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Hangover 2

A 2011 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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Time to get off the sauce, fellas.

  • May 27, 2011
Written by Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong and Todd Phillips
Directed by Todd Phillips
Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis

Alan: I wish monkeys could Skype. Maybe one day.

I must begin by stating that I was not a big fan of The Hangover, the 2009 comedy sensation that would go on to become one of the biggest R-rated successes in history and put director, Todd Phillips, on the map. My expectations going into the highly anticipated sequel were pretty low, as a result. I feel very confident in saying that this time around, I will not be in the minority with my distaste.
The Hangover part II opens exactly the same way the first one does and essentially plays out the same from there on in, except with significantly less laughter. This time out, Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married and his happy cohorts, Phil and Alan (Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) are on board to attend the impending nuptials. An innocent beer on a beach in Thailand turns into a night of cataclysmically irresponsible and morally reprehensible behavior, that finds them all waking up in a Bangkok hotel room with zero recollection of how they got there. It is then of course time to piece the evening back together again in order to find Stu’s future, teenage brother-in-law, Teddy (Mason Lee), whom the threesome have misplaced.
The original works because we’ve all been there before – well, maybe not quite therebut at least some variation of that experience, where we cannot quite remember what went down the night before. Despite not being terribly likable characters, the audience can relate and wants to forgive them their foolishness, thus forgiving themselves. The fact that it has happened to them again only portrays the guys as people with serious drinking problems who have no regard for anyone other than themselves. By the time Stu declares that he can’t believe this is happening again, I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t agree while shaking their head in shame.

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Time to get off the sauce, fellas. Time to get off the sauce, fellas. Time to get off the sauce, fellas.

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June 02, 2011
Great review, first one I have really read that disliked.
June 04, 2011
From what I understand, a lot of people out there dislike this one. You should be able to find plenty more bad reviews out there. Thanks though.
May 31, 2011
Nice review. I didn't care for the original either but I did like the idea of it. This movie is really too much like the original and doesn't stand out the way the first would but for the sequel to outshine the first isn't always easy.
June 04, 2011
It is especially difficult for the sequel to outshine the first when it is unnecessary to begin with.
May 27, 2011
I was afraid of this....I felt that a movie with this premise could only attain impact once. Joseph, your closing paragraph was just awesome!
May 30, 2011
Thanks! I really don't like these characters and they get away with so much destruction, towards themselves and others, and there are never any consequences. It is genuinely irresponsible filmmaking in my opinion.
May 30, 2011
I agree with your points. I saw it as pure male fantasy, but I really thought that what else can you really do after the first film?
June 04, 2011
That isn't going to stop them from making a third.
More The Hangover Part II reviews
review by . February 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
If you have seen the first film there is probably no reason to see this one. But like Harold and Kumar, Hollywood will force meaningless sequels on the general public if the first film was a hit. This time Stu is getting married (again?) to a Thai lady and Stu and Doug are invited but Alan is not (again?). Stu and Doug go to Stu and persuade him to invite the even more obnoxious Alan (again). Of course the three will go out and have a drink and then wake up a day later with no clue what happened …
review by . May 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Did Murray Head teach you idiots anything?
The original Hangover movie was the new standard setter in comedies.  Much like how in the mid-ninties everyone wanted to do Farrelly Brother gross out movies and then American Pie raunchfests, now we have Hangover movies and sadly we have Hot Tub Time Machine as a result.  While I didn't love the first Hangover movie, I did like the concept of putting together the results of a crazy night against a ticking clock and it's reliance on actual jokes and not just littering the story …
review by . June 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
  I remember bragging to my friends back in 2009 that I was going to see the “little-known” comedy called The Hangover on its opening night, mostly because I had already heard some of the amazing buzz coming off the film’s advanced screening and thinking it could very well be the next huge hit. Apparently I have a great foresight for modern comedy classics (it’s totally like me to have a useless skill like that), as The Hangover (Part 1) was a colossal hit. It established …
review by . May 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There is something tragically sad when Hollywood feels the need to take a good thing and destroy it.  Granted the failure of Part II was not an epic fail, but it was close enough to have been a complete disappointment.       The Hangover Part II is one of those films that you go into hoping for something to be delightfully surprised by, and granted there were a few jokes that were quite shocking, but the overall effect of the film did not survive the curse of unnecessary …
review by . May 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         One of the great failures of The Hangover Part II is that no one even attempted to make it original. Instead, director Todd Phillips settles for the path of least resistance and rehashes the exact same plot of the first movie. How is it possible that again the Wolfpack travels to a wedding away from home, and again they get drugged, and again they wake up in a strange place with no memory of the previous night’s events, and again lose an important …
review by . June 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   I'm not really getting Todd Phillips's intention besides getting more money. I can also dig a whole different ways to make money. I can dig remakes, I can dig retakes, I can dig sequels, I can dig prequels but I can't dig easy copies of movies you made before. Todd just did that. The ingredients to this comedy are the same.      Instead of Las Vegas you get Bangkok, instead of a bachelor party we get a... bachelor party, instead of missing Stu you get …
review by . June 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
15 - 102mins - Comedy - 26th May 2011   Hot off the heels of The Hangover, a massive summer success in 2008, The Hangover Part II reunites the wolfpack and the adventure begins all over again in another country and city.      This time around the setting is Thailand and Stu (Ed Helms) is the lucky groom to be. With the wedding taking place in Thailand to help Stu get along with his new relatives, the rest of the gang- Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan …
review by . May 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Much like its predecessor, “Hangover Part II” is a thoughtful reflection on the duality of human nature, and the darkness that lies within the best of people, and the prettiest of places.  On location in a beautiful paradise and just hours before a joyful event celebrating love, honor, respect and commitment between two people, three friends wake up to find themselves in a virtual hell, with no memory of the string of events that led them there.  What’s surprising is …
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Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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