Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Hangover

The Hangover


The Hangover (2009)


Celebrating his impending marriage to Tracy (Sasha Barrese), Doug (Justin Bartha) and his friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Tracy's brother Alan (Zach Galifianakis) travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, staying at Caesars Palace.
The following morning, Phil, Stu and Alan awaken to find they have no memory of the previous night and Doug is nowhere to be found. Stu is missing a tooth, their hotel suite is in disarray, a tiger is in their bathroom, and a baby is in the closet. They find Doug's mattress impaled on a statue outside of their hotel and when they ask for their Mercedes, the valet delivers a police cruiser.
Following clues to their steps, the trio travel to a hospital where they discover they were drugged with rohypnol, causing their memory loss, and that they came to the hospital from a chapel. At the chapel they learn that Stu married a stripper named Jade (Heather Graham) despite having a long-term but mean-spirited girlfriend, Melissa (Rachael Harris). Outside the chapel, the trio are attacked by gangsters claiming to be looking for someone. They escape and next visit Jade, finding her to be the mother of the baby. The police arrive and arrest the men for stealing the police car.
The police reveal that the Mercedes has been impounded and release the trio in exchange for their volunteering to be targets for a taser demonstration. While driving the Mercedes, they discover a naked man in the trunk, who attacks them with a crowbar before running away. Alan admits to being responsible for drugging their drinks to ensure they had a good night, believing them to be Ecstacy.
Returning to their villa, they find Mike Tyson, who orders the trio to return the tiger to his mansion immediately. Stu drugs the tiger with the remaining roofies and they drive towards Tyson's home in the Mercedes, but the tiger awakens and attacks them, ravaging the car's interior. After pushing the car the rest of the way to avoid the tiger, Tyson shows the trio footage of them stealing the tiger to help them locate Doug. While driving, their car is struck by another vehicle intentionally; the passengers are revealed to be the gangsters from the chapel and their boss, Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) - the naked man from their trunk - who accuses the trio of stealing $80,000 of his money and kidnapping him. Chow claims to have their "friend" and threatens to kill him unless his $80,000 is returned. Unaware of the location of Chow's $80,000, Alan, with help from Stu and Jade, uses his knowledge of card counting to win $82,400 playing Blackjack. They meet with Chow, exchanging the money for their "friend" only to learn that is the wrong Doug (Mike Epps), the drug dealer who mistakenly sold Alan the roofies.
With the wedding occurring in hours, Phil calls Tracy to admit they cannot find Doug. Following a conversation with "Black Doug", Stu realizes where Doug is. The trio travel back to their hotel where they find Doug on the roof, moved there on his mattress while he was asleep, as a prank by Stu, Phil and Alan. Before leaving, Stu makes arrangements to meet with Jade the following week to pursue a relationship. With less than four hours before the wedding and with no flights available, the four friends race home, with Doug revealing he has possession of Chow's original $80,000. They arrive late to the wedding but Doug and Tracy are married and Stu breaks up with Melissa. As the reception ends, Alan finds Stu's digital camera chronicling the events they cannot remember and the four agree to look at the pictures together once before erasing the evidence of their exploits.


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