September 6th: The Morning After


186. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)

It’d be a pretty safe bet to say that I laughed at this film more than any other this year. Todd Phillips returns to the kind of territory that he covered so successfully with Old School, another film about a group of men fleetingly trying to come to terms with being masculine in a world that doesn’t really allow it anymore. Except in The Hangover the men are in the adult theme-park of Las Vegas. There’s solid performances from everyone involved, especially Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms who provide the majority of the comedy.

The situation is pretty familiar to me, attempting to recall what I’ve done after a particularly heavy night on the sauce though not quite to the same extent as in this film though. I don’t want to talk about the plot anymore for fear of ruining it for anyone else. I will say that there is a genuine feeling that everyone had a lot of fun making this, I certainly think that feeling is transmitted and watching The Hangover is like an invitation to join a group of your friends having a good time. That’s probably the highest compliment I can pay to a film like this and I felt much the same way about Old School among a few other films that capture that mystery feeling of mates having a good time.