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May 27, 2011

Morning sickness

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:31 pm

May 27, 2011

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung

Director: Todd Phillips

Anyone who swears by The Hangover is likely to be disappointed by its sequel, which as it turns out is a carbon copy of the earlier film. With The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips has made the exact same movie all over again. Except that he’s set it in Thailand, and the jokes aren’t that funny anymore.

So once again, a bachelor party spins out of control and the guys wake up the next morning with no memory of the previous night’s misadventures, only to realize that someone is missing. From there, it’s a mad rush trying to retrace their steps and to put the pieces together.

Two years ago, The Hangover crept into our cinemas quietly. With a cast of mostly unknowns and a director who was hardly A-list, the film arrived with no expectations whatsoever. Yet, that ribald comedy went down as 2009’s biggest surprise hit thanks to the novelty of its premise and the unpredictability of its characters and their behavior. Remember how shocked you were when one of them pretends to jerk off a baby? Or when they discover a tiger in the bathroom? Or when Mike Tyson shows up?

The new film doesn’t work because it’s missing that element of surprise. That joy of stumbling into an outrageous, unexpected joke has all but vanished in The Hangover Part II, whose gags feel so familiar that you wonder why you’re paying to watch the same film again. Our heroes Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) wake up not in a Caesar’s Palace suite on this occasion, but a fleabag hotel in Bangkok. Instead of finding a baby or a tiger in their hotel room, they find a chain-smoking monkey. And Ed, who’s the groom-to-be this time round, doesn’t wake up with a tooth missing, but with a tattoo on his face.

Gross gags are plenty in this sequel, as you would expect from a comedy set in the seedy streets of Bangkok. In The Hangover Stu woke up to discover he’d married a stripper. In this sequel, let’s just say he’s done something far more shocking. Mr Chow (Ken Jeong), that effeminate criminal from the earlier film returns too, and shows us more of himself than we’d like to see. They even repeat the end credits photo montage, a clever way to fill in the blanks from the blackout night; but while it’s more adult this time, it doesn’t have the same comic impact as it did in The Hangover.

The biggest disappointment in this film is Zach Galifianakis, who reprises his role as bearded man-child Alan. After practically stealing the earlier film with his hilarious one-liners and his deadpan delivery, Galifianakis plays Alan as a not-particularly-lovable weirdo this time. The only scenes in which we see that old spark are the ones in which Alan takes an instant dislike to Stu’s brother-in-law who he fears is threatening to infiltrate the Wolfpack.

The Hangover Part II is not without a few laughs, but the operative word here is ‘few’. The best jokes in this film, incidentally all appear in the trailer. I’m going with two out of five for The Hangover Part II. Prepare to seriously underwhelmed.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

20 Comments »

  1. that’s crap! hangover 2 is better than the first part!

    Comment by sam — May 27, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  2. sry..sir..i beg to differ….i thought it was funny…in most tof the parts..n sumtimes…disgustin(read..stu’s adventure..n the stripclub)….but i liked it..they went overboard…n..tried for shock value..insted of character..driven jokes like in the first one..but it is funny..and ..i liked it!

    Comment by sravan — May 27, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  3. for the first time u got it wrong RM .i was really surprised with u r rating 2/5.if this part was similar to the first part ,it doesnt mean that movie is nt gd.it was really as gd as first,infact to me it was way better than the first .idk what happened to u this time RM.99 per i hv got respect towards u.but this i think it has gone down to 80 per.sorry sir

    Comment by sam — May 28, 2011 @ 12:02 am

  4. the worst review ever…….
    Luks lyk masand needs to be tickled by someone while he’s watchin to make him smile.. Total crap s tat review….

    Comment by aashiq — May 28, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

  5. i loved this movie. My brother had to point out a few times that i am laughing too loudly. lol.

    for critics its a occupational hazard to give bad reviews to this movie because there is absolutely zero originality but from a viewers point of view it just cant get better.

    Comment by amit — May 28, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  6. its a bad review , d movie is full of laughter, newness, nothing much is old( except for the cast and title) dnt knw wat u didnt like in it,,,really surprised, if mr rajeev u dnt like dis dan u must be a fan of GUZARISH

    Comment by harjot — May 28, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  7. Bang on.

