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Sam Horsley

on 28 January 2013

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The Hangover Male Identity

"Crisis of masculinity'' About the script Genre - Bibliography http://www.boxofficemojo.com/search/?q=the%20hangover




Maculinity and Men's Lifetyle Magazines Benwell, Bethan cited Edward, Tim: Part II, 2003

Williamson, J, Sexism with an alibi, The Guardian: Media:Advertising: 2003

Nardi, Peter M., Men's Friendships: 1992

Gill, Rosalind, 'Lad Flicks': Dicursive reconstructions of masculinity in popular film, 2011
Attwood, F, Sexed up: theorizing the sexualization of culture: 2006 - Todd Phillips the director/producer of The Hangover has created a lot of films with similar themes.

- Most of Todd Phillips films are about mayhem e.g. Old School, Project X.
These films are sometimes called... Box Office Opening Weekend
Gross Profit
$277,322,503 Opening Weekend
Gross Profit
$254,464,305 The Hangover The Hangover 2 From this... Maternal/nurturing identity Man bag - Alan gets teased about his satchel '...emphasis is placed upon men-only worlds of wheeling and dealing, heavy drinking, one-night stands and male bonding.' (ibid Edwards, T, p138: 2003) Laddism What is it? '...new lad is depicted as hedonistic, post- (if not anti) feminist, and pre-eminently concerned with beer, football and ‘shagging’ women. His outlook on life could be characterised as anti-aspirational and owes a lot to a particular classed articulation of masculinity.' (Benwell cited Edwards, T, Masculinity and men's lifestyle magazines: 2003) '...the New Lad represents a form of nostalgic retreat or what she calls ‘retro-sexism’ (Edwards cited Whelehan, 2000) Retro Sexism (n.): Modern attitudes and behaviors that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way. Comedy '...the development of 'lad culture', with its emphasis on
male hedonism and female exhibitionism, and its
'tongue-in-cheek' sexist and anti-feminist comments,
looks 'sexy' but is really only 'sexism with an alibi'
(Williamson, J, Sexism with an alibi: 2003). ...to this ---> As our culture has become more evolved around a hedonistic lifestyle no wonder this film has excelled in the cinema as it is used as a escapist and aspirational tool. The narrative presents the stereotype of male stag do’s/bachelor party in Las Vegas. The connotations that Las Vegas has expresses the over the top, hedonistic attitude that we (the millennial generation) aspire to take part in. The Film - This film uses characteristics of the SCREWBALL GENRE.
It was applied to films where everything was a juxtaposition: in this film the juxtaposition between hegemonic lifestyles the men have at home compared to the party lifestyle they lead in this film.

- Eccentric characters types - for example Alan.

- Screwball Jokes - Style of delivery with jokes. Often a very skillful blend of sophistication and slapstick. Lad-Flicks Emasculation Slapstick Violence OMG! THAT WAS
AMAZING! We hope you enjoyed our presentation! The Hangover tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price and Alan Garner, who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate their friend Doug Billings' impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu and Alan have no memory of the previous night's events and must find Doug before the wedding can take place. Lucas and Moore wrote the script after executive producer Chris Bender's friend disappeared and had a large bill after being sent to a strip club.Sold the script to Warner Bros for over $2million It was then rewritten by Jeremy Garelick and director Todd Phillips, who added additional elements such as Mike Tyson and his tiger, the baby, and the police cruiser Originality Audience The target audience of The Hangover are likely to be the males who enjoyed Old School; relating to the characters once again escaping their strict, domestic, married lifestyles. Hangover for Girls!! Bridesmaids is said to be a Hangover for Girls.Though it still tends to categories itself as a romantic comedy, for female viewers. The plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey costar as Annie's fellow bridesmaids Bridesmaids Domestic Total Gross: $169,106,725 Only lasted one week at top spot
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