The morning after a night full of booze, music and dancing. The dreaded hangover. The unfortunately, all too familiar feeling that you are unsure about your actions from the previous night. It was not my intention to be so extremely literal right now, but I could not help myself from using a quote from the crude, yet hilarious film The Hangover –
Stu Price: Why don't we remember a Goddamn thing from last night?
Phil Wenneck: Obviously because we had a great fucking time.
After an epic bachelor party in Vegas, three friends wake up and realize that not only is the groom missing, but also Mike Tyson’s tiger is asleep in the bathroom, Stu lost a tooth and got hitched, and there is a random baby in the closet. Although this film is an exaggerated representation of a hangover and the traumatic effects of alcohol, it perfectly explains the aftermath of altered states of mind.
From one cinematic masterpiece to the next, I learned two, valuable life lessons – do not take drugs from strangers and people are actually out of their minds and undoubtedly crazy. The man I am referring to is none other than famous comic artist, Robert Crumb. Throughout this well-done, yet creepy documentary, you quickly discover a lot of intimate details about Crumb’s broken family and childhood that fittingly correlate to his one-of-a-kind personality. And although, no one will ever truly understand Crumb’s psyche, listening to his stories and watching his nonverbal and verbal cues, one can come much closer to understanding the great depth and hidden meaning embedded in his work.
When I - what was it - about five or six? - I was sexually attracted to Bugs Bunny. And I - I cut out this Bugs Bunny off the cover of a comic book and carried it around with me. […]
In addition to his strange fixation with Bugs Bunny, accepted as a male cartoon character, Crumb also shares sketches of the girls he had crushes on in high school. These portraits did not emanate the stereotypical “hot girl.” Quite oppositely, these girls appear nerdy, frumpy, and almost masculine. He describes one girl as "[...] A funky girl who had body odor and hairy legs." Despite his young loves, girlfriends and two wives, Crumb confesses that he “has never been in love with a women.” One of his ex-girlfriends even shares his unusual sexual desires and uninterested behavior towards normal sexual intercourse. All of these bizarre habits and actions lead one to believe that Crumb may be either bisexual or homosexual, or at the very least have homosexual tendencies or fantasies. Lastly, as if this man’s life is not weird or complicated enough, his brother Charles committed suicide shortly before the documentary was complete. Crumb’s dysfunctional family and wacky sexual desires lend a greater understanding of his own interpretation of the book of Genesis.
Revisiting the idea of a hangover and the hazy morning after or aftermath of alcohol, Crumb interprets the biblical scene of Noah’s drunken stupor very cautiously and purposefully. In my opinion and with strong evidence from the documentary, Crumb’s portrayal of these scene attempts to establish himself as a less neurotic and perverted artist.
And Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. And he drank of the wine and became drunk and exposed himself within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. (Crumb)
A long-standing question or mystery exists of what actually transpired between Noah and Ham – molestation, rape, and castration are all popular and probable beliefs. However, Crumb does not even touch on or allude to the aforementioned possibilities. His interpretation suggests that Ham’s only offense was seeing his father’s nakedness. Perhaps if Crumb took creative liberties with this scene, it may have been too obscene or erotic for his intended audience. Experiences with his father, suicidal brother and strange sexual desires, could very well have created an inappropriate interpretation of this sacred text. Knowing this much about himself, I believe that Crumb chose a subtle, more childish approach, with his illustrations for this scene. Instead of his usual twisted humor and crudeness, Crumb toned it down a notch (or one hundred notches) in order to prove that he is not as neurotic and perverted as the public perceives him to be.
The way Eddie Palermo feels about Alan in The Hangover is analogous to the way I feel about Robert Crumb.
Eddie Palermo:Listen to me, I'm gonna' tell you something. I know some sick people in my life, this guy is the craziest, wildest bastard I ever met in my life!