Men behaving badly, again

2011-05-30 00:00

A COUPLE of years ago The Hangover became a sleeper hit. It was the story of a bunch of pals who have one helluva bachelor party in Las Vegas and wake up with amnesia trying to fathom just what happened during the night.

This sequel, creatively titled The Hangover 2, takes place straight after the first film with Stu (Ed Helms) having planned a quiet wedding in Thailand with his wife-to-be Lauren (Sucker Punch’s Jamie Chung). He is determined to make things right, but it all turns hilariously chaotic when Stu wakes up in a seedy Bangkok hotel with a Mike Tyson tattoo around his eye. The last thing he remembers is eating marshmallows supplied by Alan (Zach Galifianakis) at a beach bonfire. Rule one of avoiding hangovers — never take anything supplied by Alan.

For those interested in trivia, the tattooist was originally going to be played by Mel Gibson, but the cast and crew refused to work with him. Liam Neeson then took on the role, but was replaced by Nick Cassavetes in re-shoots.

With Stu in the hotel room is Phil (Bradley Cooper) who literally has a chattering monkey on his back. The cigarette-smoking simian does an awfully good job of stealing the show along with Alan, who is one of the most offbeat characters to recently grace our screens.

Galifianakis seems to be made for this role and his comic timing and interpretation, as in the first film, are one of the highlights.

As the three guys and the monkey try to piece things together they discover some very embarrassing truths about the night and the repercussions that lead to all manner of chaos. As the song says, one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.

The Hangover 2 is pretty much a clone of the original movie, but I don’t believe that it will upset many of the its fans.

Operating much like a sitcom, it is the time spent with the characters that matters, and I found that the audience during the screening were very engaged, anticipating and delighting in the familiar antics of men behaving badly.

It is great if you like bawdy comedy. ***

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