The Hangover Part II
Out Now On-Demand
The team from 2009's hilarious The Hangover return - cast Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, even Mike Tyson, plus director Todd Phillips.
This time Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to Bangkok for Stu’s (Helms) wedding. After the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu's taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. But one quiet drink before bed turns into a night worthy of a sequel. The next morning they awake with baldness, Tyson facial tats, a monkey and a missing brother of the bride-to-be...
Rating: R16 contains offensive language,drug use and sexual content that may offend
Fans of the first version, and there are rightfully lots of them, will be delighted to know that the follow up doesn’t deviate from a formula that proved successful then. In fact, there are times when it almost feels like they just swapped Bangkok for Vegas, leading to plenty of déjà vu moments.
The series of events that make up the plot, which felt wild and out of control the first time around, can’t help but lose some of its impact when seen a second time. Using the same basic jokes also means they have to be taken further, which sees many of the key moments from the first film played bigger, but not necessarily funnier.
What works in spite of this are the familiar characters. In particular, man-child Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and gangster Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) who have more central roles and deliver plenty of laughs. Bangkok is a perfect location for the story too, with its neon squalor providing plenty of fitting material.
If you can look past the fact that this film is closer to a remake than a sequel, it’s an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. Might not be original, but it’s still funny.
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Here we go... again!
Enjoyed the first, but didn't expect to see it again! Like IRON MAN 2 and SHERLOCK HOLMES 2, this seems more like a retread than a sequel. In the rush to get it out hot on the success of the first somebody forgot to spend a wee bit of time on the script... Still, fun in parts, but it lft me with a sense of deja vu which (like the dreadful Tony Scott, Denzel Washington movie) left me feeling like I'd been had... Hey, I just paid to see the same film - twice!
I thought that it was a good follow up to the first part. Quite enjoyable and really funny.
i enjoyed it after everyone left the party i was at and we watched it on a big screen outside. :)
Repeat, not really sequel
I laughed hard sure, but the whole thing seemed more like a play-by-play of the first movie. Favourite characters like Alan, who in the first was likeable, now seems annoying. Where the first film didn't go OTT, this one did and even at the end went into the must-avoid realm of cheesy. The funniest part was the end photo snapshots...
save your pennies
Loved this movie. And I loved the first one. So they used the same formula for the sequel.. Why fix what ain't broke? It obviously works.
Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong stole the show in this one. Shock factor's pretty high, but its a fun movie. Its been a while since I've laughed so hard at the movies, and walking out of the theatre at the end, we were all still giggling.
Almost exactly the same as the first one with not quite as much magic, still some decent laughs though
Nothing new here
The film was ok, and had some good laughs, but did we really need it? No. It's just the same as the first one just set in a different country and a different person getting married, and a different person getting lost...
Watched it on release day and laughed hard. The references to the first were well done and as usual Alan garner was the highlight of the movie. Highly recommend this movie for anyone who enjoyed the first. However Mike Tyson his cameo was completely a waste of time.
Hangover 1 in Thailand!
Had a few laughs with this one last night, but definitely was feeling kind of 'samey'. Though if you liked the first one it's definitely worth a watch, go on a Tuesday when it's cheap though, so you wont feel ripped off about paying for the same movie twice.