By: Andy Chruscicki
Rating: 5 out of 10
Shame on Todd Phillips and anyone else involved with making The Hangover Part II. The Hangover had it all and achieved it all. It was hailed by almost everyone as one of the, if not the, greatest comedies ever, not to mention being the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.
However, with all this success, Phillips forgot the golden rule about comedies and that is never, ever make a sequel because they are never as good as the original. The Hangover Part II is a prime example of this because no matter what it has, it will always be compared to the original and its inadequacies will always overshadow anything else it offers.
Much like the original, The Hangover Part II starts off with one of the main characters on their way to being married. This time around, it’s Stu (Ed Helms) who is about to walk down the aisle and instead of doing it in Las Vegas, it is taking place overseas in Thailand. So with their friend getting married, the rest of the wolf pack, Phil, Alan and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha respectively) fly with Stu to attend the ceremony.
However, when one beer turns into an all night party, Stu, Phil and Alan wake up in a seedy hotel again with no recollection of the previous night. Not only that, but they’ve lost Stu’s fiancée’s brother, Teddy. With only a day and a half until the wedding, the boys have to re-track their steps a second time in the hopes of finding Teddy and having Stu back in time to get married.
Simply stated, The Hangover Part II is a massive disappointment. After the comedic genius of the original etched itself into the brains of the American public, its sequel leaves you wishing for something more. The laughs are few and far between and some of them feel forced.
Not only that, but almost every sequence is way over the done and way over the top giving the movie a feeling that whoever made it was trying way to hard. The original was somewhat over the top, but none of it ever seemed excessive.
The biggest flaw in the film though is its lack of creativity. There aren’t many new jokes and if the film feels familiar, it’s because the plot is essentially a recycling of the plot from the original. There is so many ways The Hangover Part II could have gone but instead it chooses the lazy and uncreative route leaving the audience with essentially the same film as the original.
There is no denying the great chemistry between Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis. Any time those three are on the screen together, it is always good for at least a small chuckle and none of the interaction between the three seems awkward. They go together very well and that’s one of the few great things these films have going for them. Cooper is notable by himself for some of his terrific one liners but those unfortunately are very rare.
Ken Joeng is also great reprising his role as gangster Leslie Chow. Every time he is on the screen he is very funny and just when you think he can’t come up with another great line, he does. If there is one thing to take from this film is that Joeng isn’t too far from being one of the most in demand comedic actors in Hollywood.
If you miss the wolf pack and want to see what they’re up to this time, then check out The Hangover Part II. If you want laughs and don’t want to see the same thing twice, you’re better off just watching the original.