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The Hangover Part II: How does this keep happening?

  • May 25, 2011
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They keep asking this question throughout the first half of the movie, and I found myself asking the same thing through the second half. In 2009 Todd Phillips had the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, so asked himself why change a winning formula, and for those looking for more of the same, the answer is he didn't.

What was great about the first one was that, you had no idea what was coming. Each moment they tried to up the ante. Phillips had a hand in writing this one and I'm not sure what he did, but it looks like he took the last script and copied over all the big points and put them in the exact same spot. I'd be interested to see what would happen if you screened the two movies together side by side, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the same jokes hit at the exact same time.

But for what it's worth, this time it's not Doug that is getting married it’s Stu, played again by Ed Helms. The bride to be is not Heather Grahmn's character but rather a very nice Taiwanese girl named Lauren, played by Jamie Chung. And as a favor she asks Stu to bring along her brother Teddy, who plays the role of Doug by getting lost in the city. Phillips may think that by moving the location to a foreign city that this is enough to increase the danger, but really all it does is force them to ask for directions a lot.

Bradley Cooper is back as the leader of the wolf pack, while Zach Galifianakis is back as the stay at home son. All three men do a fine job reprising their roles; Galifianakis is a little more on the annoying side this time around, but the other two male leads play opposite him so graciously that it still works. Ken Jeong is around a little more this time as the effeminate gangster and it is a welcome addition to mix things up a little bit, he adds to the chemistry of the crew and takes some of the jokes that would be delivered by Galifianakis which is a welcomed new delivery.

With Mr. Chow now part of the crew Paul Giamatti is playing the role of the gangster they need to help. And that isn't the only substitution they have, Stu still has his song, but this time he is rockin out on the acoustic guitar. Playing the role of the tiger/baby is a chain-smoking drug dealing capuchin monkey. This year Stu's missing tooth was played by Mike Tyson's tattoo which I'm sure most of you saw in the trailers. They still go to a strip club where Stu falls in love with one of the dancers, which while repetitive leads to one of the funnier moments in the movie.

But really who am I to judge just this past weekend I woke up in my clothes wondering how the night finished off only to find out that my buddy almost got raped, my other friend fooled around with a big girl on the floor, I hit on a bridemaids relentlessly while enraging her big black boyfriend, broke a door at a hotel, and then as retribution most of my crew including myself got punched in the crotch Johnny Cage style. So I could probably ask myself the same question, how does this stuff keep happening, and then I remember, it's because I am looking for a good time. The movie is ridiculous and repetitive, but if you know what you are getting into before you walk in, it can be a good time and really funny. C+

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January 25, 2012
Sounds like the writers were lazy this time around. If Zach Z is more annoying than the first time then he has to be super annoying. Having seen the annoying first one, I will probably wait for this one to come to HBO.
August 06, 2011
Thanks for the warning...I liked the first movie but I think I made the right decision just waiting for this on dvd or Blu. Nice review!
May 27, 2011
Nice one! I love your final paragraph LOL...haven't we all had those WTF mornings? I heard it was raunchier than the first which has piqued my interest. So,that coupled with your review and my fear that that was going to be the case may make this a matinee flick for me. Thanks for the review!
May 27, 2011
matinee may be the way to go. It is a raunchier movie so that's where a lot of the better jokes come from, its funny, but, well you know
May 26, 2011
Thanks for this review - I was a bit afraid that exactly what you describe was going to happen. You're exactly right about what made the first movie so great...the constant surprise. It's really hard to do that twice, especially in comedy. Think I'll wait for DVD on this one.
May 25, 2011
Darn, I was hoping this was be new and improved and awesome! Still might catch it since I love stupid funny movies. Thanks for sharing, Z!
May 25, 2011
If you like funny movies or want something mindless to watch it is defiantly worth a viewing.
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review by . May 29, 2011
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