May 27, 2011
Review - " Hangover II " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring:Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha,
Ken Jeong, Mason Lee, Jeffrey Tambor, Jamie Chung, Bryan Callen,
Paul Giamatti, Sasha Barrese, Aroon Seeboonruang, Nirut Sirichanya,
After getting drunk, drugged, stealing a tiger, a police car and a small
Asian man – and misplacing their best friend in the process – you
would think Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach
Galifianakis) would have learned their lesson about having 'one last
night out with the guys.' But apparently not. What can these boys
possibly do that they hadn't already done in Vegas? Well The
Hangover Part 2 proves there is a whole lot more shenanigans to get
up to. Shaved heads, a smoking monkey, drug busts, missing fingers,
the list goes on and on.
The format is the same, the plot is the same, the major problems are
even the same - but the laughs are brand new. Director Todd Phillips
finds a way to create the same magic he did in the first film and bring it
all the way around the world to Bangkok.
A cell phone rings. On the other end is Phil. As the phone is
answered all Phil can mutter is “it happened again!” It certainly did.
“The Hangover II” is the story of what happens to the Wolfpack when
they travel to Thailand to attend the wedding of their friend Stu. Also
along for the ceremony are Alan and Doug (Justin Bartha, who spent
the majority of the first film off screen). When it is suggested that the
gang, accompanied by Stu’s fiancé’s brother Teddy (Mason Lee), go
out for just one drink you know things aren’t going to end well. But getting to the end is part of the fun of “The Hangover
Part II.” The Wolfpack slip easily into their roles, not missing a beat. Cooper is the handsome one, Helms the overly-
nervous one and Galifianakis is…well, Galifianakis. When the boys wake up after their “one” beer and find themselves in a
seedy motel in Bangkok they think things can’t get any worse. At least until they discover themselves in the company of Mr.
Chow (Ken Jeong), their nemesis from the first film. The jokes get funnier and funnier while the boys search the city for
Teddy (who they’ve apparently misplaced) and find themselves dealing with gangsters, bad cab drivers and a cigarette
smoking monkey. The laughs come fast and furious, as does the boy’s horror every time a search for Teddy ends in the
words “Bangkok has him.”
The entire plot is strategically exactly the same as the first from start to finish - so if you haven't seen the first Hangover or
you're a little foggy on the details, it might be worth another watch so you can catch all the little intricacies cleverly placed in
Some people may complain it's unoriginal and too formatted, but that's what makes this sequel so good. You know what to
expect...but then you really don't. The basics are the same, but the genius is in the details. The inappropriate jokes and
events are taken to a whole other level and you are left asking yourself, 'did that actually just happen?'
Since we know what to expect from the three "best friends that anybody could have," the chemistry between them is so much
funnier and their jokes take on a whole different meaning. You feel like you're part of their little circle as an audience and it
works really well.
Again, Galifianakis is the breakout star - he plays Alan even better this time around. Even when all three are going through
a really rough time the morning after their unknown adventures, Alan seems to get it even worse. He loses his best monkey
friend, his hat, and his ice cream cone -- the other two just can't compete. You never know what he's going to say next and
everything that comes out of his mouth is just pure genius.
Surprisingly (yet not so surprisingly for a guy-party flick), when all is said and done, the guys wives (minus Alan) are totally
cool with their husbands coming back days later looking like they've been through hell and back. Guys, don't think this will
ever happen to you... EVER.
If you're looking for a new film with brand new characters, details, and partying -- you're not going to find it with The
Hangover Part 2. What you will find is a ton of WTF moments, brutal jokes, and an overall hilarious time in Bangkok.