Coming up with the winner of the title of funniest movie of 2009 was far easier than such a comparison has been in previous years. That's not to say there was a lack of funny movies this year. Films like Zombieland, I Love You, Man and Bruno all had more than their fair share of laughs. However, none of these comedy films could hold a candle to The Hangover when it came to delivering the humor.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha The Hangover is a classic buddy movie about three friends (well two friends, and a soon-to-be brother-in-law) who take their buddy Doug to Vegas for one last bachelor blowout before he gets married. However, the fun gets a little out of control and the trio passes out and when they wake up they have no memory of what happened the night before. To make matters worse the groom-to-be is missing, and they have no idea what has happened to him.
From that point forward the three try and retrace the even ts of the previous night in order to try and figure where and when they lost their buddy. Obviously I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen the movie, but suffice it to say the trio have plenty of misadventures along the way, and unlike most comedy movies that start out strong, only to fade in the middle, this film keeps the laughs coming right up until the end credits role.
As you can see by the general plot of the movie, Justin Bartha, who plays the groom, actually has very little screen time. Bradley Cooper from Wedding Crashers and Ed Helms of NBC's The Office are both hilarious as nearly polar opposites who clash continually during the hunt for their missing friend. However, it is Zach Galifianakis, who plays Doug's future brother-in-law, who really steals the show. Beyond stupid, Galifianakis's character Alan is a constant annoyance to his fellow groomsmen throughout the film, constantly making bad decisions and a sking ridiculous (though very amusing) questions the whole time.
If you are in the mood for a laugh-out-loud comedy and you haven't seen The Hangover then you definitely need to check it out when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray December 15th. And make sure you don't turn off the player before the end credits role. There is some bonus footage that is just as funny as the rest of the film.