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UK Film Review: The Hangover

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Directed by: Todd Phillips

The Hangover (2009) is hilarious. The Vegas bachelor party gone wrong premise is nothing new, but the story itself progresses so fast and with so many witty one-liners that the crowd of boozy lads this film is clearly aiming at should have a cracking time.

Costume (by Louise Mingenbach) plays a big part in The Hangover. The gang: groom Doug (Justin Bartha), best mates Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), and the groom’s impending brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis), assemble themselves – suited and booted – for a spectacular night out. The way all guys do.

Phil drops his pink lens Aviator’s to don a sharp black suit with open-neck black silk shirt, Doug a black suit with open-neck white shirt, Stu a simple cotton polo and light coloured slacks, and Alan a tiny sunset print tee and tight white pants with grubby sneakers and manbag.

“You’re kidding?” blasts Phil as he spots what Alan is wearing. To Phil, Alan is deranged for even thinking of setting foot on the casino floor in anything less than a suit. In his eyes you have to get dressed up to get wasted.

Eventually though, when this whacked out quartet surface the next day in a puddle of vomit and warm champagne, their specially prepared clothes have disintegrated as fast as their situation; Phil spends the rest of the movie accumulating blood on his shirt like a macabre keepsake. When all comes good in the closing moments and a rent-a-tux van (genius) pings emergency supplies at the guys across a busy freeway, their lives can start over. It’s the ritual: new shirt, new day.

With comedy gold moments such as intoxicated Phil dry-humping a tiger, Stu berating his harpy of a fiancé, and a lounge version of 50 Cent’s ‘Candy shop’ that should be sung at every wedding ever, The Hangover obeys the first rule of comedy: to make you laugh. Thankfully it also finds room for interesting, very likable, perfectly played characters who are easy to relate to and deep down decent enough to care about.

There is not a drop of sentiment here however. Unless you consider Alan slicing open his palm in a vain attempt to integrate the gang as ‘blood brothers’ sentimental? Though his wolf pack speech is actually rather sweet, in a lonely-man-on-the -verge-of-a-breakdown kind of way. Best not to question exactly why Alan is banned from being anywhere near a school either.

The Hangover is sharp, side-splittingly funny and sure to become one of the top ten guy movies of all time. If only real hangovers were this much fun.

© 2009 – 2014, Lord Christopher Laverty.

  • Osmond

    What designer made the black on black suit Bradley Cooper was wearing in the movie? Thanks

  • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

    Bradley’s Cooper’s suit is from J. Lindeberg. Lookout for a detailed costume rundown when the film hits DVD in December.

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  • EZ

    Does anybody know what suits the groomsmen wore at the wedding at the end?

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Their dinner suits were by Hugo Boss.

  • EZ

    You dont happen to know which particular Hugo Boss suit do you? (I’m looking to replicate at a wedding)
    Cheers

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Boss dinner suits (or tuxedos if you’re American) come in three or one button. Those used in the film were one button; a single breasted jacket with peaked lapels, worn with white double cuff shirt and black silk necktie (not a bow) in a Windsor knot.

      THIS would be what you are looking for, the Boss Black ‘Cary Grant’ tuxedo.

  • EZ

    Thanks heaps Chris, much appreciated

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Glad to help. Hope you enjoy the wedding.

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  • Brent

    Do you have a link to the black suit Bradley Cooper wore in Vegas? I couldn’t find it on J. Lindeberg’s website.

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      I don’t have a link to the exact suit I’m afraid as it would have been from the previous season. It’s a black SB tone on tone – and, you’re right, looking on the site there is not a comparable style currently available. The Mick Dressed wool blazer is certainly a similar cut though.

  • CJ

    Which is the blue shirt which bradley cooper wears??

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      The blue shirt Bradley wears throughout most of the movie is by a company called ‘Organic’. It was modified by removing all of the external pockets.

  • Vivian

    Hi, what is SB tone on tone? You mention it with regards to Bradley Cooper’s J. Lindeberg suit he wore in Hangover. Thanks!

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      The SB stands for ‘single breasted’ and tone on tone refers to two shades of the same colour on the same piece of fabric (in this case black). It adds texture.

      You can read more about the clothes from The Hangover with exclusive insight from costume designer Louise Mingenbach HERE.

  • Vivian

    Thanks Chris! That helps me a lot!!! :) You wouldn’t by chance to happen to know what material was used for the J. Lindeberg Suit that Bradley Cooper wore? Trying to get one custom made in Japan and need to know the type of material to go buy. Anymore information you could give me would be awesome!!

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      I don’t know exactly, I’m afraid. I could ask the costume designer but it will likely take a while to get a response. My best guess would be something like a lightweight virgin wool – that should work out fine for you.

      Hope that’s some help.

  • Vivian

    Well, if you can ask that would be fantastic!! I can wait, but the information on the lightweight virgin wool works too!! Again thanks, you’re the bomb!! :)

  • John

    hi,

    i’ve been trying for ages to find out about the blue suits worn at the las vegas wedding. i’m getting married this september and really want to wear this suit, looks totally awesome!

    whilst most people consider them “hideous” i guess it takes all sorts :) could you tell me where they hired them from?

    thanks,
    john

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Try looking through THIS article where I interviewed costume designer for The Hangover, Louise Mingenbach. She clearly had a fun time putting together the guys’ distinctive looks.

      I was under the impression from Louise that the wedding chapel used in The Hangover was real, as supposedly the suits were hired along with the venue, but apparently it was purpose built on a back lot in Vegas for the movie.

      It shouldn’t be too difficult to track down those lovely suits for rental though. For example, THIS company has some great ones. Must say I’m keen on ‘Vintage Rust’ myself.

  • Andi Nivo

    Do you know the brand of sneakers Alan was wearing ??

    Thanks, Andi.

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      All the information I gleaned from costume deginer Louise Mingenbach is in THIS article. If enough new questions come up, I’ll contact her again for some answers.

  • Dirtybyrd

    Chris is there any chance you can tell me the maker of the black and copper shirt worn by Bradley cooper toward the end of the movie….. From the scene at the casino with Jack… to the drive back to the LA to go to the wedding

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      I never did note that one. Hmm, I’ll try to find out for you.

  • d

    What type of Saucony shoes does alan wear