The Hangover Part II (15)

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Comedy

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE From left, Galifianakis, Cooper and Helms deal with a situation. Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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Time Out says

Tue May 24 2011

Your head hurts like hell, the whole thing feels horribly familiar, and it’s just not funny any more. Can this really be happening again? Todd Phillips’s sequel to (remake of?) his rude adult comedy about a stag night snafu is not so much more of the same as exactly the same, but set in Bangkok and minus the laughs.

During their Vegas bachelor night debauch, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) lost the groom on the eve of his wedding; this time, they lose the Thai bride’s innocent 16-year-old brother on the eve of her marriage to Stu. Last time, the trio found a baby in their trashed hotel room; this time they get to babysit a capuchin monkey. Previously, dentist Stu lost a tooth and married a stripper; on this occasion, he gets a facial tattoo and is butt-fucked by a transvestite hooker. The camp, angry Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) sprang from the locked boot of their car; the hotel’s locked ice machine serves the same function here.

The generic car chases and gunplay – involving Russian gangsters, a sinister wheeler-dealer (Paul Giamatti) and Mr Chow’s dodgy dealings – are contrived and unexciting. Since the dialogue isn’t funny, everyone overacts to make up for the lack of humour or threat. Together with co-writers Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin, director Phillips serves up a tasteless, warmed-over version of the same dish, spiced with local Thai colour. Also, despite a predictably sweet happy ending, the script’s homophobia and racial stereotyping leave a sour aftertaste.

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15

UK release:

Fri May 27, 2011

Duration:

102 mins

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David

Have to agree with the majority here. It's crass and witless stuff but has a good moment at the end. When they've figured out what happened when they were all drunk one of them recharges his phone to find he has taken pictures of everything that happened so as the credits roll you see the shots. Otherwise, bleurgh!

jock

same as the first---IE ok,, no where near the humour of Due date,but bearable---

Roberto

All you people who don't rate this film are low life's. Very good film. Very funny. How can you say it's not. *******

Roberto

All you people who don't rate this film are low life's. Very good film. Very funny. How can you say it's not. *******

_Matt_77_

As someone who absolutely loved Hangover (I think I gave it *****) and who really enjoyed Paul (I think I gave it ****), I found Hangover II to be occasionally, even fairly regularly hilarious (in an utterly puerile way, of course), but I felt that it suffered from a slow build-up and that the moments of hilarity were just a bit too thinly spread. Overall it was an entertaining comedy but not a true classic in the tradition of Hangover. I find it very disappointing that the outstanding Hangover should be followed by such an average, middle-of-the-road offering, but it's still worth viewing. My friend (who had not seen Hangover) really enjoyed Hangover II despite the fact that Hangover II references Hangover in a number of places, effectively creating in-jokes which my friend was excluded from. ... Why does the official review contain so many spoilers? Also, this movie does not have racist or homophobic undertones, and whilst it follows the same general format as the previous film, it's certainly not a carbon copy of it.

TRUTHTELLER.

Ignore the movie police who want to have every film judged by whether it makes a social statement, gives us a lecture, or tries to shove their its down out throat , whereas the rest of us just go the movies to be entertained. As usual, the movie police are wrong. This movie is a whole lot of fun and I laughed a lot. I actually thought it was better than the first one and I liked that one too! Looking forward to Part #3!

Ric

What a sequel. Its a must see if you loved the 1st Hangover. Alan steals the show again!

Matt

Echoing what most of the other users have said... it's a comedy and it delivers! Yes, it may not be overly original, but that's not why you go to a sequel - you want more of the same, but with the odd twist and turn! They threw in heaps of twist (as you'd expect), the acting is great, and the whole film is a bit darker and edgier as you'd expect from it being set in bangkok. Like one of the other reviewers said, what's great about the film, is that this stuff COULD happen in bangkok. Great movie, skip it at your peril!

