Movies like The Hangover: Released in 2009, The Hangover is still widely regarded as a modern comedy classic. Both of its sequels were just as popular, if not more so, than the original. Moviegoers looking for a good laugh will be pleased to know there are a number of excellent comedies out there that can hold their own against The Hangover.
There are many other comedies that are, at the very least, as amusing as The Hangover if you’re looking for something similar to watch. Having familiar faces and recurring plot points in multiple shows makes for a more satisfying viewing experience.
1. Tag (2018)
To some extent, the protagonists of both The Hangover and Tag are a group of lifelong friends. Even after all this time has passed, they still find each other once a year and play a month-long game of tag throughout the country—just like they did when they were kids. However, now that they are grownups, things have taken a somewhat more severe turn. This time around, the game is scheduled to coincide with the wedding of the lone player who has yet to lose.
2. Due Date (2010)
Every film in which Zack Galifianakis appears features him in the role of a character who messes everything up. Here, he takes on the role of Ethan, who runs across Peter Highman (played by Robert Downey Jr.). If it weren’t for the fact that Peter’s wife is about to give birth, the situation wouldn’t be so awful. However, Ethan has other intentions.
3. The Vacation (2015)
Ed Helms, who played Stu in The Hangover films, also appears in The Vacation. Rusty Griswold (Helms) is the family patriarch who, in this hilarious film, realizes that his relatives are growing weary of their yearly vacation at the family cabin. An exciting journey to Walley World is on the agenda for the family road trip that he organizes. Naturally, disaster strikes along the road, leading to hilarious situations reminiscent of The Hangover.
It’s hardly the most critically acclaimed film ever, but it was a lot of fun for me, and I laughed a lot.
4. Superbad (2007)
Superbad is a movie about teenagers, underage drinking, and awkward situations that have become widely known. Starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, this film is a fan favorite from the 2000s. One of my favorite performers, Seth Rogan, is featured in this film.
Despite their extreme lack of popularity, Seth (Hill) and his closest friend Evan (Cera) decide to buy booze to bring to the party of Seth’s crush. Nothing goes right; everything that could go wrong does. See it if you enjoy comedies that aren’t trying too hard to be clever about how much they mock the lives of teenagers.
Many people give this a very high rating, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it as well.
In contrast to “The Hangover,” which centers on older guys doing foolishly, “Superbad” follows a group of young people who are trying to pass as men. Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” is based on a simple premise: best friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are about to graduate high school, so they are determined to have one last hurrah and finally lose their virginity.
The screenplay was written by Seth Rogen and his childhood friend/longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. After getting caught by some jovial police officers (played by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader) and getting sidetracked by their fake-ID-wielding pal, McLovin, the two buddies find themselves on a voyage through the dark soul of the night (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
For a long time, the party buddy genre was considered exclusively male; the Peter Pan complex, wild antics, and toilet humor that characterize such stories were thought to originate exclusively in the land of men. When Paul Feig released “Bridesmaids” in 2011, everything shifted. Screenwriters Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo realized they were no longer in the same area as their best friend and co-wrote this film.
Annie (Wiig), a single mother who is barely making ends meet, is asked to be Lillian (her best friend’s maid)’s of honor (Maya Rudolf). Annie gets in over her head trying to make Lillian happy and corral the rest of the well-dressed and well-off bridesmaids, including overworked mom Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), naive Becca (Ellie Kemper), out-there Megan (Melissa McCarthy in her glorious breakout role), and the seemingly perfect Helen (Julianne Moore) (Rose Byrne).
7. American Pie (1999)
Many people claim to appreciate American Pie, despite the fact that it has been widely panned. So embarrassing it’s believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre, according to the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.
Five high school buddies decide to drop their virginity as a group during the course of the novel. They reach an understanding and commit to finishing their degrees on schedule.
8. This Is The End (2013)
In some ways, This Is The End might be seen as a wildly successful experiment. Many famous people attend a party thrown by James Franco just before the end of the world in this comedic post-apocalyptic film.
Rather than portraying themselves, the actors play fictionalized versions of themselves that are far more comedic. A large number of well-known actors, including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, and Kevin Hart, are featured in the film.
9. Rough Night
In spite of sharing certain parallels with “The Hangover,” “Rough Night” is one of the most overrated films of the year because of its inflated reputation. The film depicts a disastrous girls’ night out that ends with the murder of the male stripper, the arrival of a gang of criminals posing as police, and a kidnapping-like incident. It has a similar tone to “The Hangover,” but the female protagonists, the satisfying conclusion, and Scarlett Johansson set it apart. Just for her, if you can, give it a look!
10. Hall Pass (2011)
The tongue-in-cheek comedy ‘Hall Pass,’ starring Owen Wilson, follows two spouses who, for one week, are given carte blanche by their wives to do anything they choose. Predictably, the Hall Pass is intended to facilitate sexual meetings between husbands and wives in order to put an end to the husbands’ and wives’ constant bickering.
It’s fun to watch Rick and Fred relive their glory days as bachelors while their spouses, Grace, and Maggie, join in on the fun. Certain parts are entertaining, if fleetingly and superficially. While ‘Hall Pass’ does have some humorous moments, its main strengths are its originality and lack of famous personalities.