'The Hangover' Turns 5 & Here's How The Wolfpack Impacted Our Vocabulary
On Thursday the hugely successful comedy that spawned two sequels and a thousand bearded Halloween costumes — The Hangover — turns five-years-old. Yes, The Hangover is older than poor little baby Carlos now. The comedy, which was released on June 5, 2009, was a runaway box office summer smash. Thanks to strong word of mouth and the approval of critics, The Hangover went on to earn $277 million at the U.S. box office alone. (Though the follow-ups The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III, respectively, did not received the same amount of love from critics or moviegoers, the three films combined made $1.4 billion worldwide.) The movie also went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. No kidding!
So what was the big appeal of The Hangover, anyway? Well, it was a couple of very funny dudes doing and saying some pretty outrageous stuff in the aftermath of one very drunken night in Las Vegas. It kind of sells itself. Directed by Todd Phillips (who put his magic touch on college favorite movies like Old School and Road Trip) and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (who later gave us Mixology , for shame!) was an unapologetic, R-rated romp filled with memorable characters (including Mike Tyson) and the most important mark of a hit comedy: quotability. You either spent the entire summer of 2009 spouting out lines like "Not at the table, Carlos" and "I didn't know they gave out rings at the Holocaust," or you spent it listening to countless other people reciting them.
The Hangover not only gave moviegoers some pretty memorable lines, but it helped turn Zach Galifianakis into a household name and solidified Bradley Cooper's place as a leading man in Hollywood. In honor of the five-year anniversary of the debauchery fest that is The Hangover, let's raise our glasses to the wolfpack (one-man, or otherwise), and look back at how a movie featuring a nude Ken Jeong and a kidnapped tiger gave us a whole new dictionary. (Disclosure: we're choosing to leave out the roofies jokes and gay slurs because they weren't worth repeating in 2009 and they're not worth repeating now.)
Bradley Cooper: Why is he so good at playing such hot jerks, dammit?
Caesar's Palace: Home to the real Caesar(?)
Card counting: It's not illegal, it's just "frowned upon. Like masturbating on an airplane."
Carlos: The cutest, albeit most traumatized, misplaced baby there ever was. (Real name: Tyler.)
The Jonas Brothers: A pop group, but most notably, Alan's favorite pop group.
Ed Helms: The guy from The Office, loses a tooth, falls for Heather Graham.
Fat Jesus: An alternative name for Alan.
Justin Bartha: Spent pretty much the entire movie stuck on the roof. Also known as, the guy who missed out on all the fun.
Las Vegas: What happens there, stays there. "Except for herpes."
Mike Tyson: Cameo, tiger owner.
Mr. Chow: Villain played by Ken Jeong. See also: offensive, stereotype.
Satchel: Thanks to Alan, men everywhere finally learned that it's not a man "purse," it's a satchel and it's totally cool because Indiana Jones had one.
"Sig": Short for signal, something Alan could not get on his beeper.
Tiger Diets: "Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon." Who knew?
Tiger Dreams: Take it away, Stu.
Wolfpack: One can travel as a one-man wolfpack, especially if you are something of a loner. But, even if you are a loner, you might make some new friends and ask yourself, "Wait a second, could it be?" and before you know it you have a four-man wolfpack "running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine."
"Who Let The Dogs Out?": Who knew anyone could make this damn song tolerable? Who, who, who?
Zach Galifianakis: Before The Hangover, Zach Galifianakis belonged to hardcore comedy nerds. But the stand-up comedian stole the show in The Hangover thanks to his impeccable timing of those absurd one-liners, his wardrobe, and of course, that beard. We all still might never know how to spell his last name with Googling it first, but everybody knows who he is, and that's all thanks to his star-making turn as Alan.