Hungover again?

the hangoverVideo clipClip from the movie "Bridesmaids"

Why are the Hangover movies so popular? I get that they are the ultimate escapism and rely on absurdity to make us laugh, but really…how can seemingly intelligent people end up with unexplained tattoes, shaven heads and even marriages? The recently released Bridesmaids is funny, no doubt, but it trivializes drinking to excess as well. In my opinion these movies normalize overdrinking and are particularly appealing to young people who actually need to hear that you don’t have to drink to have fun or to celebrate life events. Any thoughts on these movies?

Author: Janice R.N.

I am a Registered Nurse at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

2 thoughts on “Hungover again?”

  1. That’s a tough one. I haven’t seen the sequel either…but I have seen the original Hangover film.

    If the pitfalls are amusing, and everyone escapes relatively unscathed (or even slightly better off) and having learned something valuable…that makes a good story and an engaging film.

    But is it realistic? In real life, if I drink that much and pop a ‘roofie’, it’s only a matter of time before something sub-optimal befalls me…an injury, for one thing. Talk about ‘befalling’….

    On the other hand, if the characters in The Hangover did nothing but get hurt and lose stuff that mattered, it would quickly devolve from a comedy into a tragedy.

    It’s not a sign pointing to safety, it’s a comedic film and a funny one at that. The deeper argument is just how responsible is the mainstream media for influencing us in a non-destructive way?

    If you think about the Jackass movies from a safety perspective, you realize that these films could be passively encouraging emulators of the most dangerous ilk !

    So how does the media limit this influence without 1) censorship or , 2) patronizing and devaluing its audience? Or should it even try?

    Interesting questions.

  2. I have not seen the movie, but does it not also deliver a humorous message of the pitfalls of over consumption? If people are waking up with tattoos, shaved heads and spouses, that is not a good thing.

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