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Hangover 2

A 2011 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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Reviewed: The Hangover Part II [2011]

  • Jun 1, 2011
Rating:
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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 (Zach Galifianakis) head out planning for a more relaxing version of their Las Vegas debauchery. This time however there is another party goer in the form of the brides 16 year old brother Teddy (Mason Lee).

Suffice to say the unthinkable happens and they wake up in the middle of Bangkok and each sporting a very impressive hangover again. Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) also returns and is given a more prominent role in this one with his extreme character providing some of the films more amusing moments.

The writers and director seem to have stuck to the same winning principals of the last film almost identically which you might consider to be a good thing. Yes it is more vulgar and over the top than the last one and they have tweaked it slightly but there is no real variation whatsoever from the original. The tiger is now a monkey, the broken tooth is now a tattoo, a character goes missing etc. This results in a very disappointing movie as not only are you getting the same jokes in the same order with the same characters but you can work out exactly what is going to happen next.

The original won us over due to it's outrageous and original scenarios, this just increases the outrageousness/nudity and thinks that's all that's required to create another success. Completely wrong. In fact most of the best moments come from the characters reminiscing about what they got up to in the first movie. If it wasn't for the nostalgia and likeability of the characters that was build up from the first film, I would have struggled to laugh more than once or twice.

Although I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first one, I was still hoping for an entertaining movie that could have at least tried to break slightly from the template of the first. Alas it fails to achieve this and the result is a distinctly average film that's just been rehashed. I'd rather have just watched the first one again to be honest.

Rating: 5.7/10

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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 31, 2011
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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
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  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
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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 . May 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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