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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

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

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

4 stars

Never able to scrounge a dull moment, the Hangover is easily my favourite comedy of this decade. These three guys are what truly make this film work. Their chemistry, the story, the outcomes, the surprises, the laughs, and anything else that you would expect from a brilliant comedy is present in this film. It follows "The Three Best Friends that anyone could have" as they venture off to have a bachelor party in Vegas for their best friend Doug. It may not be the most brilliant film of all time, but it works in more ways than one. I laughed my ass off and that is all I cared about really. These guys are blast to watch and the script is hilarious! I love "The Hangover!"

- fb733768972, Friday, May 24, 2013