‘The Hangover’: Comedy of the Summer? I Certainly Think So


I caught the trailer for the new movie “The Hangover” last weekend and have never laughed so hard over a movie trailer. I laughed so hard I had to rewind and watch it two more times, one of those times in slow motion to confirm that the wedding singer from ‘Old School’ was in fact in this movie as well.

Although the movie won’t be released until Friday June 5, the buzz and early reviews predict “The Hangover” could be the biggest comedy of the summer. In fact, “The Hangover” is already is generating such positive reactions that Warner Bros. is starting development on a sequel, a strong vote of confidence for a movie with no big stars, no comic book tie-in and no obvious franchise traits. So what’s the buzz all about?

hangover_2-440x292Directed by “Old School’s” Todd Phillips, “The Hangover” follows a traditional road trip formula. Four guys (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis) head to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. The escapades begin after one of the men mixes the sleeping pill flunitrazepam into the Jagermeister the guys drink to start off the evening. When they awake in their trashed hotel suite the next morning, the groom (Bartha), has gone missing so to find him, his three friends must retrace their booze fueled, drugged-out steps from the night before leading them on a journey that includes a quickie wedding to Heather Graham, a naked Asian gangster, an infant found in a closet, a stolen police car and boxer Mike Tyson’s pet tiger.

the-hangoverSoon after the studio held it’s first “Hangover” research screening earlier this year, Warner Bros. decided to start moving forward with plans for a sequel. Currently, the studio has not given the green-light to the sequel but is hopeful that if “The Hangover” did perform well and all the necessary contracts could be closed, a follow-up film could go into production early next year.

“Everyone who sees the movie loves it,” says Sue Kroll, the studio’s president of worldwide marketing. “It always ends up with people laughing hysterically and everyone wants to go back and immediately see it again.

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