Jenn - Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
There are all kinds of movies out there, but sometimes we just need those stupid, crazy, make-no-sense movies. You know the ones. They just make you laugh and laugh even though you’re probably just as confused as the actors were in the role. This movie is no different, and that’s "The Hangover". Guy getting married so his buddies take him to Las Vegas to have a bachelor party to remember. Well the thing is though they don’t remember it. Not one bit. Turns out they were roofied, and by one of their own party who thought the drug was ecstasy. Crazy, right? Well yes and it only gets crazier because basically this whole movie is them trying to remember the night before, and to find what they misplaced. What exactly was that, well you need to check out the movie and find out. Now, there's also two more chapters to these movies. The second one was alright, but really it was like the first movie all over again, just in a different place. The third movie, well let’s just say not a fan but who knows we’re all different so just you may enjoy it. Need a laugh or feeling down? Then check out "The Hangover" because it might just give you the pick up that you need.
Dave - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
Every now and then a new film comes along and surprises everyone. No hype before its release. No huge names to draw attention to it. Well, not at the time anyway. Once "The Hangover" became a huge success, everyone knew the stars by name. It was the perfect alignment. The script, the cast, the timing. Everything lined up and took the world by storm. But then (queue dramatic THS theme) things were about to take a dark turn.
Some things are better left alone. Just because a movie is a hit, doesn't mean you need a sequel. "The Hangover" is a perfect example. What should have been a one-off perfect story became tarnished by Hollywood greed. Everyone knows the story of the original by now. Party. Knocked out. Can't remember what happened. Lost their friend somewhere along the way. Have to find him. Etc. The movie is absolutely brilliant but really should have been left alone. Unfortunately, you know how Hollywood operates. After it made nearly $500 million on a $35 million budget, they wanted to milk that cash cow for all it was worth. That led to me coining a new term-- "The Hangover Syndrome".
The Hangover Syndrome is when you want a sequel but have no original ideas left so you throw everything that people loved about the first one into a new movie hoping they either won't notice or won't care. I think that was the main mistake this sequel made. Yes, it made money. It actually made more than the original but that doesn't mean it was better. It just means the original got more popular after its initial theatrical release and that led to more people flocking to the theater for this one. You could have just had the same guys and a different kind of plot and see how that went. They learned that lesson with the negative feedback from this one and went in a different direction for "The Hangover Part III" to round off the trilogy. Still a success, it made 3 times the budget but also received a ton of negative feedback. Its a Catch-22. If you keep things the same, the fans don't like it because its the same story. If you change things, they don't like it because its different. Instead of this one starting with our gang waking up, not remembering anything, it ends that way in a mid-credits scene. Luckily, there was no "Hangover 4" to try to explain what happened to them this time around.
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