Chloe

Don't waste your money! Absolutely loved the first Hangover would watch it everyday if I could so could not wait for the sequel...... There were some fun parts but basically it was just an exact copy of the first just in a different city. If you must see it at least wait for the DVD release!

critique

Haven`t seen The Hangover so this wasn`t hindered for me by any potential repetition. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Joe

I though it was awful, worst film of the year so far, it lacked any element of surprise which was soo good about the first one. DON'T WATCH IT!

ed

LOVED IT. It's a COMEDY you doofii! And it delivers. I went to have a laugh and laugh I did. In this age of unfunny "surreal and unnatural" humour like WIll Ferrell or Danny Mc Bride (Other Guys / Your Highness), it's about time a comedy came down the line that contained great acting, funny characters and invnetive situations.. All of this stuff COULD happen in Bangkok! So for me four stars. Save Herzog, Tarr et al for Sunday afternoon. This is a true FRIDAY night movie!

Thomas Noctor

Quality film,ignore the haters saw it tonight for the second time, a worthy sequel! This time out reviewer has no sense of humour!

Thomas Noctor

Quality film,ignore the haters saw it tonight for the second time, a worthy sequel! This time out reviewer has no sense of humour!

Andrew

1 star is spot on. a shocking waste of my time, and the only laugh came from a changing room scene. but i'm sure the 'public' will love this absolute trash of a movie.

Jasmine

This movie is hilarous! I was laughing the whole way through. The actors are amazing and it had an excellent story line. I want to watch this again and i can't wait until it comes out on DVD because i'll be the first one to buy it. Amazing film and deserves to be a 5 star rating!!

Jasmine

This movie is hilarous! I was laughing the whole way through. The actors are amazing and it had an excellent story line. I want to watch this again and i can't wait until it comes out on DVD because i'll be the first one to buy it. Amazing film and deserves to be a 5 star rating!!

Ian

Don't believe the 4 and 5 star reviews from teenage boys. It is worth 2 stars at best. Most of the laughs came from teenage boys when I watched it this afternoon. Don't get me wrong it isn't awful just not very good. Its thr same premice as the first film just a bit more mad and a bit more smutty and childish.

steve meyer

a little “safe� — true to the original movie, yet very entertaining. A nice escape from the ‘real world’, with some good old fashion Hollywood fun and action. (your Key) लेखक डैन ब�राउन स�टीव meyer संत anthonys चर�च पिता mollinger Coming off the heels of his very suuccessful Limitless Motion Picture, coming out soon on DVD and Blu-ray, Bradley Cooper has cemented his place presently as one of the hottest (I don’t mean looks wise) Actors on the planet right now. Steve Meyer Read more: The Hangover: Part II review | TotalFilm.com

scrumpyjack

(To the director) Liked THE HANGOVER (note, crude, ***) Liked DUE DATE (note, crude, ***) and liked THE HANGOVER 2 (note, crude, ***) NOW, do you have anything else for us, as I think you have exhausted the crude 3* rating.

Marsellus

The film has its moments and it's good to see the cast back together - but Hangover Part Deux is definitely a pale imitation of the original. I'm not really bothered that the story is so similar to the original. All I look for in a comedy is whether it makes me laugh or not. While it had funny moments, I'd definitely say the 1st Hangover is funnier. If there is another sequel I'll still be in the queue on opening day. I kind of hope they don't make another though. I think it may only get worse.

long cat

Ignore Nigel Lloyd's review - he is sad. This is a brilliant comedy which will leave you in tears with laughter. A fitting sequel to the 6 star original. Great location, great cast and wonderful double entendres neatly hidden in a great script. Lloyd would probably give 5 stars for Paint Drying

long cat

Ignore Nigel Lloyd's review - he is sad. This is a brilliant comedy which will leave you in tears with laughter. A fitting sequel to the 6 star original. Great location, great cast and wonderful double entendres neatly hidden in a great script. Lloyd would probably give 5 stars for Paint Drying

Thomas Noctor

Is this reviewer for real? Home Alone 1 and 2 are carbon copies and still legendary! Excellent sequel, had Me laughing and cringing all at once! So what if it's simular? Doesn't make that a bad thing with a cast like this! A must see for fans of the original, class movie. Had Me and My Wife in stitches! Ignore that useless review!

Thomas Noctor

Is this reviewer for real? Home Alone 1 and 2 are carbon copies and still legendary! Excellent sequel, had Me laughing and cringing all at once! So what if it's simular? Doesn't make that a bad thing with a cast like this! A must see for fans of the original, class movie. Had Me and My Wife in stitches! Ignore that useless review!