Directed by: Todd Phillips
MPAA Rating: R
The Hangover Part II is the sequel to the highly successful The Hangover. In this second go around the gang head to Thailand for Stu’s (Helms; The Office) wedding. Still suffering trauma from their Las Vegas adventure, Stu is dead set on not having any kind of bachelor party. But they all still wake up in a Bangkok hotel room with no memory of the night before. They have to piece together what happened and find a missing member of their group and make it back to the island the wedding is on.
So did you see The Hangover? If you answered “yes” then there is no reason for you to see this movie. It’s pretty much the same movie in a different setting with some different things happening during the blackout. Unfortunately if you didn’t see The Hangover you’ll be missing out on a lot in this movie. A lot of it references the first movie and so knowing what happened there is important.
But is it funny? Well kinda. It could be. If you were very easily amused. It was really just mostly predictable and so much of the same stuff from the first Hangover that it wasn’t as funny as it could have been. It really is just like the first movie. I feel like I could have forgiven that if I had some real hard laughs but everything was just kind of ok. They give away lots of it in the trailer and it felt like everyone was there to get a pay day.
The real crime here is what they did with Zach Galifianakis’ character of Alan, which is they made him just not very funny. He’s still responsible for some of the funniest lines in the whole movie but it seems like the scripted pieces just made him to be extremely unlikeable, and not in a good way that serves plot, but in the way where you don’t want to watch him.
Overall this is a big money grab and is a sequel to a movie that doesn’t need one. Save your money.