The Hangover Review

June 21, 2009

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The Hangover is the first great comedy of 2009, it only took us 6 months to get there. While the premise is quite simple and the characters are at times stereotypical, its the on-screen chemistry and mystery of the events that transpired the night before, that keeps the viewer thoroughly engaged. The audience is learning right alongside the characters about what happened and trying to figure out where their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) might be. It’s quite an interactive experience that leaves you guessing what can possibly happen next, while having you rolling in laughter at the same time.

The main chunk of this film is told through the three friends Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) who wake up with an incredible hangover and no recollection of the previous nights bachelor party. They quickly discover their friend Doug is missing who is supposed to get married in just 24 hours. The laughs are pretty much constant throughout this film. We see the boys get ready to go to vegas, bits of the road trip there, and the events leading up to their first alcoholic shot of the night. After that it’s the next morning, so we never actually get to see what transpired during the party, just bits and pieces of it as it unfolds throughout the film.

There are so many great bits with a tiger, nudity, stun guns, and yes even Mike Tyson. Heather Graham has a role as well, playing a stripper that one of the guy’s ends up marrying in their drunken haze. This film really puts the saying of “what happens in vegas, stays in vegas” to use, as they all have significant others back home who they must make sure don’t find out about the wild shenanigans. Ed Helm’s character really steals some great scenes in this film as he is in a power struggle with his wife who wants him to grow up and mature out of childish partying with the boys. Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Phil almost seems like Cooper is just playing himself. He’s cool, confident, and the defacto leader of the group.

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Entertainment News and Notes

June 9, 2009

— The cover for Rolling Stone’s expose on Adam Lambert has been revealed. This is the issue where Lambert will finally come out of the closet which is no surprise to anyone following his career. “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, hitting newsstands this week. I’m glad he is atleast owning who he is and this will hopefully create even more acceptance for gay’s in the public.

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— Liam Neeson is in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to star in its long-gestating bigscreen adaptation of “The A-Team” as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith. Bradley Cooper is in early talks to play Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck in the Joe Carnahan-directed pic based on the 1980s TV series. Credit: Variety

— More troubles on the set of the Robin Hood reboot in London. The New York Post has a big story on heated battles between the film’s star Russell Crowe and it’s director Ridley Scott:

HOT-tempered Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott are said to be squabbling like a couple of gladiators on the British set of their latest collaboration, Universal’s big-budget Robin Hood flick.

“The producers had to fly to London because Russell and Ridley won’t talk to each other,” an insider told Page Six. “Every time they stop filming, it costs the production millions of dollars.”

It would be the latest glitch for the $175 million movie, which was originally titled “Nottingham” but is now just “Untitled Robin Hood Project.”

Last December, we revealed how Crowe no longer wanted to work with Scott, whom he blamed for their disastrous fourth collaboration, “Body of Lies.” Then, in January, we reported how the Oscar-winning hothead ordered producers to get a new director and demanded script rewrites that devoted more of the plot to him.

The delays caused Sienna Miller to drop out, and Crowe had to go on a crash diet to drop 35 pounds because, as one producer noted, “We can’t have Robin Hood looking more like Friar Tuck.”

Crowe’s publicist, Alan Nierob, denied that there’s any friction between star and director, insisting, “It’s a good scene down there. Everything is on schedule.”