Sunday, June 21, 2009

Did You Get The Liscense Plate Of That Truck?

That's what my wife said in Mexico on our honeymoon. She was referring to the incredible hangover we both had. I thought that was pretty funny of her to say that. You see, I like to laugh. I look for opportunities to laugh. I make it a point to laugh every single day. It's why I maintain a youthful glow and why my skin is silky smooth. I have the pleasure of working with funny people. And shooting funny commercials (that may be up for debate by some). So I wouldn't say that I'm adverse to laughing. Not at all.

But I didn't laugh that much in The Hangover. Like usual, I found the funniest bits to be in the trailer. I still found myself laughing during some of those scenes, which I guess is a testament to their funny-ness. And so I feel guilty because The Hangover was described to me as an "instant classic" and "should be seen if you like to be sore from laughing so hard."

And before everyone tells me I have a stick up my ass, let me say that I thought that it wasn't a terrible movie. I'm not angry I saw it. I don't want my money back. I found it to be a fun movie, just not a very funny movie. But I think the premise is brilliant. And Heather Graham still has the face of an angel and the body of Roller Girl.

But truth to tell, the funniest part of the movie is the photos of the trip that run during the ending credits. Someone betting a dentist that he can't pull out one of his own teeth, and then the dentist showing that person he can. Now that's funny.


Garrett said...

I liked it, my favorite parts were the car ride into Vegas, the speech on the roof, and then of course the photos at the end. They caught me off guard, but i guess thats the point.

Joseph B. said...

I'm not sure what I expected from this movie, but I felt the same way you did,Piper. The opening scene- the cell phone call from the side of the road- was very well done and sets up some pretty tasty, dark humor...possibly, Then it all goes for the obvious. And I guess I'm one of the few who thought the movie would've been a lot better if they HADN'T shown the closing credit photos and left us hanging onto our imagination. Then again, I guess I can't expect cerebral art-house characteristics to a mainstream comedy!

Jess said...

I agree. The dentist thing was the best. It was funny, but I didn't laugh very hard. I really wanted to love it, but it was just okay. Ken Jeong was really funny, but it didn't make much sense.

Moviezzz said...

Just today, someone said to me "So, what did you think of THE HANGOVER?"

"Uh, I didn't see it."

"Why not? Everyone is supposed to like it."

"Yeah, but I'm not a fan of the director."

"What else did he make?"

"OLD SCHOOL, STARSKY AND HUTCH" (I didn't even get to mention ROAD TRIP and its plagiarism or SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS)

"Well, that's a stupid reason not to see it."

Just when I thought I had to go out and see it, I read this.

Thank you Piper.

PIPER said...


I didn't want this to be another Very Bad Things. That was pretty damn dark. I guess I was just expecting it to be funny. I recently saw Role Models and that is a very funny movie. I thought this might be more of the same. But for all its strangeness (Tiger in the bathroom, Tyson in the room) it seemed very mainstream to me.

And you make a good point about the photos at the end. I didn't really think about that until you brought it up. What I hated was the set-up to it. It was so... set-up. The guy saying that he found the camera and that they were going to look at the photos and then delete them.

I guess I didn't need to the see the photos. It was just the photos that made me laugh the hardest.

PIPER said...


I just discovered that Ken is a real life doctor who got into improv later in his life. Pretty wild stuff. Again, I thought he was much funnier in Role Models.


I'm not a real Old School fan either. But I need to see that again before I truly weigh in on it. But Starsky and Hutch is basic comedy. It's not like he's a comedic genius. And contrary to what your friend says, a directors reputation is absolutely a reason to go or not go to a film. But obviously that friend doesn't think about it as much as you do. Or I do.

Anonymous said...



Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

Piper, I'm kicking you out of my wolfpack.

Fletch said...

Damnit Piper...will you see the next one of these watercooler movies BEFORE the hype goes and ruins it for you? This being late to the party thing just makes you appear to be the town grump, even though we know that's not the case.

But seriously, I loved it and will still highly recommend it.

PIPER said...


I agree. It seems that hype is killing some of this stuff for me.

And it's not like I go in with an attitude like "so you think you're funny huh? Well, I'll be the judge."

My wife agreed with me, if that means anything.

But I know I'm in the minority on this thing and I've taken several lumps for my opinion on and off this blog. I still think the premise is brilliant and like I said, it's a fun movie.

Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

Like I said, you're out of my damn wolfpack.

PIPER said...


I've heard about the initiation practices with your Wolf Pack and I want no part of that.