A New Millennium Hit Comedy: 'The Hangover'

This week's Motion Picks winner for the new millennium hit comedy goes to director Todd Phillips' 2009 classic "The Hangover."

By Jesse Conner

A New Millennium Hit Comedy: "The Hangover"

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Thanks to everyone who voted on Motion Picks (available in the Noovie Trivia app), our winner for the new millennium hit comedy goes to "The Hangover."

The Hangover

Comedy / 2009 / R

Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. In fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing; nor can they find Doug. With little time to spare, the three hazy pals try to re-trace their steps and find Doug so they can get him back to Los Angeles in time to walk down the aisle.

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From all of the given choices, we would also choose "The Hangover" as the best new millennium hit comedy. A group of friends travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. They wake up with a tiger, a baby, a missing groom, and a massive hangover. Of course you're going to want to stick around to find out what the heck happened. Stick around through the end credits, too. It's worth it.

This is a somewhat relatable film in certain respects, and at the same time completely unrelatable. For example, could we see ourselves having a few too many drinks and possibly going to the bathroom somewhere we shouldn’t? Sure, definitely possible. Could we see ourselves getting drunk, stealing a cop car, driving it to professional boxer Mike Tyson's house, and nabbing one of his tigers? Um, no.

Suffice to say, this semi-drunk scavenger hunt is and will always be a testament to the phrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Stays in Vegas, and on screen.

"The Hangover" launched the movie careers of stars Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper. It also solidified the A-list status of director Todd Phillips. Two "Hangover" sequels followed. Lots of imitations appeared in its wake. A decade plus later, it's still the millenium hit comedy to beat.

For those that might not agree with the pick, or maybe you just want to have a voice in our next decision, go to Motion Picks and vote for your favorites (and play lots of trivia) by downloading our Noovie Trivia App.

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