The Hangover: Part II (2011)

The first Hangover movie was an entertaining, laugh-filled ride through Crazytown with enjoyable characters and a bit of heart to it.  The sequel is a dark, depressing, tumultuous trip through Bangkok with mean-spirited characters and a ridiculous result.  Sometimes director and co-writer Todd Phillips has some method to his madness (Old School is essentially Fight Club and it MAKES SENSE THAT WAY), but unless he gives us the cipher, I’m not going to know if I’ll ever know or care what his thought process going into filming this movie was.  Unless Warner Brothers just said they’d drive a dump truck full of money up to his house.  That would make sense.

So almost the entire plot from the first film is simply exchanged from Las Vegas to Bangkok, since Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married and his wife-to-be, Lauren (Jamie Chung), wants to please her father (Nirut Sirijanya) with letting him host the wedding.  Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) want to celebrate with him in Thailand as part of the wedding and also, the plot device from the first film, fuck-up Alan (Zach Galifianakis) wants to come along too.  Also, Ken Jeong is in it again.  And there’s an adorable monkey too.  Shit goes down and then they try to piece together the second night of their lives that they can’t remember.

I wanted to enjoy it, I really did, but I didn’t.  For me, it was kind of summing up everything that’s wrong with Hollywood these days.  It took the premise of the first film and essentially turned it into The Hangover: Bangkok.  I like continuity and call-backs as much as any guy, but it just seemed so joyless this time.  It was an easy paycheque and a no-brainer for the studio to put money into.  It’s cookie-cutter cinema, and it depressed me a bit, not gonna lie.

Also, I wish they’d have gone for a stylistic reduction of the title, like T2 or the inexplicable ID4.  They could have called it H2: WHOA.  Stupid marketing departments.  I mean look at that poster up there!  There’s like three sight gag reveals just GIVEN AWAY for free!

2.5 / 5

About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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