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The Hangover Gets Its Laughs From Dubious Places

If you watch TV, I'm sure you've seen the trailer for the new bro-centric comedy The Hangover. The movie follows a group of best-dudes on a wild bachelor party weekend in Vegas where they get so messed up they can't remember anything that happens. I have to admit the preview garnered a few reflexive chuckles out of me, but after reading some more critical reactions to the movie, I see some troubling references. Child abuse, violence, nagging women, the Holocaust, a cameo by a convicted rapist (Mike Tyson), overweight people, and extreme alcoholism are all used to inspire laughter from the audience. Do you take issue with these types of "bro" movies, or do outraged viewers need to lighten up?

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