Movies – Rendezbooze for the fans

2011-05-26 09:58

Film: The Hangover Part II (Nu Metro)
Director: Todd Phillips
Featuring: Bradley Cooper, Zach ­Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson
Rating: 6/10

The writing team for this sequel to the sleeper comedy hit The Hangover is not the same, but the trio clearly used the same template from the first movie.

After surviving Las Vegas, Stu (Ed Helms) has finally found the love of his life – a Thai woman whom he intends to marry in her home country in front of her disapproving father.

To circumvent any chance of a recap of Las Vegas, he invites his two best pals – Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) – to a bachelor brunch. Without a party, there can be no shenanigans, or so the logic goes. However, fate – or rather Hollywood producers in search of a sure buck – conspires to make Stu invite the awful, mayhem-causing Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to the wedding.

You guessed it! Before long, Stu, Phil and Alan wake up in a strange place, where they find a monkey, a severed finger and one of their mates with a facial tattoo.

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, they do. Stu realises that the one person missing from the party is Teddy (Mason Lee), his fiancée’s younger brother and the apple of his father’s eye. Obviously they can’t go back to the wedding venue without him. And so begins the great search for clues to glue back the night before.

Yes, you’ve seen it all before. The monkey replaces the rather impressive tiger from the first film that had the added kudos of belonging to strongman Mike Tyson, and the tattoo replaces Stu’s self-dentistry attempts. Then, of course, there’s the expected run-in with the law, the dangerous outlaws and, of course, the prostitute.

Galifianakis is going to need a string of endless Hangover movies because it’s the only role he is capable of playing.

He played the same role in the terrible Due Date, which tried to capitalise on the success of The Hangover.

It is Alan’s shameless selfishness that is the catalyst for all that goes wrong for this group of friends. It is he who keeps in contact with Mr Chow (Ken Jeong), who caused all the trouble in the first film and does the same here, sending
this trio of suburban men on a fact-finding mission through the nether regions of Bangkok. It isn’t quite as funny as their drunken stumble through Las Vegas though.

The Hangover Part II is not awful. It is merely derivative and the surprise factor that made the first one such an irreverent delight is gone. The Hangover rejigged the road trip and buddy flick genres to create something completely new. This sequel simply covers the same old ground.

It will appeal to die-hard fans of the first film, but personally I’d rather watch the first one again.


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