The Hangover Review
In today’s movie market, an R rated comedy seems like a rarer and rarer thing. The common wisdom is that for a movie to draw in more money, the film makers have been trying to open up their films to a wider (and younger) audience, so they have strived to maintain the PG13 rating for their movie. The best example of this from recent history that comes to mind is the latest installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard. This film got huge attention after the film’s star, Bruce Willis publicly complained about the makers cutting down the movie to maintain the PG13 rating after all three previous Die Hard films had been R rated. I remember being very excited to see Live Free or Die Hard, until I heard about this story and ultimately, because of this, I waited to catch this film on DVD.
This film, The Hangover, though is definitely a great argument against this trend. This is through and through an R rated comedy and pretty much every aspect of the film that necessitates the R rating makes this film so much fun to watch. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and hilarious film, with some great scenes with Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Tambor and Daily Show regulars Ed Helms and Rob Riggle.
I don’t want to give too much away, but this is definitely one bachelor party comedy where I’m glad that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… and that we get to laugh at the whole thing from the sidelines, especially when we get some crazy scenes with dangerous celebrity pets!
Thanks to ry(me)orreason for the above pic.