2009-07-03 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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'The Hangover' - Lost Weekend

The arrested-development-male movie has once again proved to be box office gold, with "The Hangover" hauling in $105.4 million to remain number one for the second straight weekend. Recession be damned!

Following in the footsteps of such men-behaving-badly hits as "The 40- Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Wedding Crashers," "The Hangover" is helmed by animal-house expert Todd Phillips ("Old School," "Road Trip") and scripted by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"). As you can see, the partyhearty pedigree is in place.

The comic setup is not new and done far better in "Sideways." It involves a bachelor party weekend which goes awry. Doug (Justin Bartha) is convinced to go to Las Vegas by and with his buddies, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Without witnessing the wild night, cut to the morning after as the bad boys awake in their ransacked suite. Suffering from drug-induced amnesia (courtesy of a "mickey" supplied by Alan), they have no memory of a why single dentist Stu is minus a tooth and sporting a wedding ring, Phil wears a hospital bracelet, a baby is crying in the closet and a tiger is growling in the bathroom.

Oh yeah. Groom-to-be Doug is missing.

Since the wedding is only hours away, the three stooges have a lot of explaining to do and little time to do it. The rest of the movie is spent picking up the pieces and trying to locate Doug. Along the way, they are tasered by schoolchildren at a police station, attacked by a lisping naked Asian gangster and punched (Alan only) by boxing champ Mike Tyson himself.

Do we ever discover what happened last night? No, not really.

Do we care? No, not really.

Are we amused? Apparently. Hence, the $105.4 million two-week haul at the box office.

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