The year 2008, just like any year, brought us a lot of really bad comedic films. We had a couple new installments to the Friedberg and Seltzer spoof series, a few of Will Ferrell’s flicks where he once again plays an adolescent man in an adults body and a fair share of teen titty comedies that get by with boobs, beer and bongs as humor material. However, 2008 also brought us a few of the best comedies to date like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Zack & Miri Make A Porno and the best of them all, Tropic Thunder. 2009 has thus far followed the same pattern. Millions of dollars went to waste making movies like Paul Blart Mall Cop, Fired Up, Observe & Report and Dance Flick. Fortunately we have also already gotten a few good ones into the year as well. In fact, I am going to go as far as to say that we have seen the best comedy of the year already and it can only be downhill from here till 2010.
Hangover, a movie title that summarizes the synopsis of the movie in perfect simplicity, was a plain old good time with countless laugh out loud moments and a cast that kept the whole audience in the theater I was in smiling the whole time. The trinity of actors who made up the main characters in the film, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms & Zack Gailifianakis, had perfect chemistry that got better and better as the movie progressed. The script was near perfect with dialogue that was funny in nearly every line they spoke. I love that this movie took 3 actors who have had great success to a small select group of people who actually know them, put them together in a feature length film and made the world realize how talented they all are.
Todd Phillips, whose only real success in his directing career can be called Old School, did a fanastic job with the script Jon Lucas, another not so successful film maker, wrote. The movie is not for the squeamish or conservative but I recommend it to anyone who is a little daring and wants to have a real good time at the theaters.