dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


‘The Hangover’
Directed by Todd Phillips
Rated R, 100 mins.

Arguably the funniest movie of 2009, “The Hangover” finally makes it way to DVD. With a fairly unknown cast, “The Hangover” plowed through theaters this summer more ferociously than Mike Tyson’s left hook. Four guys (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) head to Vegas for a bachelor party. The next morning, the groom (Bartha) is missing. The three friends backtrack through Sin City to find their pal and get him home in time for his impending nuptials. Throughout the journey they find a baby, a tiger, discover one of them is a newlywed and have a naked Asian crimelord (Ken Jeong) trapped in their trunk. “The Hangover” has already become a classic and will have you laughing a lot, especially when the ending credits roll. CV


‘Old School’
Directed by Todd Phillips
2003, Rated R, 92 mins.

Director Todd Phillips (“Road Trip”) knows how to make a buddy comedy, so it was no surprise he directed “The Hangover.” But long before he invaded Vegas, he took over the campus of fictional Harrison University with “Old School.” Mitch (Luke Wilson) finds his love life has gone in a different direction and moves into a new house close to the college campus. His friends, Bernard (Vince Vaughan) and Frank “The Tank” (Will Ferrell), convince him to throw a party, which is a huge success, and they start a fraternity. The recruitment process is a riot and really anything Ferrell does — including streaking, a mishap with a stun gun and a floor routine — is tear-inducing funny. “Old School” is easily one of the funniest films of the decade. “You’re my boy, Blue! You’re my boy.” CV


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