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The HANGOVER

When one of their best friends goes missing, three groomsmen played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis must retrace their last 40 hours at the Caesars Place bachelor party where they lost him. They must now figure out what happened in their drunken stupor and save their about-to-be-wed friend.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 30 Jul 2009
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong
Director: Todd Phillips
Format: NA

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Writer: Nur Safina Othman

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Watch this if you liked: "Wedding Crashers", "I Love You Man", "Road Trip"

As often said, never has the saying 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas' ringed true as it does here. The concept of "The Hangover" is simple and straight to the point. Summer blockbusters seem to primarily become the domain of special effects, yet there is constantly a high demand for few feel-good comedies as well. While the ones with biggest stars tend to get the most attention, for this movie, it may be a different story.

"The Hangover" is definitely a guy movie. It's got laughs, drugs, strippers and also cameos by famed boxer Mike Tyson. Directed by Todd Phillips, "The Hangover" is about three groomsmen, Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper), Stu Price (Ed Helms) and Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) who goes on a celebration of manly freedom before one of their friend, Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) gets married. After a wild and crazy night, they wake up the next morning unable to remember a thing, especially where the groom is.

The concept and plot of the movie may be similar to any other films that focuses on a groom who goes missing after a bachelor party, but it looks like Phillips directed it well by twisting the story into a one crazy night that went wrong. One of the film's greatest strength is the way the story is told. The audience is kept in suspense as the mystery unravels, essentially in real-time.

The chemistry between the cast is great! Even though "The Hangover" does not have A-list actors in it to help draw the attention in, nonetheless Cooper ("Yes Man"), Helms (TV series "The Office") and Galifianakis ("What Happens In Vegas") really made the movie work. None of these guys overshadow each other, instead they create a dynamic that is natural, entertaining and reliable as a group of friends involved in a bachelor party gone wrong in Las Vegas. This reviewer felt that Zach Galifianakis stole the show with his natural acting and ability to crack jokes effortlessly.

"The Hangover" certainly stands up to be hilarious and very entertaining. This is definitely a movie to watch!

Cinema Online, 29 July 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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