The Hangover Part II (15)



Comedy (2011)
101mins US

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Jamie Chung, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Paul Giamatti
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer(s): Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, Craig Mazin
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Stu has finally found love with the beautiful Lauren and is poised to marry her in a traditional ceremony in Thailand. Stu, Phil, Alan and Doug head east along with Lauren's 16-year-old brother Teddy to a luxurious resort. However, the celebrations teeter on the brink of disaster when Phil, Stu and Alan wake from a night of boozing with no recollection of the night before.

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The Hangover Part II - By Amelia Abraham

The wolf pack is back with a Thai twist - this time around Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug open their bleary eyes to Bangkok...

HANGOVER PART II, THE. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURESThe Hangover (2009) - high grossing, hugely popular, hilariously funny - a tough act for director Todd Phillips to follow. It would seem, however, that Phillips has the comedy formula sorted. Last year, his road-movie Due Date proved a hit, gearing audiences' hopes high for the sequel of the summer, The Hangover Part II. The cast remains largely unchanged, bar the peculiar addition of a cameo from Paul Giamatti. Zach Galifianakis is up to his old tricks as Alan, the moronic character to blame for the drunken catastrophes which constitute both films' narratives, and blue-eyed hunk Bradley Cooper continues to charm as Phil. Phillips sets the film apart from its predecessor, then, not through casting or plot, but through his choice of location and Thailand is a real culture shock for the gang. Just when we thought the hangover couldn't get any worse, their antics are even more problematic than in Las Vegas. They are utterly lost, hence the film's cryptic refrain - "Bangkok has them now".

While it was Doug's bachelor party we watched in the first film, this time it's Stu's. He's adamant the pre-wedding celebrations remain civilised, but when wildcard Alan shows up, things turn ugly and, after waking up clueless the morning after, the gang must unravel the mysterious and debauched events of the night before.

HANGOVER PART II, THE. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES. Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon. (L-r) ED HELMS as Stu, BRADLEY COOPER as Phil and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Alan in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures comedy THE HANGOVER PART II, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.Although The Hangover Part II could be criticised for its many similarities to the first film, specifically regarding the plot, it offers enough in the way of strippers, car chases and the warmth of genuine friendship to compete with its predecessor. It's also big-scale for a comedy; a heavy hip-hop soundtrack conspires with sweeping extreme long shots of Bangkok to let Phillips once again deliver his implausible, ridiculous, rock'n'roll brand of comedy.

- Amelia Abraham

The Hangover Part II - By Jo Planter

Todd Phillips's hair of the dog to the highest grossing comedy film of 2009 is a 101-minute alcohol- and drug-fuelled bender that strands the same beleaguered characters in the same hellish nightmare and watches them squirm...

HANGOVER PART II, THE. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. (L-r) SASHA BARRESE as Tracy, JUSTIN BARTHA as Doug and NIRUT SIRICHANYA as Fohn in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comedy THE HANGOVER PART II, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.The location may have changed from sun-baked Las Vegas to tropical Thailand but The Hangover Part II rests lazily on its moldering laurels, engineering familiar scenarios to inflict the maximum physical and emotional distress on the two-dimensional characters. The sequel curbs a few excesses - less plot, less laughs, less fun - and merrily chugs down a cocktail of racist, sexist and homophobic jibes that leave a nasty taste in the mouth. Phillips's film is crass and offensive and doesn't paint Thailand or its people in a particularly favourable light, trading on stereotypes for the sake of a snigger. Almost without exception, the male characters are unlikeable and deserve everything they get while women serve two purposes: to answer the telephone or stare adoring into their man's bloodshot eyes.

Dentist Stu Price (Ed Helms) has fallen madly in love with Lauren (Jamie Chung) and they plan to marry in a traditional ceremony in Thailand. Best friends Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper), Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) and Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) are invited and they take the long haul flight with Lauren's 16-year-old brother Teddy (Mason Lee), who is destined for a career in medicine. The quintet arrives at the hotel resort and greets wives Tracy (Sasha Barrese) and Stephanie (Gillian Vigman) then celebrates with a beer and toasted marshmallows on the beach. Doug makes an early exit to his hotel room while the other men continue to party. The next morning, Phil, Stu and Alan wake in a sleazy Bangkok hotel room, with pounding headaches and no recollection of the night before, and in Alan's case, considerably less hair. "It's happened again," moans Stu as the trio scours the city for Teddy, crossing paths with shady businessman Kingsley (Paul Giamatti), flamboyant criminal Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) and a larcenous monkey.

HANGOVER PART II, THE. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. (L-r) BRADLEY COOPER as Phil, ED HELMS as Stu and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS as Alan in Warner Bros. Picturesand Legendary Pictures comedy THE HANGOVER PART II, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.The Hangover Part II is a tasteless, preposterous and ultimately pointless tale of east meets west which careens from one improbable set piece to the next including the concealment of a dead body and a high-speed car chase. Cooper's natural charm wilts in the heat while poor Helms is the butt of most of the jokes, literally so for a sequence at a dancing club where the screenwriters become sniggering schoolboys. The groom-to-be's showdown with his sneering father-in-law, who understandably doesn't want Stu polluting the gene pool, falls flat like the rest of the film. Galifianakis is obnoxious from his opening scene and we struggle to comprehend his presence at the wedding, other than to drive the other protagonists to drink. Welcome to the lifeless, soulless party.

- Jo Planter


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