It’s been a decade since the Vegas-trip-gone-so-wrong comedy The Hangover landed in theatres on June 5 2009 and became a sleeper hit, ushering in a wave of hard-R movies and set the stage for its own two middling sequels, which the less said about those, the better. With the wildly inappropriate wedding singers, mystery babies, stolen cop cars and epic sunburns but a distant memory, we’re taking a look at where this hit film has taken its stars since its release. A lot has changed in 10 years (which is why some of the movie’s jokes don’t land) and the cast have certainly had major career highs and low lows. Read on to find out where they are now.
Before The Hangover, Cooper was known for his work on the TV series Alias; after the Hangover (and especially following the 2011 sequel) the actor started snagging roles in prestige dramas like The Place Beyond The Pines and teamed up with David O. Russell for dramedy Silver Linings Playbook for which he earned his first Oscar nomination, and American Hustle, proving he had chops well beyond comedy. Last year, he proved he do could just about anything with his turn as country crooner role in A Star Is Born opposite Lady Gaga in a film he directed and wrote. If we had to crown a winner in post-Hangover Hollywood, Cooper would be the obvious choice.
The Wolfpack’s resident dentist kept his day job on The Office until 2013, logging a jaw-dropping 152 episodes as the insecure yet arrogant Andy and taking up the lead when Steve Carell left the show. Helms also guest-starred in a string of high-profile sitcoms like Arrested Development, The Mindy Project and BoJack Horseman. and kept his film work eclectic, taking on the role of Rusty Griswald in the reboot of the Vacation franchise and mixing it up with a bit of dark drama, taking top billing in the 2017 drama Chappaquiddick about a 60’s-era car crash that killed one of Ted Kennedy’s young female campaigners.
Ten years ago, our sincerest wish for Mr. Galifianakis was that he would just please put on some pants (his Hangover character seemed to have a strong aversion to the garment). Instead, this comedic genius brought us projects like Between Two Ferns, his passive-aggressive and sometimes aggressive-aggressive interview show (soon to be a feature film!) that actually started in 2008 but really took off post-Hangover, and Baskets, his hilarious sad-clown Emmy-winning sitcom in which he plays twins suffering from extreme sibling rivalry and includes Louis Anderson as his doting mom. (Seriously, you need to watch.) Galifianakis also voiced the Joker in the LEGO Batman Movie and appeared in a 2014 music video for Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew—can’t omit that bit of Can-Con!
The erstwhile Doug and the catalyst for the movie’s wild goose chase, Justin has go to create some memorable characters. Our favourite Bartha role has to be his stint on The Good Wife as a would-be Washington politico and the love interest of Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). Remember when his overly invested mother came to bail him out of jail? Awww. With co-stars Alan Rickman and Malin Akerman, Bartha also contributed to the immortalization of New York’s most famous nightclub in 2013’s CBGB.
Director Todd Phillips followed up his trio of Hangover movies, not counting 2010’s Due Date with Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. that he made between the last two sequels, with a comedy crime-drama called War Dogs that starred Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. But he’s making a big splash this October with a standalone DC Comics supervillain film Joker that stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role and looks utterly disturbing and a very adult turn from Phillips’ typical boys-behaving-badly content.
As The Hangover’s Mr. Chow, Jeong took a small role and made the most of every second he had on-screen. It made us want more (like, as much as we could possibly get). Thankfully, we were blessed with six years of the TV series Community and two seasons of Dr. Ken. Jeong is one of the busiest character actors in the business: he’s currently filming three projects and a new series, The Emperor of Malibu, is in pre-production. He also had a role in last year’s hugely successful film, Crazy Rich Asians and is coming back as one of the judges on season two of the crazy-amazing hit show The Masked Singer.
Fun fact: Heather Graham’s dad was an FBI agent. Somewhat related: Graham played Judalon Smyth, a key witness in the Menendez Brothers murder case on Law & Order True Crime. Since her turn as Jade, Graham has taken on recurring guest roles on some big series like Californication, Flaked and Angie Tribeca and also played Annie Blackburn in director David Lynch’s mind-bending quasi-prequel Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces. As one of the bigger names in The Hangover, Graham was already an established star and has continued to work steadily in the decade since.
The smart, funny, and addictive show Arrested Development spans five seasons (with a hiatus or two here and there) with Tambor as the patriarch of a rich but hilariously floundering family. Fans were excited when it was announced that the actor would have the lead in another offbeat and unique comedy Transparent, a show we loved from its very first episode. In early 2018, however, Tambor was fired from the series by showrunner Jill Soloway after two women made claims that he was sexually harassing them on-set and was also in hot water over his aggressive treatment of Arrested co-star Jessica Walter.
Perfect world: Tyson takes singing lessons and anger management therapy while the tiger goes to a wildlife reserve. Real world: he’s had a role in a Tyler Perry Madea movie, filmed the series Mike Tyson Mysteries and still has that facial tattoo. We hope the tiger’s doing well.