A Night to Forget

In The Hangover, gags rule

Galifianakis, Cooper and Helms try to survive the morning after.

The bromance--that thriving genre of the male-bonding comedy--expands geometrically and devolves predictably in The Hangover, a buddy farce designed to attract the lonely teen boys who think they're too cool for a Will Ferrell dinosaur movie. Taking the multiple-amnesia theme from the 2006 melodrama Unknown and referencing about a dozen movies set in Las Vegas, it revels in the hectic display of rude elements (sexual and ethnic stereotyping, pedophile gags, inappropriate people with their pants off) that have made the form as rigid in its conventions as Kabuki theater.

Four guys--the groom (Justin Bartha), his fiancée's oddball brother (Zach Galifianakis), a...

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