The Hangover (2009)
One of the most celebrated comedies of 2009 was Todd Phillips' bawdy The Hangover. Depicting an out-of-control Las Vegas bachelor party, the film has the quality of feeling authentic and phony at the same time. The former due to the fact that our protagonists are basically unremarkable and as such feel like a bunch of guys any of us could wind up in a bachelor party with. The latter due to the wildly excessive events they encounter on their way. The script is creative in the sense that the screenwriters, messers Lucas and Moore, constantly find new ways to make one incredible scene develop/transcend into the next, but the plot developments are basically fantasies from the minds of boozed-up teenage boys, and as such not particularly funny or interesting. And Todd Phillips largely directs as if he were one of these boys. The best thing about The Hangover are curious hints of originality, such as the creepy Alan character or the fact that the supposed main character end up spending most of the film on a roof. Keep your eyes closed for the annoying Ken Jeong appearing in another annoying bit part.