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Online Casino News - June, 2009

The Hangover is a Gambling Movie for the Funny at Heart


  Seed Newsvine

by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

June 11, 2009

Note: This is a review of The Hangover. There are no spoilers.

It's not a movie for everybody, but I dare say it's a movie for most people who have a good sense of humor. And judging by its opening weekend box office numbers ($45 million) and continued success in theatres, I dare say the seemingly silly and inconsequential flick, The Hangover,  has become a major box office hit and one of the funniest movies of all time.

Okay, we'll just have to wait and see how that last prediction pans out; but, the fact remains that The Hangover is jaw-dropping funning with just enough heart to make it a classic. Oh, and did I mention it is set in Las Vegas and has a couple of casino scenes? Good enough to be classified as a gambling movie here at Online Casino Suite, The Hangover is a great treat for anyone who has been to Las Vegas before, and definitely for anyone who is frequenting the Strip right now!

One of the taglines for the movie is "Some guys just can't handle Vegas". But in actuality, the guys in this film (portrayed by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and the hilarious Zach Galifianakis) just can't handle a lot of things.

When I sat down in the theatre to watch The Hangover, I have to admit I was a little worried about it being another Old School (the same director, Todd Phillips, did both films), complete with frat-style partying, drinking and grown men acting half their age. But fitting to the title, The Hangover is pretty much about a hangover. And not just any hangover - we're talking about the hangover. This movie - written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore - is also about taking responsibility, staying true to the one you love and even finding love.

The other great thing about this film is the element of mystery presented as our protagonists (along with the viewers) try to figure out what happened the night before. The opening of the film brings the odd bunch to Las Vegas to celebrate the bachelor party of Doug Billings (played by Bartha), who will be getting married in just two days. Indeed, having a bachelor party just two days before the big event is not a good idea...at all. Cut to the next morning, and as you might expect, the aftermath is pretty ugly. However, nobody could predict just how bad it gets in The Hangover.

Since I personally love to watch movies without much prior knowledge of what takes place, I'll leave it at that. Let me just say that there are some great scenes shot in the Caesar's Palace Casino and hotel. There is also a hilarious nod to the movie Rain Man, when Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman hit up the casino to score it big at the blackjack table. While that scene alone was worth the movie ticket, there is so much more The Hangover has to offer.



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