Hangover Is So Good It Hurts

Screwball male-bonding Vegas comedy may be year's funniest yet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 6:48 AM CDT

(Newser) The Hangover 's raunchy tale of three bachelor-party buddies trying to piece together a wild night in Vegas blends its screwball ingredients into a hilarious and surprisingly headache-free mix, say critics.

  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The movie is "rowdy, scurrilous, and, for about three-quarters of its running time, a lot more hilarious than it has any right to be."

  • Kyle Smith, New York Post:: "Raunchy frat comedies are as hard to pull off as any other kind because they have to keep surprising the audience, and The Hangover does with a bizarre series of uproarious situations with explanations that just about stay within the bounds of plausibility."
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: "The Hangover ain't art," but director Todd Phillips "has shaped the hardcore hilarity into the summer party movie of all our twisted dreams."