Hangover Part II
Every sequel is haunted by the success of the original and the fear
fans have that the new one won't live up to the original. You rarely
get The Godfather II
and The Empire Strikes Back.
Mostly, you get Speed 2,
or Breakin' 2: Electric
Hangover Part II is somewhere in
Phil (Bradley "See
My Interview With Willie Waffle By Clicking Here"
Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin
Bartha) are back and a wedding is in the future, again. Stu's life has
turned around for the better. He has fallen in love, become engaged to
young hottie Lauren (Jamie Chung), and planned a massive luxury
ceremony in her homeland of Thailand. Already not very well liked by
his future father-in-law, Stu is walking on eggshells, and refuses to
have a bachelor party in an attempt to avoid a repeat of what happened
at Doug's bachelor party in The Hangover.
On the other hand, you are buying a ticket with hopes it will happen
again, and it does (kinda). In what seems to be a wholesome bonfire
celebration on the beach at the majestic resort hotel where the wedding
is taking place, the guys calmly celebrate with Lauren's college-aged
brother, Teddy (Mason Lee), but wake up the next morning in a flop
house in Bangkok. They aren't sure where Teddy went, but they do have
Did Stu, Phil and Alan do it again?
Where is Teddy?
Can they find him and save the wedding?
Co-writer/director Todd Phillips and the writing team of Scot Armstrong
and Craig Mazin have a massive conundrum to work their way out of in The
Hangover Part II. While they
can't duplicate everything that happened in the first movie, they do
need to deliver a similar story and antics to keep the hard core fans
satisfied. I don't envy them, but they do find some success (and give
you plenty of photos to see during the credits).
Phillips and the gang have come up with a reasonable explanation why
the guys have had another crazy night of debauchery, which is all of
the excuse we wanted to see the movie. It's plausible and doesn't make
Phil, Stu and Alan look like a trio of has-beens who have escaped from Celebrity
Rehab on another bender. They
aren't pathetic. They are guys who find themselves in some trouble due
to actions beyond their control this time. Plus, we get to enjoy the
supporting characters just as much as the leads. That monkey is a star!
Part II mostly suffers from a
slower pace and different tone. It's a more serious movie, yet, the
scale of the craziness feels too unreal. The incidents are beyond what
we would expect anyone to encounter, while Galifianakis makes Alan
almost psychotic at moments, instead of being oblivious or immature
like he was in The Hangover.
Go see The Hangover Part II.
It might not be great or legendary, but you are going to laugh.
Hangover Part II is rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual
content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.