Friday, July 17, 2009

The Hangover - A Movie Review!

Last night I stepped out for dinner and a movie. The dinner part was easy. We decided to try a a restaurant near the movie theater so we picked RockSugar in Century City. RockSugar, which takes its name from an essential ingredient used by Asian chefs is a new place. I believe it just opened last month. I think they're owned by the Cheesecake factory folks, but don't let that deter you. The food was pretty good and the service was exceptional. And It didn't really have that food chain feeling. RockSugar prides itself on it's mixture of the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and India. Wow, that was a mouth full. Restaurateur, David Overton and Singapore-raised, chef Mohan Ismail have done a fine job putting all of these exotic tastes together and they have created a comfortable environment to dine. It's a nice place to go with a small group of people and order a variety of dishes. The dishes are served Asian family-style and are great for sharing and discussing. If you're slightly adventurous, I can assure you that there's something on the menu especially for you. If bold new tastes don't excite you, there's still something on the menu for you but you might want to try the food court upstairs instead. It'll be cheaper. By the way, if you make it to RockSugar, be sure to try the Holy Basil Vanilla Twist Martini. It's refreshing and on the list of Los Angeles' top 10 original drinks.

So anyway, after I loaded up on the Crispy Spring Rolls, Clay pot Beef, Grapefruit and Jicama Salad, Thai Noodles, and Wok fried Chinese Long Beans I was content. Fortunately, I didn't overdo it. Because then my pants would have been too tight and the upcoming laughing would have been painful. We were considering two movies to see: Bruno and The Hangover. It just so happened that the times for The Hangover worked out better for our dinner plans.

What a Wild Ride!

This movie is totally whacked! It adds new meaning to the cliche "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas." I got the impression that the writers of this movie sat around a room and continued to out do each other with wild perversion until they had a complete story. The interesting thing about the complete project is - It all fits. And the story is totally plausible. I found myself laughing at one of the characters, and then two, then three, four.......
Five..... Six.......etc., even the baby was funny! (Remember - I liked the movie Old School)

The movie was sick and unfair! I think it offended everyone equally. From a male perspective, I totally get it. I even got the Mike Tyson part. They made "Iron Mike" look rather soft and sensitive but at the same time lethal. You end up laughing so much you forget about all of his personal trials, troubles, and tribulations. Mike Epps has a small role. He's a funny guy. I'm not sure they used him to his full potential.

Suffice to say, if you're a man above 18 years old, I think you'll like the movie. I was in doubt at how the movie would sit with the female members of our group but they seemed to enjoy the movie as well. I think it confirmed in their heads that women are definitely the smarter sex!

Sure makes you look and think differently about Bachelor Parties and Las Vegas.

By the way, if you like this movie - Take a look at the movie - "Very Bad Things" - Different, but similar.


Tami said...

:o)). I went to see this last week with our visiting guests. I loved the movie! And, laughed all the way through. I was a little uncertain if I would enjoy it, but definitely recommend it if anyone is looking for light summer entertainment.

Heather Dugan ("Footsteps") said...

Haven't done a "grown-up" movie in a movie theater in... um... forever! I cherish my movie dates with my eleven year old but need to work in some PG-13s, maybe?
Restaurant sounds interesting. I love Asian and a good martini!

Heather Dugan ("Footsteps") said...

PAGING JANE TURLEY, PAGING JANE TURLEY: He appears to have disappeared again, my dear. Do you have time for another rescue/retrieval before your upcoming trip? I'd volunteer, but you're the one with the photogenic flowered bathing cap... I think it's up to you!

Jane Turley said...

Well Good Lord Heather - I've only just checked His Majesty's website and he's still not here! I can see that it is time to spur the delightful Mr I into action again as it appears he has either fallen into a deep jet-lagged coma or is sunning himself on the beaches in Hawaii again:)

Hmm.. I'm not sure that my flowery bathcap is an attractive enough proposition:(

I'm thinking maybe I should don my Search and Rescue Orange Sou'wester and matching hardhat(with floodlight) and launch a recovery operation. Or maybe just offer my services as a personal masseuse? Hmm...I wonder which would bring him out of the woodwork first.....

intrepidideas said...


Thanks for the endorsement and the comment. Glad you liked it.

intrepidideas said...


Thanks for the concern. Fear no more! I'm back. And just when we were going to see that flowered cap again. :)

Wow... Jane, you come with all of the tools of the trade. Little did we know you were so prepared. Gotta find out what else you have stowed in your tool-belt.

Thanks so much you two. You inspire me.

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