Waking up to the mother of all messes in The Hangover

Waking up to the mother of all messes in The Hangover

Waking up to the mother of all messes in The Hangover

Film history is littered with examples of wild parties and events that started with the best of intentions but got way out of hand.

In the 2009 comedy, The Hangover, a group of three friends have to deal with the fallout of a single night in Las Vegas. We never see what takes place on the night in question, just the aftermath, including a hotel room that has been turned upside down and populated with wild animals. 

The morning after the night before.

The film follows the characters of Phil, Stu and Alan, a group of buddies who visit Vegas for their friend Doug’s bachelor party, or stag night, in British parlance.

After the quartet raise a toast to “a night the four of us will never forget”, the camera pans up to show Las Vegas at night, before fading to a shot of the group’s hotel room the following day. 

It’s a scene of absolute carnage, with champagne bottles and glasses strewn everywhere, inflatable animals in the bath, a broken television hanging off the wall, and even a chicken wandering around.

Stu is the first to wake up, slowly peeling his face off the floor and putting on his glasses to survey the chaos, before slumping onto a chair.

Alan emerges next, stumbling over piles of rubbish and shambling to the bathroom, where he comes face to face with a full-size tiger. He screams and runs out of the room, tripping over Phil, the last one to wake up and behold the chaos around him.

Things only get worse from there, with Stu discovering he has lost a tooth and the whole group realising that Doug is nowhere to be seen. Then, they hear a sound that really terrifies them: a crying baby.


A surprise success

This setup and the chain of bizarre events that follow helped The Hangover to become a huge success, with critics and audiences alike.

The film made $467 million at the global box office, making it the tenth-highest-grossing movie of 2009. It also received the Golden Globe Award for best musical or comedy of the year.

Two sequels followed, but neither quite matched up to the film that started the franchise, possibly due to just how fresh and surprising the concept felt in the very first movie.

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Posted by: Becky Cheall