The Hangover Part II
The movie opens like the first one: Phil calling to say things are messed up. For this disaster, the wolf pack is back at it again, and this time, they are in Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After arriving in the foreign country and an uncomfortable family supper, the main group of friends, along with Teddy, relax by a fire and crack open some beers. The next morning, Stu, Phil, and Alan wake up in a random room with a monkey, Chow, and a severed finger.
Phil, Stu, and Allan are back at it again. We get virtually the same characters as the original, and very little has changed. Allan is still a stay-at-home son with a massive lack of social awareness. He misses the Wolfpack in the time that occurs between movies, and he feels abandoned. Stu is still a dentist, but he doesn’t end up with the kind woman from Las Vegas. He is still a very interesting character, an upstanding citizen with one hell of a mean streak. Phil is still classy as always, but he seems to have mellowed a little bit, fatherhood has tamed him just a little. He is still cocky and loves to have fun.
Fair warning, if you loved The Hangover you are going to love this one. If you hated The Hangover, you are going to hate this one. It’s a lot of the same movie, with a different plot. The foundation is nearly the exact same, and with the same characters, it’s nearly the same movie. I still enjoyed it, but I also loved The Hangover.
I thought the movie flows pretty seamlessly, and our new characters are great. The same idea for a second movie is risky, but I thought this paid off. The new location, paired with a totally different set of events made for a movie that was hilarious and really entertaining. That crude humor that made part 1 so good continues to carry this movie because the plot like it did in The Hangover, gets really thin at points. The comedy keeps you engaged, and it makes this movie way better.
The characters are really fun once again, but because they don’t change a ton between movies I’m going to dive into the secondary characters instead. We get a ton of side characters, some prove to be very important and some we see twice. Most of the side characters are missing pieces of the puzzle that is the forgotten night, and they are pretty entertaining. The underlying, smaller plots that reveal themselves slowly are where some of the best secondary characters really get to shine. I thought Mr. Chow was awesome, and both Kingsley and Samir were great. They added to an already funny movie with little quips and things that weren’t super important, but really funny.
The Hangover Part II is a really funny movie that follows in the footsteps of the first. It has some great moments, some great characters, but a thin plot at times. Definitely an enjoyable watch, but be wary if you didn’t like the first one.
Hangover Part II carries that same comedic feel of the first one, but this time, there are higher stakes and a new location. Between the two movies, I prefer this one, but not by much more. It was a fun movie to enjoy.
As usual, let’s get the negatives out of the way, shall we? The first thing I want to mention is Stu’s character. I’m not sure what happened between this movie and the last one, but I didn’t enjoy his character as much this time around. To me, he just seemed a bit more annoying to watch. Besides Stu, I didn’t quite mind the others as well. The other area that I didn’t quite enjoy as much was the beginning of this movie. Compared to the first one, it felt a bit slower.
With that out of the way, the positives. First off, I liked the plot of this movie more than the first. Being set in a foreign country opens up many opportunities and this movie uses those opportunities to its advantage. It was nice seeing a movie based somewhere outside of the US. Similar to the first movie, the plot is crazy, and the events that happened during the memory loss are a lot more intense. I also enjoyed the stakes in this movie. This time, the person who goes missing isn’t part of the core group and is instead someone who was there to tag along with the fun. Besides the plot, I enjoyed all the side characters and side stories that moved in parallel with the main plot. It was fun seeing Chow again and how he had his own storyline while the wolf pack had theirs.
Overall, The Hangover Part II was an enjoyable movie and is a worthy sequel to the original. IF you’ve seen the first, you won’t be disappointed with the second. But be warned, this is an R rated movie.
The Hangover Part II is the perfect title for this film as that is exactly what this film is a pretty similar sequel to the first. Honestly, that would probably be my biggest negative to get it out of the way, it is just too similar story-wise to the first and therefore feels like a copy in some ways. Now while I still personally prefer the first one this does have some elements that make it funny. For starters, the chemistry between the characters is still there and is what really brings this whole movie together.
Seeing Phil, Stu, and Alan back together again is great with their constant back and forth continuing to bring many comedic exchanges. The returning characters like Doug, who I wish had more screen time, does a really good job with his time on screen and so does Chow who gets tons of funny moments throughout as well. Another positive for this film is the location as this time the wolfpack is in Thailand and more specifically Bangkok which has its own crazy things that our trio can get up to. Once again, the shock value of many scenes makes them quite funny and there are many scenarios here that you will laugh at because of how unexpected they are. While humour is subjective there are also quite a few good jokes in here as well that made me laugh. The way they put the puzzle together in this one was also quite fascinating and I liked the way we slowly found out about the night before but again that was straight out of the first one.
All in all, I thought this was a pretty solid and funny movie that I was glad to watch again and would recommend but if you’re hoping for something different then this isn’t going to be that and you might just want to watch the first one again. So hop on Netflix and see for yourself.
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