The Hangover

Rated 4.0

Some unlucky bastards rue the sins of male celebratory debauchery in The Hangover, a bachelor party film that doesn’t care about the party itself. Director Todd Phillips and his perfect cast are interested more in the penalties of unbridled pre-wedding behavior, and how extreme, balls-out partying can eventually lead to Mike Tyson punching you in the face. Phillips is no stranger to the art of misbehaving males. His Road Trip and Old School were hilariously introspective looks at guys behaving like assholes with the help of intoxicants and bare female breasts. Yet, as sophomoric and politically incorrect as those films were, they are nothing but primers for what unfolds in this latest ode to misbehaving Neanderthals. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis make for a great comedic team, and a sequel is already in the works.