G-S-T Review…The Hangover Part II

Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part II is basically more of the same, and by that I mean more lunacy, more hilarity and more Wolfpack! And yes friends, that’s funny in any language. As a huge fan of the unexpectedly hilarious first Hangover, this sequel had such high expectations going in. While comes pretty close to being as great it does fall short due to the fact it is such a rampant rehash of the first film with little new to offer. Then again, did anyone expect anything different from the trailers and the premise? Didn’t think so.

When last we left our inebriated heroes they successfully got Doug to the altar and everything was right with the world. Now, two years later, we find that Stu’s quickie marriage didn’t last but fret not you romantics, Stu has himself a new flame/fiancée. Further, he wants his best friends to be in the wedding. But as fate would have it they are unknowingly drugged and dragged through a night they can’t remember, are in danger of missing the wedding…and are one man down (Stu’s future brother in law Teddy). The finger pointing begins and as Alan masterminded the boys’ last crazy night of questionable legality, this time it’s actually not his fault. With little facts but an actual finger, The Wolfpack is on an all too similar trek, this time through every seedy dive bar, tattoo shop and even a monastery in Bangkok to find Teddy.

Familiar? Sure is! *queues music* Everybody…”Second verse, same as the first but a lot more crazy and a little bit worse“. Yup, that’s The Hangover Part II in a nutshell; an almost shot for shot retread of the first film. But is that a bad thing? Nah, not at all because with a film as unexpedely awesome as the first Hangover, why even try to improve on it? Same again bartender! It’s a formula everyone loves and so we get the the same thing this time its raunchier and more over the top.

In a film like this, I can’t tell you how great it is that everyone, and I do mean everyone (including Jeffrey Tambor) is back for this sequel. Even Phillips regular Bryan Callen is here (playing a different character) helping make the offensive escapades in this foreign sojourn feel familiar. The Hangover is really a three man team and while you shouldn’t expect any different (see poster at right) I’m a bit bummed that again we find poor Justin Bartha’s Doug (the missing 25% of the Wolfpack) left out of all the fun. But he’s probably the better for it as he can say he has all 10 fingers, no gunshot wounds, no tattoos and gets to keep his hair.

Galifinakis is definitely the mascot of this series and makes for some of the funniest lines in the movie. Cooper’s jokes are his signature brand of condescension and Helms, the closest thing to a straight man, tries to keep a level head through all the madness. The guys play the same roles to the letter and the good news is that the nods to the first film and the great chemistry between Galifinakis, Helms and Cooper again proves to be a winning combination…especially in all of this sequel’s shocking and insane glory.

This highly anticipated sequel does get thin at times but Phillips makes up for with sheer audacity. There’s new levels of squirm inducing hilarity and The Hangover part II nearly redefines the idea of going too far as man, oh, man…somethings just can’t be unseen. Despite the shock and awfully crude, there’s nothing really new to the wonderful and hysterical formula set up by the first film. But come on, people are’t here for character development. They want to laugh and that said, you’ll know exactly what to expect and like me I suspect you’ll laugh at every cringe worthy minute of it.

Finally, remember how the photos in the credits were the best part of the first Hangover? Well the team really outdoes themselves with a series of unrated (read: obscenely unrated) pictures that make up for all the slow and less than funny parts of the movie.

G-S-T RULING:

Now one thing before we part ways quicker than a heroin dealing monkey running from the fuzz. The rating below does in no way mean I didn’t like this, not the case at all. I just had real trouble giving this film higher marks based on our ranking system. So just because the numbers are low doesn’t mean the jokes weren’t up to par. From the looks of the graphic it puts this in the ranks of films that disappointed us (like Predators and The Expendables), but take our word for it – The Hangover Part II is HYSTERICAL!

 

Comments

  1. I haven’t seen the first one yet, but I heard on the radio this one is even raunchier. I don’t think I’ll be seeing it.

    But anyways, I just stop by to wish you CONGRATS on the two LAMMY nominations, Marc. Well done!

    • It certainly is Ruth…funny but some things you just can’t unsee:P

      Bu thanks a bunch and to you as well. You know I was completely befuddled not seeing you nominated for MOST PROLIFIC. As soon as I saw the categories you were the first person I thought of. Know this, I voted for you:)

  2. I would watch anything with Galifanakis playing this character, so I’m down for this shizzle.

    • Some reviews say his character gets tired, but I’m with you. I could watch ten movies with ZG playing Alan! Thanks for the comment:)

  3. I am up for this one. I loved the first film. Such a great laugh all the way to the end of the credits. Ken Joeng makes me die in it as well ‘See ya later gay boys….’

    He looks funny in this episode too. Great.

    Love this quote Marc…
    ”Second verse, same as the first but a lot more crazy and a little bit worse“.

    Cracking

    Custard

    • Mr. Chow has enough lines in this one you’ll be quoting him for a week. If you like him, you’ll love his role here!

  4. This just annoyed me because nothing was different from the first one really. Same jokes, but less joy to the overall product. Good Review Marc!

    • Thanks again Dan. But the lack of originality is actually the underlying joke of the sequel. While I’m not defending it, the complete and utter redo is a joke in itself and therefore why they didn’t need to do anything different. Sure it was thin and I too was left wanting something new, but some people just don’t get the hidden message/humor of it all. I pray the third will break new ground, because the jokes will simply not work a third time around:P

  5. I was excited to see this until I kept hearing that they played it safe and basically made the same movie as last time. Unfortunate that they couldn’t come with something new for the Wolfpak if it’s true. I’ll still check it out at some point I’m sure.

    • My stance is that people (myself included) came to see the Wolfpack regardless of their misadventures. It’s the chemistry between the three that make it appealing not just the events/location…Or am I the only one thinking that?:P

  6. …looking for strippers and cocaine…