When I sat down to watch this I wasn't sure what to expect; of the main cast the only actor whose name I recognised was Bradley Cooper and that was because I'd seen him in the TV show 'Alias' which is hardly a comedy. The idea of a group of men going out for a stag night in Las Vegas led me to expect a fairly puerile story about what they got up to there; and while the actual film was fairly silly it was also pretty funny and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.
Most of the story is told in flashback after one of the group telephones the bride to be to let her know that they have lost the groom; the rest of the film follows their adventures as they look for clues as to what happened on that fateful night. This adventure will include a tiger in their bathroom, a missing tooth, one of them marrying a stripper, stealing police car, finding a naked Chinese man in their car's boot and a meeting with Mike Tyson. If that sounds fairly madcap it is because it is rather! Several scenes caused me to chuckle and some were laugh out loud funny; the scene where they were children got to shoot the group with stun guns was hysterically funny!
The acting was decent, Bradley Cooper shows that he can do comedy as well as drama, Zach Galifianakis was funny as the less than intelligent Alan and Ed Helms was good as the hen-pecked dentist Stu. While some of the jokes missed the mark it was funny enough to be worth watching so long as you don't mind the adult tone of some of the jokes and a fair amount of swearing.
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Angelenos Doug Billings and Tracy Garner are about to get married. Two days before the wedding, the four men in the wedding party - Doug, Doug's two best buddies Phil Wenneck and Stu Price, and Tracy's brother Alan Garner - hop into Tracy's father's beloved Mercedes convertible for a 24-hour stag party to Las Vegas. Phil, a married high school teacher, has the same maturity level as his students when he's with his pals. Stu, a dentist, is worried about everything, especially what his controlling girlfriend Melissa thinks. Because she disapproves of traditional male bonding rituals, Stu has to lie to her about the stag, he telling her that they are going on a wine tasting tour in the Napa Valley. Regardless, he intends on eventually marrying her, against the advice and wishes of his friends. And Alan seems to be unaware of what are considered the social graces of the western world. The morning after their arrival in Las Vegas, they awaken in their hotel suite each with the worst hangover. None remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles. And certain things are in the suite that shouldn't be, and certain things that should be in the suite are missing. Probably the most important in the latter category is Doug. As Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand, they go on a journey of discovery of how certain things got into the suite and what happened to the missing items. However they are on a race for time as if they can't find Doug in the next few hours, they are going to have to explain to Tracy why they are not yet back in Los Angeles. And even worse, they may not find Doug at all before the wedding.
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