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THE HANGOVER

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The bachelor party is a time-honored tradition. Every weekend across the country, countless men on the brink of their wedding dates are taken out by a select few of their best buddies for a symbolic last hurrah. "Just a few friends getting together,” says director Todd Phillips casually, as if to downplay the possibility that anything crazy, dangerous or illegal could ever erupt from such an innocent premise.

"It's such a typical thing to do, they don't even want to call it a bachelor party because they see it more as a guys' night out,” he adds. "A nice dinner, some laughs, and a toast to the new groom.” You know, "Harmless.”

Granted, this night out is awfully close to the day of Doug's actual ceremony… And yes, his future father-in-law has entrusted him with his prized Mercedes… And sure, Stu has to lie to his girlfriend about where they're going… And yes, they're taking along Doug's new brother-in-law Alan, who's socially awkward and somewhat of a loose cannon…

But other than that, what do they have to worry about? When the foursome checks in to Caesars Palace they're feeling good and relaxed. Stepping out onto Caesars' rooftop to start their evening with a toast amidst the wraparound glow of Vegas lights under the desert sky, they raise their glasses to Doug's upcoming new life and "to a night the four of us will never forget.” And that's the last thing any of them can remember.

The next thing that Phil, Stu and Alan know it's morning and they're sprawled out with their faces on the marble floor. Sunshine streams in through the windows, revealing a palatial suite that is totally trashed.

But that's not so unusual, as bachelor parties go, Phillips grants. "Getting drunk and waking up next to a pile of empty bottles is pretty much par for the course. For a movie about a hangover to end all hangovers, we had to take things a gigantic step beyond. We thought, ‘What would be the craziest night you could possibly have and still live to talk about it.'”

"How about, there's a baby in their room, that they've never seen before, and a tiger in the bathroom?,” adds producer Dan Goldberg, who marks his fourth feature collaboration with Phillips on "The Hangover,” following "Road Trip,” "Old School” and "School for Scoundrels.”

Party dolls bob atop the Jacuzzi bubbles, a chair still smolders from what appears to have been a fire and an ottoman dangles from the ceiling. Oh, and one more little thing… the groom is missing.

As the three revelers struggle to regain consciousness, each reacts to the scene in his own way. Leader-of-the-pack Phil surveys the damage with a confident but blurry eye, assumes they had a good time and that Doug will turn up soon. Stu, the worrier, and the one whose credit card is on file with the front desk, launches into a panic that escalates with each new offense he uncovers in the wreckage of their $4,000-a-night suite. And Alan kind of takes it all in with a crazy sense of wonder—that is, once he gets over the fact that he was just standing, half naked, within pouncing distance of a real, live, full-grown tiger.

Bradley Cooper stars as Phil, "the guy with the plan, the fast-talker,” says Goldberg. The only one of the group who has experienced marriage and fatherhood, Phil feels a bit restricted by his life as a family man and high school English teacher and was looking forward to this trip as a rare opportunity to cut loose with his old college gang. He's not about to let this little setback ruin his weekend.

"Phil thinks, ‘Let's just get some aspirin and take this one step at a time. No need to panic,'” says Cooper. "No matter how uncontrollable the situation becomes, he keeps thinking he can manage it. And he keeps trying, right up to the point where it absolutely gets away from him.”

"Bradley is very funny, b

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