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Four college buddies find themselves on the adventure of their lives, when on the morning after a Las Vegas bachelor party, they end up stranded deep in Mexico penniless, being chased, falling in love, and fighting to make it back across the border in time for the wedding. Written by
IMDb's plot description makes it sound like a cheap cartoonish college romp with grossout humor, ala American Pie or Without a Paddle, but this is really nothing of the sort.
This movie is a relentless adventure from beginning to end. It hits the ground running with 4 guys at a wild Vegas bachelor party (with basically no introductions, you learn about these people through the story). Things go wrong, and soon they're running around Mexico in tuxedos (it's more fun if I don't tell you how they got there), trying to get home in time for the wedding, with no money, continuing to party while simultaneously debating the merits of marriage versus bachelorhood all the way through.
Despite that plot, which IS a pretty accurate description of what you're seeing most of the time, this is actually a rather adult coming-of-age exploration with realistic characters. They're in a collective transition between keggers and picket fences, that depressing era in life when you're either getting married or watching your friends do so, a readily identifiable situation for almost anyone. The true depth of that perilous time is felt and explored almost completely. These guys could easily be your real-life friends, and a couple wrong turns at a wild enough party might even land you in a similar situation.
Yes, this film is equal parts humor and serious reflection. It's got depth and morals, but a surprise around every turn. You really won't have a clue what's coming next, which makes you feel like you're experiencing the adventure along with them.
I could've done without the cornball ending. The story turns in on itself, deus-ex-machina style, betraying its adventurous spirit. The adventure really would've worked better at face value, but oh well.
It's a lot of fun, it's thought-provoking, and it stays with you. It's also a great production, with acting, directing, and camera work that all seem to be top-notch. I haven't looked into the film's actual level of "independence", so to speak, but to me it looked worthy of big-budget Hollywood. The writing was great too, with the possible exception of that ending which I already complained about. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this and it never left me bored. A superb film in my humble opinion.
If you revel in the feeling of not knowing what's coming next, and if you find yourself pondering life's journey from time to time, I think you'll enjoy this.
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