The Insider: Lessons From <i>The Hangover Part II</i>

June 13, 2011 5:43 AM


When The Hangover Part II shattered box office records at its opening a couple of weeks ago, I knew that it would not be long before many readers of The Insider had seen the movie or at least knew someone who had. Skirting all the idiotic ideas young people might pick up from the movie, I’ve compiled a list of five things college students should learn from the blockbuster.

The Hangover Part 2

I’m not bashing the movie — in fact, actors Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis play their roles rather effortlessly. Comparing it to the first movie, I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed in the amped display of drug use, but overall the movie did make us laugh.

If you’re a Tulane parent who wouldn’t waste $10 on 102 minutes of sophomoric one-liners, you’ll still be happy to know I’ve managed to extract five positive things that your child should have taken from the summer comedy.

Five things college students should learn from The Hangover Part II:

5. Parents are forgiving, but don’t push it!

4. No good comes from drinking until you can’t remember.

3. The second chances in life aren’t as clean cut as those you see in movies.

2. Even after you grow older and settle into a good job, as does Ed Helm’s character, you can still fall victim to peer pressure.

1. Choose your friends carefully. Someone in your inner circle can cause your biggest regrets in life.

Did You Know:
Hangover star Ken Jeong is a real-life doctor who completed his internal medicine residency at Oschner Hospital in New Orleans. In this article from The Times-Picayune, he discusses his local comedy performances and his year of research at Tulane!

The Insider’s favorite tweet of the moment, from Lisa Curtin:

“I think the fact that every time I watch ‘Treme’ I think about going to Tulane for my Ph.D. someday makes me a weirdo loser. BUT WHATEVER.”

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