This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 8:
8) The Hangover (4 votes, 201 points)
What if Doug’s dead? I can’t afford to lose somebody close to me again, it hurts too much. I was so upset when my grandpa died.
How’d he die?
World War II.
Died in battle?
No, he was skiing in Vermont, it was just during World War II.
Chris: For some movies on this list, we’ve talked about how they overperformed relative to expectations. Many started out with a small budget, a couple million dollars perhaps, and then made tens of millions as word of mouth and popularity spread.
The Hangover was also like that, except on crack.
Filmed over the span of a couple weeks for $35 million, The Hangover exploded, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year and raking in a cool half-billion dollars internationally. And that success is even more of a rarity considering it was a rated-R comedy — only Beverly Hills Cop 25 years earlier had reached those kind of numbers.
From start to finish this is a wild ride that never stops being funny along the way. The cast seems to be having a blast, and word is they legitimately grew to like each other over the course of filming. It shows. The banter and interplay between the main characters is top-notch. Oh, and did you know Mike Tyson had a notable cameo? Of course you did. He’s great.
All of this is a long-winded way of saying that it’s understandable why a lot of people love this movie. I was one of them, until the two sequels came out and followed an almost identical formula. However, I’m still one of the four people who voted for this, because the original movie is great — and if I disqualified films for having shitty sequels, what would I do about Mulan 2?
Cary: I so wish that I had never see The Hangover II, because it completely colored everything I thought about the first movie. Still, I’ll always have the tiger, Mike Tyson, and naked Ken Jeong in the trunk of a car. Plus, it bears mentioning that The Hangover is an excellent example of what could be the extreme aftermath of a stoner movie. And Ed Helms is the best at freaking out in the most serene way possible.
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