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The Hangover 2

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The Hangover was a very funny film, a very funny film indeed. So much so that when I watched it with a few friends and a take away, I very nearly choked on my tikka masala. It was that rare breed of film that was best seen with a bunch of people, like in a cinema. Its success surprised everyone, none more so than the cast, from which we are now most aware is Bradley Cooper and to a less female, more indie audience, Zach Galifianakis. Oh, and Stu, the Jewish dentist who was the one getting married. And as anyone knows, to a movie studio success equals sequel. So here we are, The Hangover 2 and the boys are back.

Stu (Ed Helms) is fixing to marry Lauren (Jamie Chung). After the disaster that was his first bachelor party, Stu insists on not having one this time around, much to the chagrin of Phil (Cooper), and the instigator of the last fiasco Alan (Galifianakis). The boys or Wolf Pack agree to fly out to Bangkok to celebrate their friend’s upcoming nuptials. After the pre-wedding meal, the boys go to the beach for “one beer.” You can see where this is going.

One beer turns into a seedy hotel room in inner Bangkok. Phil is face first down on the floor, Alan falls from the top bunk of bunk beds, completely bald and carrying a monkey on his shoulder. Stu is in the foetal position in the bath, sporting a tattoo not unlike Mike Tyson’s. But alas they have misplaced Lauren’s younger brother Teddy (Mason Lee). And the fun begins.

Cue a quite funny second half, but personally speaking I found the set ups quite ridiculous. The first film had a certain recklessness attached to it, and was supported by a likeable foursome in the lead roles. This time around there is too much time spent building up relationships between characters and subplot. Not that type of film, I would have preferred to get stuck into the aftermath of the drunken shenanigans.

That being said, the film is harmless enough.

And there are genuinely laugh out loud moments. My personal favourite being the look of shock on Stu’s face when his latest conquest does a 360. There are funny set pieces littered around the last hour, which save the film from being a tad smug. The cast look to be having a great time, with Galifianakis being the stand out star again, blessed with the best one liners and a face made for comedy timing. A good way to spend two hours, but please don’t start a Facebook page for The Hangover 3. That would be one vodka and white too far.

 

2.5 / 5

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Written by thepanch

June 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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