Box art for The Hangover

The Hangover

comedy


After a blow-out bachelor party, three groomsmen wake in their Las Vegas hotel room to find the groom is missing and they can't remember a thing about what they did the night before.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Funny, yes, but chock-full of alcohol-fueled adult content.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this hilarious but extremely raunchy comedy from the director of Old School is decidedly not for younger teens. Let's face it: The movie's whole premise involves drinking and being drugged. There's lots of comedic violence, sex, substance abuse, and over-the-top language. While you could stretch and suggest that there's a message about friendship and responsibility, that's like suggesting that Twinkies and soda contain some vitamin C. Still, this movie is turning out to be the teen buzz movie of the summer of 2009. Parents also need to know that this review is for the rated version of this film.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the ritual of the bachelor party -- is it a chance for real bonding or simple immature excess?
  • Families can also discuss the image of Las Vegas as a playground forgrown-ups; how much of that is innocent fun, and how much of it issimply seedy marketing language?
  • Finally, families can talk about the film's excessive depiction of violence, sex, and substance abuse -- is the film condoning or glorifying this kind of behavior?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 9
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  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh:

- Eugene Novikov, Film Blather, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh:

- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

3 stars

The Hangover is funny. It made me laugh quite a few times in fact. It isn't, however, as funny as everyone says it is. I thought Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms were both very good, they obviously have a talent for impromptu comedy but their greatness is often marred by the films unfunny performers, namely Ken Jeong & Rob Riggle. Todd Phillips has grown up as a director but unfortunately there is still a lot of stupid and unfunny 'Frat' humour here that he really needs to rid himself of, without it, The Hangover would have been a much better film. I'm a little apprehensive of The Hangover 2!

- SirPant, Friday, August 27, 2010

4 stars

The Hangover took slightly longer to warm up and become funny, than I was expecting it to take, however once warmed up I can definitely see why this film was so popular. The after affects in this film are of course what escalates to become a hillarious unravelling of events and the combination of such individual characters causes some really comical moments.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 1, 2010