THE HANGOVER—Todd Phillips’s Frat Pack comedies (Road Trip, Old School), have always suffered from a certain narrative patchiness, but the tight script for this tale of the aftermath of a raucous bachelor party might be his strongest film yet. It’s certainly the most entertaining R-rated film of 2009 so far, with NC native Zach Galifianakis walking away with the film as socially-maladjusted Alan, whose random one-liners contain a weird combination of innocence and scariness. A great deal of the fun comes from the surprises, many of which have been revealed in the ad campaigns and trailers, so it’s hard to say how well this will play up in repeat viewings. It is worth mentioning that the subject of a four-star documentary also playing in the Triangle gives his second-best performance this summer. And make sure you stick around for the credits. Rated R. —ZS

Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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