    I actually didn’t have problem with the exact same story. When someone talks about hangover and that too after bachelor party this is the exact root one can take. So going in to the movie this is what I expected.

    But you said it right, the surprise factor is missing, Zack could have better lines and jokes are simply gross-not funny. It was like–if you can’t come up with smart script make it dirty–you know like what happened to our very own Priydarshan. Same scripts and over the top-confused-chaos ridden scenarios.

    Comment by PS — May 29, 2011 @ 12:03 am

  8. I loed the movie =))

    Comment by hemant — May 29, 2011 @ 6:34 am

  9. Sorry….but a really bad review. Whether a movie is a sequel or not, reviews should be on the movie’s own merit. I saw Hangover 1 & 2 and I felt Hangover 2 was funnier than 1st….at no point i felt bored.

    And frankly…how can Break ke baad, a film which seemed to have no continuity, unbelievably stupid plot, poor acting, zero comic moments and movie experience that felt like “please end it soon….a loo break will be more entertaining,” receive the same 2.5 rating as the Hangover 2….which i enjoyed from beginning to end.

    Your review needs a review!! :p

    Comment by swati — May 29, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  10. Hi,
    the movie was good but not as good as its predecessor, I agree surprises were missing and there was no good song to finish up the movie, (remember, You spin my head right round .. :D) but 2 star is a bit unfair.

    Comment by Debasis — May 29, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  11. i beg to differ as well. i agree with your reviews most of the times, but this time round you got it wrong. i loved the movie. it was hilarious.

    Comment by madmax — May 29, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  12. Totally agree. What a waste of time and money! If I wanted to see the same jokes and story again, I would just rewatch the original…And I’m sure I would find it more funny than its sequel even on repeat watching!

    Comment by Sanjay — May 30, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  13. Come on rajeev ……u r quickly becoming Raja Sen from rediff known for the dumbest reviews( raja gave 3 idiots a 2 stars!!!!!)…………This movie is cool if not awesome ………look at it it must have been the most difficult sequel to make but they still manage to rock………..Everyone go for it…..if u loved the first one u gonna like this one too………the jokes are more adult and the set up is more of a thriller comedy………3.5 stars from my side…………When is the next one coming…..

    Comment by parul kumar — May 30, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  14. i feel 2/5 is enuf 4 this mvie .. true dat this sequel missing d spark esp with Galifianakis, same old story repeating again wid an xtra charctr teddy.. may b some laughs will entertain bt not all , evn some comedy bits r repeated .. Todd annonced Hangoover III ,hopes it turns out to b outrageous next time…

    Comment by kaalesh — June 2, 2011 @ 12:57 am

  15. What’s missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise and the actual joy of having all these crazy situations happen. This is a dark and morbid cash-in and nothing more, except with some chuckles. Good review, check out mine when you can!

    Comment by Dan O. — June 2, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  16. Totally agree….biggest disappoint is zach…looked like not at all interested in the whole movie.

    Comment by rajesh — June 2, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  17. seriously sad movie….. the jokes were also not that funny…. see the first part again instead of watching this crap…hollywood producers should stop making sequels just for monetary gains without having proper script…

    Comment by sanket shah — June 2, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

  18. Good review.. very disappointing movie..!! The 1st part was far better..!! the 2 movies are leagues apart

    Comment by Kashif — June 3, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  19. Anks Movie Review: “The Hangover 2” (2.5/5) – Well, again if I see this movie as a separate one, I may like it. But I will keep my comparing radar ON… coz The earlier one was the cult. The same concept but in Bangkok. I think the biggest flaw was- director tried too hard to keep the flow of movie as similar to the old one. Jokes were new but idea was old…. there was not that element of surprise like previous one. But I was not bored and disappointed at all.

    Comment by Ankesh — June 4, 2011 @ 1:42 am

  20. i think d movie ws cool nt as gd as first pt bt ws nt so bad…………

    Comment by harshit — June 4, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

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