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: 29
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  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: There is a sort of perverse brilliance or brilliant perverseness to be found in this story of a bachelor party gone terribly wrong.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Friday, June 5, 2009

Fresh: A strong cast, a quirky script with some unexpected twists and a steady hand from the director's chair make this a desert ride on the wild side a worthy road trip.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Friday, June 5, 2009

Rotten: This kind of 'one crazy night' tale relies on drum-tight structure to work. Without it, The Hangover sputters to a sentimental halt.

- Dana Stevens, Slate, Friday, June 5, 2009

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Laughed throughout this whole movie. a great cast that just has a great time and you can see it. 5 stars easy!!

- jmanard52, Sunday, July 11, 2010

5 stars

Laughed throughout this whole movie. a great cast that just has a great time and you can see it. 5 stars easy!!

- jmanard52, Sunday, July 11, 2010

4 stars

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

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Tuesday, October 26, 2010