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Critic's Pick: 'The Hangover'

July 02, 2009|Betsy Sharkey

Yes, there are enough impure thoughts in director Todd Phillips' dastardly black comedy to put you into a confessional for years, whether you're Catholic or not. Still, in the realm of guilty pleasures, it's hard to beat the brilliant perversion of "The Hangover" for pure fun. After a bachelor party at its drunken worst, we follow the groom's buddies through the rough ride of the morning after, when those splitting headaches prove to be the least of their problems. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and an especially funny Zach Galifianakis are the intrepid trio trying to reconstruct their night in hopes of locating the groom. A baby, a tiger, a chicken, a tooth and Mike Tyson are just a few of the clues they'll stumble over along this very messy trail. But go, have fun with it. They certainly did.

-- Betsy Sharkey

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