The Hangover Part II Reviews
In 2009, the world was privet to an insider's grasp of Las Vegas' ever so true slogan "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" in The Hangover. After heading to Vegas for a last single mans final hurrah, an unfortunate memory stricken threesome awaken to a comic battle with fate as a series of deadly misadventures from the night before unfolds.
In 2011, we learn the meaning of the Thai slogan "same, same but different" in the highly anticipated sequel The Hangover II. A comic crud-encrusted gem where the only things to have changed are the setting, screen writers and ... well that's it. An uncensored textbook case of 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'; Hangover II embraces the same situational based bizarre occurrence that should only ever be a one off in a persons lifetime.
A few years have passed and the 'not a real doctor' dentist Stu (Ed Helms) is now a perspective groom on the marriage chopping block. Jetting off for his nuptials to upscale resort in exotic Thailand, Stu reluctantly gets the posse; Phil (Bradley Copper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) to agree forgo the batchelor party in favor of a simple pre-wedding buddy bonding session at a beach bonfire with beer and toasted marshmallows.
It's Groundhog Day however when Phil, Alan and Ed awake in a sleazy cock-roach infested dump hotel room in Bangkok, ignorant of their location and with all the telltale signs of a night that was...
Utilizing the exact same plot references beginning with Copper's calm exclamation to the bride-to-be "We screwed up" the wolf pack have left a trail of havoc in their wake and are once again forced to uncover the mental and catastrophic events of the night passed.
Replacing the sunglasses wearing baby with a denim-jacket clad smoking drug mule monkey, the missing tooth with a lurid permanent facial tattoo and the missing groom with the bride's cello-playing child-genius/aspiring surgeon sixteen-year-old brother, who needs a new theme when a proven formula works so well.
With some extra vulgarities thrown into the mix including a transvestite stripper (or two), a hijacked aged monk with a vow of silence, a cocaine overdosed Mr. Chow, Russian thugs, a severed finger bearing a Harvard class ring, a shaved head, some secret bank codes and a frequently interrupted power grid, the only thing missing is Doug, once again left out of the dog's breakfast of action.
Galifianakis' bizarrely petulant man-child schtick works well as the embarrassing and deliberately socially inept Alan, Ken Jeong embodies sleaze as the self-styled drug-slammed international criminal Mr Chow, Mike Tyson returns in another teeth clenching singing cameo and Nick Cassavetes falls by the way side as the tattooist (a role originally shot with Mel Gibson but who's anti-Semite comments saw him dismissed from the project).
As per the first film, the best bit is always the final R-rated revelation of what really went down that night in the form of still photo montage. With its willingness to cross the filthy line again and again, guffaws of shock from the audience spew's freely as the hangover from hell scratched straight from Bangkok's underbelly embraces moral turpitude at its best.
The Verdict: After smashing R-rated box office records it is inevitable another sequel will soon be in theatres. Having already visited both America's and Asia's worlds most ethically devoid cities, director Todd Phillips must be on the search for a new location to corrupt. Maybe Europe's highest contender might be the perfect next step, who knows The Hangover III, Amsterdamage!
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 03/06/2011
It did have some parts that seemed a little unnecessary but overall I found it generally good.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It literally is the first film all over again with nothing inventive or new to add to the story or even any more character development
VERDICT: A great film, but a sequel that is literally the first film repeated isn't really a worthy film at all. Couldn't they have been more inventive?