The Hangover Part II Review #2

By: Emily Kellas
Rating: 8 out of 10

The incapacitated party boys are back. The Hangover Part II premiered this weekend, to extremely excited and skeptical audiences. Directed by Todd Philips, the film follows the same group of guys we got to know in the first movie, while adding in a few new faces.

Zach Galifinakis, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, and Ken Jeong reprise their roles in this much anticipated sequel, while the talents of Mason Lee, and Jamie Chung are introduced to the cast. The film is what you expect it to be; rude, crude, and ridiculous.  With that said, The Hangover: Part II has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The film follows Alan (Galifinakis), Stu (Helms), Phil (Cooper) and Doug (Bartha) as they attempt to celebrate the impending marriage of Stu to his Thai fiancée Lauren (Chung). The group travels to the Thailand for the nuptials, where a well intentioned and closely monitored bachelor bonfire turns into a night that none of them remember. Upon awaking and realizing that” it” has happened again (this time in Bangkok), they begin to piece together their night only find that Lauren’s little brother Teddy (Lee), who had been with them for the night, is missing. The rest of the film follows the group as they try desperately to find Teddy and save Stu’s wedding.

All of the actors are once again perfect in their roles, although I fear that Zach Galifinakis’s Alan may pigeon hole him, but as usual he delivers. The relocation of the cast to Bangkok also makes for some fantastically beautiful shots and awkward cultural clashes. And the newest characters added to the film bring in a moment of freshness that lasts only that, a moment.

It seems that every reviewer’s main qualm with the film is the fact that, really, it is exactly the same as the first. But with that said the film differs somewhat from its predecessor in that it steps up the gross out factor, and makes the stunts just a little more ridiculous, but that’s where the difference ends. All in all it remains the lesser of the two, and seems to have been simply thrown together in an attempt to quickly reap the benefits of the originals popularity.

Though the film was funny, it came no where near that of the first, but in the end it did what it set out to do, which was to make money, and lots of it. There was very little originality, and even less truly comedic moments. But if you liked the first, The Hangover Part II will certainly keep you laughing, but it will remain forgettable in the realm of comedy as the summer rolls on.

The incapacitated party boys are back. The Hangover Part II premiered this weekend, to extremely excited and skeptical audiences. Directed by Todd Philips, the film follows the same group of guys we got to know in the first movie, while adding in a few new faces. Zach Galifinakis, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, and Ken Jeong reprise their roles in this much anticipated sequel, while the talents of Mason Lee, and Jamie Chung are introduced to the cast. The film is what you expect it to be, rude, crude, and ridiculous but with that said it has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The film follows Alan (Galifinakis), Stu (Helms), Phil (Cooper) and Doug (Bartha) as they attempt to celebrate the impending marriage of Stu to his Thai fiancée Lauren (Chung). The group travels to the Thailand for the nuptials, where a well intentioned, and closely monitored bachelor bonfire some how turns into a night that none of them remember. Upon awaking and realizing that it has happened again this time in Bangkok, they begin to piece together their night only find that Lauren’s little brother Teddy (Lee), who had been with them for the night, is missing. The rest of the film follows the group as they try desperately to find Teddy and save Stu’s wedding.

All of the actors are once again perfect in their roles, although I fear that Zach Galifinakis’s Alan may pigeon hole him, but as usual he delivers. The relocation of the cast to Bangkok also makes for some fantastically beautiful shots and awkward cultural clashes. And the newest characters added to the film bring in a moment of freshness that lasts only that, a moment.

It seems that every reviewer’s main qualm with the film is the fact that, really, it is exactly the same as the first. But with that said the film differs somewhat from its predecessor in that it steps up the gross out factor, and makes the stunts just a little more ridiculous, but that’s where the difference ends. All in all it remains the lesser of the two, and seems to have been simply thrown together in an attempt to quickly reap the benefits of the originals popularity.

Though the film was funny, it came no where near that of the first, but in the end it did what it set out to do, which was to make money, and lots of it. There was very little originality, and even less truly comedic moments. But if you liked the first, The Hangover Part II will certainly keep you laughing, but it will remain forgettable in the realm of comedy as the summer rolls on.

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