Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Hangover 2
Two years after their crazy bachelor party in Las Vegas, the Wolf pack reunites to go to Stu's wedding in Thailand. After plans for Stu's bachelor brunch goes awry, the Wolf pack finds themselves in a seedy Bangkok motel with no memory and missing Stu's soon to be 16 year old brother in law. Will the Wolf pack finds Stu's brother in law in time for him to get married, well I am not going to ruin that part.
Hangover 2 is directed by Hangover director and veteran comedy director Todd Phillips and reunites pretty much the entire cast from the first film. Bradley Cooper seemed to literally just be here for the paycheck. His performance seems totally mailed in. Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis are both over the top, which is fine except when you add a lot more Ken Jeong to that to make it just too much. In a lot of ways this movie reminds me of American Pie 2 and not in a good way. The Hangover 2 is the definition of a studio trying to cash in on a successful "out of the blue" movie. Much like the first American Pie, the Hangover was kind of a perfect storm. A very entertaining and (I can't stress enough the importance of it being a) "new" concept along with a great deal of word of mouth support. Where the Hangover 2 is an almost step by step rehash of the original plot, with the exception of a lot more of Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), which, much like Stiffler in the American Pie movies, is not a good thing.
There were a five or six moments in the film that were laugh out loud funny, but are almost too over the top to do so. I am not saying you won't enjoy the movie; I am mainly just questioning why it needed to be made in the first place.
My rating 2 totally not needed sequels out of 5