeeded in their roles admirably, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see these guys in more lead roles. Ed Helms hasn’t made me laugh this hard since The Daily Show. Seriously guys. Go watch this movie, you won’t be disappointed.

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