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Tue June 23, 2009
By John DeSando, WCBE's "It's Movie Time," "Cinema Classics," and "On the Marquee"
"I didn't know they gave out rings at the Holocaust." Alan (Zach Galifianakis)
If you want more anti-PC humor, The Hangover gives it: gay Asian thugs, old man without underwear, shrill girlfriend, loveable whore, and Holocaust joke (see above). This boys-will-be boys comedy thriller has enough raunch and racism to garner a near NC-17 (stay for the credits) and enough crude laughs to make a few hundred mil.
The weekend in Vegas for three groomsmen and a groom before the wedding turns into a lost one for the revelers, who can't remember what happened because a low-rent dealer gave them A date-rape drug rather than cocaine. The result is the chaos only a fianc? coUld dream of: lost tooth, child, and tiger; marriage to a hooker; $80 K of debt; and some very perturbed waiting women at home. The premise of their retracing the evening is a good one, providing a flashback with a detective edge.
Throughout, the dialogue does not hold up to Judd Apitow standards, and the payoffs for the setups are weak. The film is humor underdressed for a wedding.
John DeSando teaches film at Franklin University and co-hosts WCBE 90.5's It's Movie Time, Cinema Classics, and On the Marquee, which can be heard streaming at http://publicbroadcasting.net/wcbe/ppr/index.shtml and on demand at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wcbe/arts.artsmain
Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.RR.com