As I said in my last review, sequels are a tricky issue. There are a bunch of approaches you can take. However there is one approach that should never, ever be used and unfortunately, as I predicted, The Hangover Part 2 went there. I had been hoping for better, the first Hangover movie was hilarious in its unpredictability. From the tiger in the bathroom to the naked asian man leaping from the trunk, the film was one uproariously laugh out loud fiasco. So the Hollywood movie machine decides, “Hey we made a lot of money on this, let’s do it again.” Unfortunately, do it again does not mean get the writers to get more creative, more original and more random. In this case it means let’s follow the exact formula that made the first film a success, it’s bound to work again.
In this installment, our lovable “Wolf Pack” teams up in Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) marriage to Lauren (The adorable Jamie Chung). He insists that after the last horrendous bachelor party, he wants only a quiet brunch at IHOP. However, when his friends Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and the childlike eccentric Alan (Zach Galifianakis) decide to have a beer around a fire on the beach, they suddenly wake up in a strange place and no memories of the night before. (sound familiar?) This time, they are missing Stu’s 16-year-old soon to be brother-in-law, Teddy (Mason Lee). Doug is safe back at the hotel (he left the party early), so they have someone to cover for them while they search. Otherwise it’s all more of the same, there’s an incident with a hooker, a stolen animal, an issue with the criminal underground, etc, etc, etc. It’s the exact same story told in another city (Think Home Alone 2 with dirtier jokes). Some of the things they do are so bad you don’t want to see the pictures during the credits. (yes, they have that too, even an impromptu song from Stu covering the events of the night, they copied everything.)
The saving grace of this film is the cast. You get these guys together and hilarity ensues. So, even if you have seen the jokes before, they are still funny because these guys make it so. The only exception is Ken Jeong as Chow, while he was brilliant in the first film as the sexually ambiguous criminal mastermind, in this film he just comes across as annoying (and we see way too much of his anatomy way too often). But Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis still leave you rolling as the bumble, stumble and crash head first into every event the film throws at them. We’ve seen it all before, but it’s just still damn funny.
Final word: Can See in Fun Comedy