I Saw A Film Today… The Hangover Part ll

I really liked The Hangover. It was something of a surprise to me. I didn’t expect the director Old School to actually make such a clever comedy. And that is why I was rather excited about The hangover Part ll… until I saw the trailer for it. I felt like I was watching the trailer for the original film. And the feeling only grew worse with each trailer that came out. Could it possibly be? Did Phillips really just change the location and not the plot? I just had to find out.

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Two years after the debauchery and events that took place in Las Vegas, Stu (Ed Helms) is finally getting married (unfortunately not to Heather Graham’s hilarious stripper). The wedding is taking place in Thailand and all the members of the wolf pack are making the trip. A few nights before the wedding itself, the boys and Teddy (Mason Lee), Stu’s fiancée brilliant brother, all decide to have one beer around a bonfire to toast Stu’s future union.

Come the next morning, the fire has gone out and none of them are to be found around the hotel. Instead they are in a seedy Bangkok hotel room. Stu wakes up with Mike Tyson’s tattoo on his face. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has a shaved head. Why is Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and a monkey with them? And why is the only evidence Teddy was with them is his severed finger?

What follows is a trip through Bangkok that leads the boys to some odd places to say the least. They meet unfriendly Russian drug dealers, tranny strippers, angry Buddhist monks, and a shady businessman named Kingsly (Paul Giamatti) who has a bone to pick with Mr. Chow.

To call The Hangover Part ll a carbon copy of the original film would be rather harsh, but a pretty close description. Even Bradley Cooper has said such in an interview. Did they really think this would work out for the best? There is so much potential for this film to better than it is but that is squandered unfortunately.

Not to say this film isn’t absurdly funny. It’s ruder and cruder this time around as well (nude shemales to anyones likings?). If you have no problem siting through the same format and are a fan of the original, you should have a few laughs along the way.

And the performances are pretty solid as well. Indeed, the wolf pack have not lost their touch for comedy gold. Galifianakis is still childish and Helms still steals every scene he’s in. Cooper still plays the somewhat level head of the group. Again, all thing from the first but this is good. The trials and virtues of friendship is the best part of this series in my opinion.

Phillips says that if they do indeed plan to produce a Part lll, it will vastly deviate from the first two. Now I would really like to see that film.

Verdict: RENT IT!

* A very special thank you to Aubrianna Wallace for sharing this cinematic adventure with me.

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3 Responses to “I Saw A Film Today… The Hangover Part ll”

  1. What’s missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise and the actual joy of having all these crazy situations happen. This is a dark and morbid cash-in and nothing more, except with some chuckles. Good review!

  2. It was pretty hilarious! And I was glad to share the adventure!

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