102 Min | Comedy | May 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
The Hangover Part II Review: The Hangover was a surprise hit in 2009 that went on to be not only a critically acclaimed film, but also a huge box office success. The Hangover Part 2 is exactly the same movie except this one takes place in Bangkok, and isn’t nearly as good or as funny as the first film. This time around Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married and they’re having the wedding in Thailand, which is his future wife’s home country. Coming back along with him we have bad boy Phil (Bradley Cooper), the groom from the previous movie Doug (Justin Barth), and the person who practically stole the entire first movie, Alan (Zach Galafianakis). Once in Thailand we meet a slew of new characters who really don’t ever seem to matter all that much and eventually we get to the next day and where the movie turns into an exact copy of the first one.
Why the writers and director thought essentially remaking the first movie would be good is beyond me. Other than they figured it would make a ton of money regardless of how they made it. But to make almost exact scenes over again is just ridiculous. The gang loses one of their own again but this time it isn’t Doug, it’s Stu’s soon to be brother-in-law Teddy. They wake up and have no idea as to what happened the previous night and have to go on another wild adventure to try and figure out everything that happened, only this time it doesn’t seem nearly as interesting. They even go as far as to bring back characters from the first movie that have no business even being in this one. Ken Jeong comes back as Mr. Chow and while he was one of the few funny characters, he really served no purpose in being there. Mike Tyson also comes back for another cameo, singing once again. Only this time it feels like it was just crammed in because he was in the last one and had a really great cameo. In The Hangover Part II it’s just unnecessary and makes you wish he didn’t show up.
Our main characters this time around aren’t even as funny as they were before. Alan just seems almost too outrageous and crazy, Stu freaks out every moment of the movie and Phil is just kind of there throughout. All in all, The Hangover Part II felt like it was made just to cash in on the very successful first movie and they ended up just remaking the first one only this time it wasn’t nearly as good.