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The Hangover Part 2
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:23

The Hangover Part 2“Bachelor party”… After the popularity of 2009’s The Hangover, I wonder how many soon-to-be grooms found themselves forbidden to even speak those two little words! Boys behaving badly would be putting it mildly after the insanity these guys got up to. It might have been a bride’s worst nightmare, but man, it was a funny movie! It far outshone its’ label as just another raunchy comedy by being shockingly outrageous, well-written and brilliantly put together.

The problem with The Hangover Part 2 is that it is an exact replica of the first and while this might sound like a formula for repeat success, it’s not. What was fresh and surprising is now stale and predictable, like the writers took a bunch of words out of the original script and played Fill In the Blanks (ie: Remove “tiger”, insert “smoking monkey”).

The WolfpackThe best thing this movie has going for it is that the “Wolfpack” of guys leading you through the jumbled story are awesome. Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, and Ed Helms are still as brilliant in their roles as the first time round. The guys have real chemistry together, which is amplified by all the supporting actors, especially Ken Jeong as the exceptionally eccentric coke-snorting criminal Mr. Chow. He is one weird dude!

Instead of Vegas, the guys hit Thailand where Stu (Helms) plans to marry the love of his life. Monkeys and drugs and tattoos! Oh my!Of course, his best buds are invited to the wedding, but he insists that there will be no bachelor party after the horrors of their last experience. Of course, things get out of hand and, no surprise, the boys wind up in Bangkok – a place that makes Sin City look like Sunday School.

There are still a lot of funny moments, and audiences who laughed at the dirty gags in the first will probably laugh here too – but the element of surprise is gone, leaving behind a movie that simply reminds us of how good the first one was. Parties like that aren’t meant to be repeat events.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Starring Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms.

Ed Helms’ stunt double was seriously injured during filming and was in a medically induced coma.