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Hangover 2

A 2011 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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Did Murray Head teach you idiots anything?

  • May 31, 2011
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 with pop culture jokes and cameos.  I kept thinking of two other movies as I watched this new movie; Ghostbusters 2 in that this movie is an inferior scene for scene copy of it's superior and groundbreaking first movie and Iron Man 2, a movie that is overly as good as it's first movie but the freshness is gone.

This time it is Stu (who I affectionately called "Hen Pecked" previously) is now going to get married in Thailand and is inviting Doug, Phil and after some cajoling Alan along.  Not much has changed, Stu is still something of a pushover, Doug a blank slate (considering how much we see of him in the first movie anyway), Phil an asshole and Alan is still something of a Hairy Goof though what some critics have said about a little of Zach Galifinakis going a long way met a boiling point here as his charm wears out real quickly and he spends many scenes as an asshole. 

Stu is getting married to a lovely Thai woman but the dad, who reminded me of Louis Jourdan makes it clear that his prodigy son Danny is his pride and joy and that Stu is a wuss and intolerable.  Not detered, Stu is in love and a toast on the beach with Danny, Phil and Alan leads to.......thats right! Another mad chase through town to piece together what has happened.  Doug is well at the resort with the bride to be and her ornery father, but Stu wakes up with a Mike Tyson tattoo, Alan with a shaved head which makes me think of Zach as Curly in a Three Stooges revival and Phil is well Phil.  Danny however is missing and while it's not as big as losing the Groom in the first movie, with as hostile as the father is towards Stu, you know Stu's in what feels like a worse situation never mind Danny isn't important to the equation.

I said that the movie reminded me of Ghostbusters 2 and by that I mean that if watched side by side the first movie and second, the scenes are almost identical with what characters go through, what happens to who, how problems get resolved and as I watched I felt like I had already seen the movie and knew what was going to happen next.  I'm not going to spoil anything but trust me, it's familiar territory.  We get the photo montage at the finale where we get to see how some of those incidents in the movie happens and that includes the moment where the movie bottoms out completely. 

The movie hits it's points by having Alan taking a monkey around town instead of the baby, a facial deformity for Stu, the return of Chow and oh yes Mike Tyson who belts out "One Night in Bangkok" the song by the aforementioned Murray Head that is meant to be a cap to the movie but sadly fails to realize that the song decrys the very antics that the movie gets itself into.

Hangover II isn't bad but it isn't new and lacks the effective freshness that the first film had.  The ante is upped by having more raunch and more perilous situations as the first in an even more sinful locale then even Vegas.  I will await a third Hangover movie which will take place where Stu loses an eye, Alan finds a conjoined twin and Phil wakes up with a donkey in his bed and it all happens in Tijuana.
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June 01, 2011
Hm . The more I read about this movie, the more I think I should just see it as a rental. I liked the first film but while I was excited to hear of a sequel, I figured that what else can be done with a 'hangover' that the first movie didn't do well? Thanks for the review, John!
June 01, 2011
Rent it unless you really want to see what other naughtyness these three get up to. It LITERALLY almost scene for scene is the first movie just some different scenes and new ways to try and gross us out.
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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 26, 2011
It has been two years since writer-director producer Todd Phillips unleashed the mother of all benders on audiences with The Hangover. The film about four buddies on a lost weekend in Vegas was a comedic tour de force that left audiences laughing from start to finish and went on to be the highest grossing R-rated film in history. Naturally when a film does this kind of business, thoughts turned to a sequel and Phillips has returned with the original cast and crew to follow up this comedy classic.   …
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 25, 2011
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 …
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 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Time to get off the sauce, fellas.
THE HANGOVER PART II   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 …
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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