An essential guide to the top 10 films to watch while you’re still flushing the toxins out your system from the night before

So you’ve had a big one…you’ve woken up more than slightly disheveled to the remains of a dirty doner kebab with a side of acute dehydration. Bending down to tie your shoelaces is proving challenging so it’s unlikely that you’re going to smash that essay on the codification of directors’ duties or engage with what currently looks like a collection of hieroglyphs in the required reading. There is only one thing for it… MOVIE MARATHON. Given you’re considering scoffing the cold remains of that dubious doner, you’re in no state to get your head around ‘Inception’ so better stick to easy viewing/comedy.

Here’s our top 10:


This fast-paced action thriller starring badass Liam Neeson is a hangover day staple. Just sit back and enjoy the skills Neeson has acquired ‘over a long career’ as he single handedly wastes half of the Albanian population in search of his kidnapped daughter (Maggie Grace). Grace’s comically bad acting just adds to the spectacle. To whet the appetite, check out Neeson Season below:

Quote: “What I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

American Pie

King of all the teen movies. Jim and friends pledge to lose their virginity before senior prom with disastrous consequences. Must see gross-out comedy which makes your drunken romantic efforts from last night not look so bad.

american pie dancing

Old School

Glorious! Comic genius Will Ferrell joins forces with Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson as they relive their heady uni days by starting their own fraternity to the annoyance of a young 'Ari Gold.' Incredible moments from Ferrell and even cameos from Stifler and Snoop in a film which is arguably funnier than Ferrell’s cult classic Anchorman. What more could you want?

Quote: “You think I like avoiding my wife and kids to hangout with nineteen-year-old girls everyday?.”

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Sacha Baron Cohen’s side-splitting mockumentary tracks Kazakhstani reporter Borat’s journey across the US. No matter how fuzzy your thinking is on a hangover day, you can rest assured that you are not as stupid as the hicks that Cohen exposes in this film.

Quote: “When you chase a dream, especially one with plastic chests, you sometimes do not see what is right in front of you.”

The Inbetweeners Movie

The Inbetweeners LADS on a post-school tour in Shagaluf. Well worth a watch with your mates as you determine who is the ‘Briefcase wanker’ of your group and whose chat is as creative as Jay’s. Film bounces back strongly from the slightly disappointing third series of the TV show.

Quote: “You better bring your wellies because you’ll be knee-deep in clunge.”


Seth Macfarlane’s daring debut film tells the story of Mark Wahlberg and his best friend Ted who happens to be a potty-mouthed animated teddy bear.  Ted has a striking resemblance to Peter Griffin/the exact same voice and is equally funny. A must for Family Guy fans.


Quote: “Oh, come on. I don’t really sound much like Peter Griffin.”

Rush Hour

The original and best film from the evergreen Jackie Chan. Incredible fighting scenes from Chan together with comedy one-liners from Chris Tucker. Even Chan’s questionable grasp of the English language doesn’t deter from the fun.

Quote: “Don’t you ever touch a black man’s radio, boiii! You can do that in China but you can get your ass killed out here, man.”


Classic from Stiller, Ferrell and Owen Wilson about the competitive cut-throat world of male modeling and the perils of “being really, really, ridiculously good looking”. The infamous ‘walk-off’ scenes inspired drunken copycat attempts by us and our uni mates and compulsory ‘blue steeling’ in all photos for the rest of our time at uni. We hope it has an equally profound effect on you.

Zoolander walk off
Quote: “One of my heroes I guess would be Sting. I mean, I don’t listen to any of his music, but I really respect that he’s making it.”

The Hangover

An inevitable but worthy selection in our top 10.  Join Bradley Cooper and friends in their search for “Dougggg, Dougggg, OHH, Douggg, Dougie, Dougie, Doug, Doug” after a heavy night of drinking & debauchery. The original is the best of the lot but the others in the trilogy are also worth a watch.

Quote: Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit'll come back with you.”


Created when Vince Vaughn was in his prime before he became a pudding looking for a pay cheque (see Couples Retreat and The Internship). Who knows this true underdog story of minor sporting triumph might even inspire you off the sofa during the hangover day. Pfft….Who are we kidding?

Dodgeball diving
Quote: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” 

Project X

A film about an epic house party gone wrong. If only student house parties were like this (minus the horrific damage and consequent multi-million pound repair costs). After seeing the epic party scenes in this film, your hangover will be all but forgotten and you will be itching to go out again to try and recreate some of the film’s euphoria. And - did you know that it's loosely based on a true story? Check out the consequences of the real Project X here:

Quote: “I’m gonna go have a long cry, and then start calling some lawyers.”

Well, that's our list. We hope you enjoy these classics. Let us know of any other classics you think we've missed in the comments below!

The observant amongst you may have noticed that there are actually 11 films in the list. Well spotted - I was too hungover to count when producing the list…

Why not check out How to Deal with a Hangover and What Your Choice of Shot Says About You!







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