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The Hangover


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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
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®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Dave White,, Wednesday, July 7, 2010


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


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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I was not quite sure with this to start. Zach Galifanakis playing a character lost somewhere between the Rain Man and The Dude and suddenly the jokes began to open up and make me laugh. The comedy film you have here feels in tune with the comedy era of the 80s. (lots of inuendo aimed at class barriers and repression) Perhaps it was the Las Vegas shots, the screen casting, and the 'wannabe' enjoying life again sountrack that I liked, but overall it was a good film. I was expecting more "twists in the script" but the jokes made up for it. I think I would watch this again.

- rezpatriot, Wednesday, May 12, 2010

3 stars

It's a total dude-movie...

- citawijaya, Tuesday, March 9, 2010

3 stars

A hilarious, consistently funny movie featuring a show stealing performance from Zach Galifianakis. What could've been a formulaic, overdone look on a subject we've seen done many times before -- hangovers, is wisely avoided by a smart comedic director (Todd Phillips), as he spices up the dialogue with unique one-liners, as well as many interesting and ridiculous scenarios. Although the film produces a glaring plot hole near its ending, it doesn't ruin the overall experience, as Phillips tosses his three characters into impossible situations, while at the same time humanizing them so we care what happens to them. A red-hot summer comedy.

- fb619846742, Monday, October 8, 2012