Posted on 6/06/11 11:31 AM
There are three schools of thought on The Hangover Part II. You most likely will fit into one of the three following categories: 1) The Hangover Part II was funnier than the original; 2) The Hangover Part II was not as funny as the original; or 3) both movies were trash and I would never go see either of them. If your answer is #3, please go watch a Looney Toons rerun (with all respect to the G -rated Looney Toons that I also love). However, with a $200 million worldwide take so far, chances are very good that you already have seen it and your answer will be either #1 or #2.
For me, the answer is #2. I did not find this one as funny as the original. So my question to myself - I frequently ask myself questions like, why did the TV show Lost have such a bummer of an ending - but that's another story - my question to myself is, why? Well I think it's a bit of perspective. I thought the first one would be average at best and then was shocked when it was almost a laugh a minute comedy. Sooo, I went into this one expecting a laugh a minute comedy. And I did not get one. The beginning was rough with some real dry patches. The Mike Tyson scene was forced and not funny at all - unlike the original. All the talk in the news about the penises in the film (horrors!) ruined those jokes because you now knew they were coming.
Don't get me wrong, there was a lot to like. Zack Galifianakis is as funny to watch as his name is difficult to pronounce. He reminds me of one of my favorite comedians - Curly Howard of the Three Stooges. His physical comedy and pranks are very reminiscent of old vaudevillian humor. Ed Helms remains the perfect nerd and Bradley Cooper is Bradley Cooper, especially il peut parler du français. And Ken Jeong will obviously do anything for a laugh.
Based on all the money made and records broken, it's as certain as death and taxes that there will be a Part 3 (or Episode Trois, if Cooper gets to pick). I hope when it happens that it either earns its money with more laughs or it warns me so I can adjust my expectations. As a Monday morning movie quarterback, I should have waited. For those of you who answered #1, I am glad you laughed all the way to the parking lot. However, for me, this time the laugh was on me....