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Film Review: “The Hangover”

(Warner Brothers Pictures. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity and some drug material. Directed by Todd Phillips.) Bradley Cooper (Phil Wenneck), Ed Helms (Stu Price), Zach Galifianakis (Alan Garner), Justin Bartha (Doug Billings), Heather Graham (Jade), Sasha Barrese (Tracy Garner), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid Garner). Music by Christophe Beck.

Four friends head to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug’s (Bartha) wedding. After an epic night, Stu, Phil and Alan (Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis) can’t remember what happened, and more importantly, can’t find the groom. What follows is a surprisingly funny and entertaining tour of a Vegas night gone oh-so-wrong. The first two-thirds of the film feels like a detective story, with the guys following a string of increasingly bizarre clues that keep stacking atop one another in that “it just keeps getting worse” kind of way.

The main trio of Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis, while seemingly mismatched at the outset, form a very strong set, with Cooper acting as the brains, Helms trying not to hyperventilate and Galifianakis getting weirder by the minute. While the plot advances with a self-assured swagger, it’s fun to watch the trio eventually lose theirs. Several standouts buoy the rest of the cast, with Heather Graham as bubbly stripper/Stu’s new wife Jade, effete Asian gang leader Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong in a performance that is sure to be quoted endlessly) and an entertaining cameo by Mike Tyson himself. The film loses a little steam in the final third, but overall it’s a good time. Be glad that these happenings didn’t stay in Vegas.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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