Feb 282012

Notice the chicken.

I bet you didn’t think you’d see this one on the list, did you? But I do wish I’d written it because The Hangover brilliantly combines three different genres. It’s base layer is a “friend in trouble” movie, but it’s frosted with a “party movie”, and sprinkled on top is a “detective story,” and each part is stuffed full of some of the zaniest little bits I’ve ever seen in a movie. The tiger in the bathroom, the baby in the drawer, and the random chickens were my favorites, perhaps the chickens most of all because they are never explained. There’s just random chickens wandering around the penthouse, and it’s really, really funny.

And then, as if all of that weren’t funny enough, there’s the song.  It’s called either “Doug’s Song” or “Stu’s Song,” and it’s the song song made me laugh harder than any scene in any movie, ever. Chickpastor and I must have watched that scene three times the first time we saw the movie, and each time I needed to pause in between to breathe. Click here to watch it on YouTube.

“The Hangover” is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, and it brilliantly combines three different genres, and that’s why I wish I’d written it.


  1. Bill Coffin says:

    Agreed. The Hangover was the kind of movie that I thought was really not for me. But it’s not exalting the partying; its about living with consequences. In an age where Las Vegas is banking its entire local economy on that odious “what happens here, stays here” mantra, the Hangover hilariously skewers the fantasy of a night of reckless abandon. Eventually, there is the morning after. There is a morning after to everything, really.

    As for the random chickens, Roger Ebert also went off about how hilarious they are. And they are pretty freaking funny. Personally, my favorite unexplained detail is in the beginning, when we see, in the background, a plasma screen TV with a samurai sword sticking out of it. Instant classic.