Viewed – 12 March 2010 Blu-ray
Heard some good things about this one, and the trailer was great… a group of friends wake up after a bachelor party in Las Vegas only to discover they can’t remember anything from the previous night, and to top it all, they have lost the groom. So begins a frantic quest to retrace their steps and figure out just what happened before it’s too late. With the clock ticking, a wedding to turn up to in one piece, the three friends discover alarming event after alarming event and this viewer was smiling and laughing all the way through.
Bradley Cooper leads the band of merry idiots, one a straight-laced dentist, the other a nerdy guy with a beard, and himself a school teacher, and despite some outrageous situations, I found myself totally believing in these likable characters. The comedy is not laid on too thick (and thankfully doesn’t rely on tiolet humour), and it isn’t laugh out loud funny, but it remains very entertaining, vibrant stuff, even if at some points I was left wondering exactly how they got into particular situations in the first place which isn’t fully explained. Heather Graham is woefully under-used as a stripper who gets caught up in proceedings, and support characters are reduced to stereotypes such as the asian gangsters – yet we also have some spot on movie referrences and a concept that does at least keep you guessing. As ever with movies set in sin city, this is a treat for the eyes, especially on Blu-ray where the HD visuals really jump out of the screen, and the soundtrack is fun if not particularly memorable. I must also say a cameo from Mike Tyson is priceless.
So if you’re after a fun, undemanding but likable comedy – this will do the job perfectly.
Verdict: 4 /5