The Hangover Part II – C

Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper (Limitless)
Ed Helms (TV’s The Office)
Zach Galifianakis (Due Date)
Justin Bartha (National Treasure)
Ken Jeong (Role Models, Knocked Up)

The Hangover Part II will probably be the highest grossing movie this summer next to maybe Harry Potter. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s a sequel to the highest grossing, funniest comedies ever. Unfortunately This sequel feels like more of a money grab then a chance to keep a good thing going.

The movie is set two years after the first, and This time Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married, but in Thailand. His wife’s (Jamie Chung) family lives there, and so that is where the group is headed. Stu, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) all head to Thailand and Stu has insisted on no Bachelor Party, and almost didn’t even allow Alan to come along. it’s not until two nights before the wedding, after the rehearsal dinner, that Stu decides to have one sealed beer with the group at a campfire on the beach with Stu’s soon to be 16 year old brother-in-law Teddy.

In a flash we are transported to the next morning, Where the group is waking up in a sleazy hotel room in Bangkok. But now Teddy is missing, and they don’t have a clue as to what happened last night. Doug is back at the resort and doesn’t have a clue as to what happened to the three of them either because he turned in early. They search the hotel room for clues, and find a bowl of ice with Teddy’s finger in it, a Chain smoking monkey and Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), Alan’s plus one to the wedding. So the group goes on a search through Bangkok looking for Teddy, retracing there steps, and finding clues along the way, much like last time.

And that’s where this movies problem lies, the whole movie feels much like last time. The script from the first Hangover movie is basically recycled, and used again but set in Thailand. I am sure you have heard many people say this by now, but that is because it’s true. There is the basic stuff that is the same as the first one, Stu has a tattoo instead of a missing tooth, There’s a monkey instead of a baby, and Leslie Chow instead of a Tiger. Those are just little similarities compared to the giant plot pieces that are extremely similar to the first movie.

I don’t want this review to feel half assed, so later on I will explain some more similarities that bugged me in a spoilers section, but that’s coming later.

I can deal with a movie that feels similar, hell a lot of sequels are like that, but along with feeling similar The Hangover Part II just isn’t as funny. Of course there is many laugh out loud moments, but they are few and far between. Again, Alan is the funniest spouting one liners that made me laugh even when no one else was. The movie, like the first, has it’s gross out gags but even still the laughs are so spaced out, I felt like the movie just didn’t flow like it should have.

What did I like about the Hangover Part II? The characters and actors are great, the setting in Thailand is beautiful and interesting, and the laughs, when they happen, are funny. Much like the first one, You can’t help but be interested in trying to find Stu’s Soon to be Brother in law, and the story draws you in and is actually decently exciting, even though it’s so familiar.

Director Todd phillips is already making plans for a third one, I hope he learns from his mistakes, and makes it a little bit more original.

-Mitch Burns

SPOILERS BELOW – DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE!!!!!!
SPOILERS BELOW – DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE!!!!!! UNLESS YOU DON’T CARE…
SPOILERS BELOW – DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE!!!!!!
SPOILERS BELOW – DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE!!!!!!

UNLESS YOU DON’T CARE…

I WARNED YOU….

I just wanted to recount the number of similarities in this section, as I am honestly astounded by how many there are! The biggest Similarities to me happened to be parts of the script…

1. The monkey, much like the tiger from the first movie, is owned by some very powerful people (this time in Bangkok) that threaten to kill the group much like Mike Tyson did in the first movie.

2. Paul Giamatti, who plays an undercover Interpol agent named Kingsley, is undercover as a gangster who Chow owes money to. he claims to have Teddy and will give him back as soon as the group brings him Chow and he gives Kingsley the money. but when Chow gives Kingsley the money, it turns out that Kingsley is an undercover agent, he arrests Chow and admits to not actually having Teddy.

This story line is almost exactly like when, in the first movie, they run into Chow and he claims to have their missing friend Doug and he will give it to them in exchange for 80,000 dollars they supposedly stole. and when they bring him the 80,000 he actually doesn’t have Doug.

3. The ending of the hangover part II is much like the ending of the first one, Doug was trapped on top of the building, Teddy ends up being trapped in the hotel elevator. Next time around, I hope the group will check the entire hotel before actually leaving it. It could end up saving them a lot of time.

4. like the first one Stu is the one to piece it all together in his head at the last possible moment.

5. much like the first one, they find Teddy moments before the wedding is about to begin and they have to race to get there in time.

6. Like the first one, it was Alan who drugged them again, but this time he put the drugs in Marshmallows they ate around the campfire.

7. In the first movie Stu had a good time with and ended up marrying a stripper played by Heather Graham, in the second movie He ends up having sex with a prostitute, although the prostitute is actually a man.

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