Bobby's Review of The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II(2011)
I was never in love with the original Hangover, but it definitely had its charms - the premise is a genius setup for a comedy, and it delivered a few belly laughs. Part II, on the other hand, represents almost everything I hate about Hollywood sequel and comedy filmmaking. It's a step-by-step retread of the original. No matter how outrageous events become, nothing is ever surprising or thrilling because, while there are different variations (Bangkok instead of Vegas! A monkey instead of a tiger!), Part II never dares to violate the precise formula of Part I. The screenwriters did not have to make a radically original sequel, but Part II is downright stale - the jokes and revelations are dead on arrival. Beyond being one of the laziest sequels in recent memory, The Hangover fails miserably as a comedy. The filmmakers have considerably upped the raunch and nastiness from Part I, and the results are nauseating. The gross-out humor goes way too far, without an ounce of wit or actual shock behind it. There are funny moments, particularly early on in the movie, which makes its utter failure all the more disappointing - there was clearly talent here, and potential to make an enjoyable sequel. But instead, The Hangover Part II lazily rehashes the same stuff, with awe-inspiringly unfunny vulgarity and ugliness making it even worse than a mere cynical cash-grab.