Monday, May 30, 2011

The Hangover: Part II Review


The wolf pack is back, and they definitely deliver some outrageous laughs. The Hangover Part II is exactly what you’d expect. It follows the exact formula as the first, only this time around, instead of the high night life of Vegas we venture Bangkok, Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. Instead of a tiger, we have a cute little drug dealing monkey, instead of a missing tooth, we have a Mike Tyson look-a-like tattoo and instead of losing their friend Doug, they lose Stu’s bride's younger brother, Teddy.

It has the same cast, the same dynamics and follows the same amazing success as its 2009 predecessor. With a movie of this caliber one would think a sequel would fail miserably, but for some reason it magically works. Everything is as good as the last, only maybe just a couple less laughs and a tad more serious. And there were a couple scenes I seriously could have done without, but that’s to be expected, I suppose.

After the rehearsal dinner, Stu agrees to having ONE beer with his buddy’s around the beachfront bonfire, and sure enough the next morning the wolf pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Helms) wake up in some sleazy, run down, garbage dump of an apartment wondering what the heck just happened... again. After getting a handle on things, they throw themselves into the gritty hard streets of Bangkok. Phil, Stu and Alan are on the run from gangs and drug lords in search for Teddy. With the expected hilarious antics of strip clubs, obtaining extra baggage, and plenty of beatings along the way, will the wolf pack ever find Teddy, or will Bangkok claim him first?


I laughed a ton! And even though the first film is better, it was still thoroughly entertaining. You will not be disappointed. According to Box Office Mojo, for an R-rated movie, it delivered the top-grossing weekend ever ($86 million Friday-to-Sunday). And for 2011, it had the third-biggest weekend so far, edged out by Fast Five and On Stranger Tides. Impressive! It's no surprise that a follow-up to The Hangover Part II is already being planned. Personally I feel that's a bad idea, but who knows.
RATING: B-



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