Las Vegas Chronicles: The Hangover

Today the Assholes are in lovely Las Vegas, so what better movie to discuss than The Hangover? If your brain reaches back to 2009, you may remember that in the original movie, the boys wake up the morning after a wild and crazy bachelor party in Vegas only to discover that their groom is missing.

The boys stay at Caesars Palace during their stay, which wouldn’t be most people’s first choice of accommodation on the strip. It’s an older place, not as glam, and nowadays its claim to fame is hosting Celine Dion’s ongoing concert series, which you wouldn’t think attracts a lot of bacherlor parties, but what do I know? When Sean and I hit up Vegas in 2011, it was already cashing in on The Hangover success with a movie-themed slot machine that was a lot of fun to play (similarly, Sex and the City and The Dark Knight slot machines also took a LOT of our quarters).

The Hangover boys upgrade to a very swanky suite during their stay, one that doesn’t actually exist in real life but is modeled after two of Caesars Palace’s most luxurious suites in its Forum Tower – the Emperor suite penthouse, natch, and the so-called “Rain Man suite” (guess which other movie was filmed there!) that takes up two floors, has 10 TVs including in-mirror bathroom televisions, and will set you back $3500\night.

Mike Tyson appears in one of the best, most random cameos ever written, and this man has a real history with Caesars Palace, it being a popular boxing venue since the 1970s. He has said that he only took the part to further fund his drug habit, and was high on cocaine during his scenes. Mike Tyson does not own a tiger in real life. In real life, he owns 7.

The staff of Caesars Palace will tell you that to this day guests enjoy quoting lines from the movie to them upon check-in, particularly “Did Caesar live here?” and “Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly?” They are beyond tired of hearing it, but if you must, a nice tip helps secure a forced chuckle.

Las Vegas got a bump of tourism thanks to this movie, but it was already a busy place. In fact, Vegas is naturally so debauched that Bradley Cooper walked around with bloody tiger scratches on his neck, and not a single person ever questioned it. He has said that he does not believe Vegas even noticed there was a movie being made.

 

While we’re carousing in Vegas, be sure to follow us on Twitter @assholemovies to get a load of our debauchery!

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24 thoughts on “Las Vegas Chronicles: The Hangover

  1. Lara/Trace

    My first night living in Vegas (1983) my friend Emily took me to Caesars. A Mormon guy thought we were hookers. True story! Only in Vegas, Jay.

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  2. Christopher

    If I’m ever there I won’t annoy the staff by quoting The Hangover. I might see if I can get a chuckle out of a line or two of Mel Brooks’ performance at “Caesar’s palace”–in Rome, of course–from History Of The World Part I.
    I’d be beyond surprised if any of them caught on.

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  3. J.

    2009! Ouch. I’ve only ever seen this once and I thought it was a hoot. I lasted 30 minutes of the sequel before calling it quits. You only need one Hangover, right? Especially one like that!

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    1. Jay Post author

      And it spawned a third as well – I take it you didn’t even bother with that one. They go back to Vegas, but it’s as you suspected: totally unnecessary. The one was enough.

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      1. Jay Post author

        I know. It was totally improbable the first time around, but if you’re trying to tell me this could happen to the same guys AGAIN??? Pshaw!

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  4. Liz A.

    I remember Caesar’s Palace as the hotel us kids could go to (before I was over 21). That was a long time ago. If I get there again, I won’t be quoting The Hangover. I’ve never seen it.

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  5. Birgit

    I love this movie because it’s so silly. I always wondered about that chicken that is never explained. It horrifies me that this boxing idiot who has raped, bullied and is, in general, a despicable human being owns 7 tigers. I just pray that they are well taken care of because he would be the type that hold no regard for animal welfare.

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  6. reocochran

    I like this movie best of all crazy men movies, but “Animal House” was a good predecessor to “The Hangover!” I also have to admit I liked the American Pie movies. . .

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