The Hangover Part II

Dir: Todd Phillips

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Warner Bros.

102 Minutes

If watching a monkey simulate fellatio sounds funny to you, by all means run out to the multiplex and see The Hangover Part II. Because like that monkey, you too will be fooled into turning tricks, but in this case you will be forking over money for a reprehensible film that is completely devoid of laughs.

Oh, Mr. Harris, you probably didn’t enjoy the first Hangover. Hold up, sister: I did like the first installment. I found it to be a raunchy, refreshing comedy that featured likable characters, an ingenious narrative device and some awesome clowning by Ken Jeong. Too bad the people behind The Hangover II decided to make the same exact movie in the sequel, this time setting the bachelor party gone awry in Thailand.

In a nutshell: it is now Stu’s (Ed Helms) turn to get married, this time to Thai beauty Lauren (Jamie Chung) who is as empty as Doug’s (Justin Bartha) wife from the first installment. Lauren’s father hates Stu, you know, in that typical older-Asian-man-hates-the-white-man kind of a way. But fuck that, let’s get to the hangover. Once again, Stu and his buddies Phil (a smarmy Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) wake up dazed and confused and have to put the pieces back together from the night before. Clues to the debauchery include a shaved head, a severed finger and that damned monkey (stepping in for the baby from Part I). I felt just as befuddled and stunned as those poor saps as I walked out of the theater.

Hey, that sounds funny, dude; what’s the problem? The problem is that director Todd Phillips and the guys behind The Heartbreak Kid and some of the later Scary Movie duds wrote a screenplay so slavishly true to the first part that they forget to instill any new laughs into the sequel. Doug is with them when they start to party, but when the trio wakes up in a shitty Bangkok apartment, Doug is basking at pool back at the hotel. Why? Because you can’t fuck with the formula, man. You can’t have Doug suddenly be horning in on the trio that made Part 1 so successful.

Phillips and company also remove any of the humane qualities from the characters and replace them with envelope-pushing facsimiles. Cooper’s Phil is more removed and does nothing except mug at the camera. Galifianakis’ Alan even repeats variations on the same jokes (instead of calling someone “a re-tard,” this time someone is “a gay”). And Ed Helms has an even worse time as poor Stu – not only does he get a copy of Mike Tyson’s tattoo on his face, he is beaten by a cane-wielding monk and then fucked in the ass by a Thai shemale. Don’t worry, Phillips is more than happy to show that combo of tits and cock in its full frontal glory.

When the first Hangover movie appeared, it had something to prove. This time around, Phillips and the gang are no longer the underdogs. But why did they have to make the same damned movie twice? The only invigorating part is when the guys see a video clip of the madness from the night before involving a fire bomb and a riot. We want to see {that} mayhem this time around. It’s a bad sign when the funniest part of the movie is the barrage of still photos that once again accompany the end credits.

Despite this warning, I’m sure many of you will still go out and see The Hangover Part II. It will make tons of money and then we can expect The Hangover Part III. But not me – I will be smart enough to put a napkin over my drink the next time around.

by David Harris

See Also- The Hangover


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