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The Hangover Part II (2011)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 233
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 154

A crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment, The Hangover Part II lacks the element of surprise -- and most of the joy -- that helped make the original a hit.

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 34

A crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment, The Hangover Part II lacks the element of surprise -- and most of the joy -- that helped make the original a hit.

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In The Hangover Part II, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Craig Mazin, Scott Armstrong, Todd Phillips

Dec 6, 2011

$254.5M

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The Hangover Part II isn't a dud, exactly -- some of it is very funny, and there are a few memorable jolts and outlandish dirty moments. But it feels, at times, like a routine adventure film set overseas.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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The missing person, the seamy urban setting, the gradual accretion of clues: The Hangover films are, essentially, hard-boiled crime stories spun into comic depravity.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comment (1)
The Atlantic
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I can't dismiss the ugliness behind many of its antics.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (7)
Christian Science Monitor
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I can't believe how precisely everything does happen again, except that what was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok, where yet another wedding is scheduled to take place.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (16)
Wall Street Journal
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Directed, like the wildly successful first film, by Todd Phillips, it airlifts the original characters, premise, and story structure out of Vegas and plonks them down in Bangkok in near-identical form, save for a few instances of ante-upping.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (10)
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It's a tribute to the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Todd Phillips, that the best way to approach The Hangover Part II is to talk about what it isn't. It isn't a typical sequel, either a watered-down encore or a muddled [extension].

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (10)
Dallas Morning News
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Raunchy and unfunny, this sequel feels like a simple retread of its predecessor.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

If you love the first film, seriously, do not see this one. You'll ruin two movies at once.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

The cast is once again at the top of their game and there are some genuinely hilarious moments, but on the whole, The Hangover Part II is way too similar to the first film to be enjoyable.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The Hangover: Part II shows the writers have absolutely no faith in their characters or their own ability to take them somewhere new.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Overall, your enjoyment of this film will correlate directly to your enjoyment of the previous film. If you liked it, you'll like this one, if not, you won't enjoy the sequel as it's just more of the same.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I think the first one is like GONE WITH THE WIND compared to this tired old turd.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Visually dazzling, well shot and perhaps richer in character than the first film -- but also nowhere near as clever, refreshing or funny.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

It is the epitome of lazy Hollywood filmmaking.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

There are one or two good jokes and the cast is mainly likeable but the rest of the material is so predictable and tawdry that the entire film becomes something of a chore

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times | Comment (1)

...almost the same gang of dimwits are up to the same shenanigans, with Thailand substituting for Vegas.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (6)
Movie Metropolis

The guys are just as clueless after a wild night on the town, but getting lost amid the goggle-bright lights of Las Vegas seems like a fairground ride compared to Bangkok.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

One drink too many, The Hangover Part II relies too much on its talented cast and not enough on the laughs.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

This is not a case of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery-it is indolent narcissism of the most nauseating kind.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

More a horror than a comedic film, as if Todd Phillips is making a kind of "Heart of Darkness" argument with Bangkok as his backdrop.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Comment (1)
Film Snobs

If you can look past the fact that this film is closer to a remake than a sequel, it's an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. Might not be original, but it's still funny.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

...as needless a contemporary sequel as one can easily recall...

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It might not be quite as much fun as the first film but it's fun enough - and that's all that counts. Plus, there's a monkey in it.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comment (1)
The Age (Australia)

"It happened again." That's the opening gambit of The Hangover: Part II, but sadly the same can be said of the franchise.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

If you liked The Hangover, you're going to like The Hangover Part II because it is the same movie.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Comments (2)
Boston Herald

Hangover 2 far too Familiar

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Comment (1)
Illinois Times

Audience Reviews for The Hangover Part II

Just because a sequel uses the same formula as its predecessor, it doesn't mean that it's the same movie. If you like these characters and the general idea, you're going to love it's more deranged second entry. What is most important for a comedy is the actual comedy; which is just as effective, if not more so than the original. Shenanigans don't even come close to the bizarre and demented occurrences that the Wolfpack experience. The level of destruction that occurs is so hilarious that you can't even explain it in words. I think the chemistry between Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms has only gotten stronger in the two years since the first. Pretty much any joke attempted had me laughing really hard and this movie accomplishes everything it sets out to do. It really is extremely fun and in my opinion matches up to the reputation it etablished the first time around. Anyone who complains about this has only themselves to blame because you should know exactly what you're getting into from the previews and interviews. I honestly don't think you could call it The Hangover if it wasn't about a bunch of guys getting messed up and not remembering the night before.
November 14, 2013
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

Bangkok? Well the pacts did another crazy thing as the first movie.. The same formula was used here and for me it just as same as the first movie, they just need a better twist.. Overall, I'm not that impressed with this sequel..
September 6, 2013
ajaymuthecooldevils
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

There's little to say about it that hasn't been said: where the first movie was fresh and full of surprises, the second followed the template EXACTLY, to the point that you knew the jokes before they arrived, and when they did, they couldn't shock you, all the sting had been taken out of them. It proves that all the first movie did was unearth a formula: five minutes into this one, when one character is discovered to be missing (again), you hear the line "Did anyone check the roof?", and you know it's already gotten as funny as it's going to get. Of course a third movie was made (and sold huge), but as a one-off, The Hangover could have become a classic; with the sequels, it's exposed itself as a laugh-by-numbers project and the legacy will be forever diminished.
August 17, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

The Hangover Part II has got to be one of the most uninspired comedy sequels ever made. What's really sad is that it starts with a bang, even if it's predictable. But then the film losses it's fire and navigates the same territory as the first. For one big exception, this second entry amps up the offensive humor, and it borderlines on tasteless. That's the worst part about this film is that the humor this time around is forced, predictable and tasteless. The film suffers from predictability, and those who've seen the first, should pass up on this sequel. The film isn't worth watching, and in fact it's pretty boring with nothing new to add. This has been said in almost every Hangover 2 review, but this film adds absolutely nothing new. I didn't like this film because it was boring, a wasted opportunity and the jokes were the same, but they tried to outdo the gags and it ended being plainly messed up (not in a good way). The jokes feel wrong and forced, and you end chuckling, but never truly laughing like you were when watching the first one. The film manages to have a few laughs, but as a whole and as a comedy, it fails. The Hangover Part 2 is simply a cash grab and it's a piss poor attempt at a sequel. If you want my advice save your $$$$ and rewatch the first film. The first is the best and will always be the best. This sequel is awful, one that really doesn't deliver anything worthwhile for fans of the original. This film could have been great, but most of gags fall flat.
May 30, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Phil: Shit! Not again. No, no, no no!
    – Submitted by Jade C (4 months ago)
    1. Alan: When a monkey nibbles on a penis, it's funny in any language.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Mr. Chow: Halla, diddy a squala!!!
    – Submitted by Joe N (11 months ago)
    1. Tattoo Joe: This kid 9 years old. He's got balls twice your size. Show him your balls.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (18 months ago)
    1. Tattoo Joe: No refunds, get the fuck out.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (18 months ago)
    1. Alan: I spiked them with muscle relaxer's, and my A.D.H.D. medication.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
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