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Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham

Stu: You are literally too stupid to insult.
Alan: Thank you.

A group of friends take their buddy Doug (Bartha) to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, but after mistakenly taking “roofies”, they wake up the next morning with no memory of what happened to them the night before.  With Doug missing, the 3 friends embark on a journey to figure out what happened to them and to find Doug before he misses his wedding.

Even if it’s not consistently funny all the way throughout, this might be the funniest movie from 2009.  I could have done without Ken Jeong, and I would definitely have liked to see fewer shots of Zach Galifianakis without pants.  A lot fewer.

I think the thing I liked most about the movie was the way they built the comedy around a fun story about solving the mystery of what exactly the characters went through the previous night.  We’re presented with a lot of bizarre clues as to what may have occurred, and we have to wait until the characters find answers before we get answers of our own.

I’m not usually an Ed Helms fan, but he’s good here, as are Galifianakis and Cooper.  They have a good dynamic together, and I was glad they weren’t split up into their own separate story lines as is often the case in movies like this.  Their chemistry keeps the movie rolling at a good pace when it could easily get bogged down in all of the other characters that pop up, like Jeong’s annoying Mr. Chow and Mike Tyson as himself.

It still becomes a little overcomplicated and unbelievable at times, but that’s forgivable in a silly comedy.  That is, as long as it’s funny.

What happens in Vegas…can be pretty awful.

10 – 1 for a few unfunny patches – .8 for a few over the top moments = 8.2