One of the funniest movies I have ever watched are from the Hangover Movie Series. Every movie (all three of them) contains funny scenes and events that keep you laughing.
Yet, each movie conveys 4 life lessons as well so here’s what I observed (spoiler alert!):
- True friendship stands above all
Being good friends, they go through the struggle together and find ways out of the messy situation they get into. Though Alan is not really a responsible friend to them, he cares about them and especially about Phil. I think Alan just looks up to Phil as the smart guy. Alan calls them the “wolf pack.”
Mr. Chow saves the lives of each of them saying, “Since one of you was a friend,” meaning that Alan’s friendship to him meant him enough that he cared to save the lives of all of them from Marshall, the gangster whose gold Mr. Chow had stolen.
A close reflection upon the movie’s story and events reveals the friendship theme. Viewers can surely appreciate and identify with the idea of true friendship among old friends.
2. Deeper Self-Reflection and Character Shift
In Hangover 2, by having the Thailand setting and by their visit to the Buddhist monastery they all end up meditating. The main monk there even tells them how when they were drunk they climbed the walls of the monastery and asked questions about the purpose of life.
By having the crazy, accidental adventure and by spending a night with the transgender Thai prostitute that there “is a demon in me” (though Alan adding the hilarious twist adds, “It’s true, he’s got Semen in him.”) Stu also gains confidence to finally stand up to his mean, arrogant father-in-law.
3. Time to mature
In Hangover 3, the fact that Alan finds the girl he ends up marrying and thereby significantly maturing shows that people need a reason to grow up in life. He becomes mature enough to even tell Mr. Leslie Chow, “Bad things happen when we meet,” and thereby puts an end to their friendship.
For many people it can be getting older itself and for others it can be a job or the person they fall in love with. Though a real life Alan would not mature simply by marrying another person, in the movie the interaction between Alan and that girl was definitely interesting and funny.
4. No Regrets or Do Regret?
The wolf pack keeps getting in trouble and the guys refuse to learn the lesson that being together (and drunk!) means a lot of trouble. The trouble started in Hangover 1 and went all the way to Hangover 3. Though those guys are no longer in their teens or even twenties they end up doing getting drunk and doing crazy, stupid things. They follow the motto of No Regrets.
Despite getting in trouble, Stu refuses to find better friends. He is shown to be the stable guy among the three of them (the fourth guy is not significant in movie – I forgot his name for a good reason). However he gets into trouble every time he is with his friends. Of course in the movie the whole point is to let the guys end up in crazy, messed up situations so that the audience enjoys watching a funny movie but in real life if this happens to someone again and again then it’s a different story.
I think many people in real life also refuse to give up their older contacts and thus are unable to change themselves or become mature adult. Stu is just not confident enough to leave those friends and find better ones. Seriously pondering the story of the movie would leave one wondering why would anyone not give up their old friends. The motto of No Regrets can be pretty regrettable as it can be the excuse why some people don’t grow up and don’t change themselves. No regrets means no reflection and no self-review. Thus no change, no betterment.
The Hangover movie 1-3 are surely the funniest movies to watch. There is adventure, action, funny, witty dialogues packed with an interesting story line. It is said that the movie’s prodcer had a Hanogver 1 like groom-goes-missing story and that is what inspired the movie’s idea.